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Running Scared (1986)

Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer who nearly killed them in the past.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Gary DeVore (story), Gary DeVore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Hines ... Ray Hughes
Billy Crystal ... Danny Costanzo
Steven Bauer ... Det. Frank Sigliano
Darlanne Fluegel ... Anna Costanzo
Joe Pantoliano ... Snake
Dan Hedaya ... Captain Logan
Jon Gries ... Det. Tony Montoya (as Jonathan Gries)
Tracy Reed ... Maryann
Jimmy Smits ... Julio Gonzales
John DiSanti ... Vinnie
Larry Hankin ... Ace
Don Calfa ... Women's Room Lawyer
Robert Lesser ... Supoena Lawyer
Betty Carvalho Betty Carvalho ... Apartment Manager
Louis Perez ... Thug
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Storyline

Danny and Ray are two street wise cops in Chicago. When they are almost killed on a case, they are forced to take a vacation by their captain. Key West offers a substantial change over Chicago. They decide to quit and open a bar there. Upon returning, they find that Julio, the drug dealer who nearly killed them, has made bail and is trying to complete a giant drug deal. They decide to complete their case against him before quitting, but then begin being careful. Their effectiveness drops as they find they can't operate the way they did before if they don't have the edge of a long time commitment. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

They've got 30 days to clean up Chicago before they retire to Paradise... Losing their police car, their suspect and having their cover blown is a real bad start. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Running Scared See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,227,757, 29 June 1986

Gross USA:

$38,500,726

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,500,726
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original script was written for Gene Hackman and Paul Newman before Peter Hyams decided to make the Hughes and Costanzo characters younger. See more »

Goofs

When Ray jumps down from the top of the garbage truck after shooting through its windshield from above, we clearly hear the sound of his gun hitting the ground, but when he pops back up to approach the truck from the front, the gun is in his hand. See more »

Quotes

Captain Logan: Your pal Gonzales is back on the street.
Danny Costanzo: What?
Captain Logan: He made bail. And if he gets the right lawyer, he probably is gonna go free. Right now, he's a private citizen, just like you two wanna be.
Ray Hughes: Private citizen? The man shot Snake in front of four police officers!
Captain Logan: You witnessed him pull the trigger?
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Connections

Referenced in Severance (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Once In A Lifetime Groove
Written by Chris Perren, Freddie Perren and Richard Wyatt Jr.
Performed by New Edition
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User Reviews

 
entertaining bromance
4 May 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines star in "Running Scared" from 1986. Joining them are Jimmy Smits, Steven Bauer, Dan Hedeya, and Joe Pantoliano.

Danny and Ray (Crystal and Hines) are two Chicago cops who are sent on a vacation when they are nearly killed during a case.

The two go to Florida and decide to quit the force and open a bar. Since Danny has been left money by his aunt, he is able to buy a rundown building they can refurbish.

When they return to Chicago, the drug dealer that almost killed them, Julio (Smits) is working on a big drug deal. They decide to close that case before leaving the force. They find that, with an eye toward retirement, it's not as easy as they thought.

Comedians, for some reason, don't have a long shelf life in terms of film stardom - witness Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Robin Williams - after a time, even if they stay in movies, their roles become less.

Billy Crystal is another example. Marvelously funny, there's no doubt that some of his improvisational skills were utilized in "Running Scared," and he and the late Hines make a great pair. Though this isn't a great movie, it's definitely fun, filled with humorous repartee and one hilarious car chase. At one point, the two are robbed and beg to keep their wallets, especially their badges, which they show to the perps.

Many funny moments and some great music, including the wonderful "Sweet Freedom" sung by Michael McDonald. The actors also appear in a video of the song, which can be seen on youtube.


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