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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.

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Det. Tony Montoya (as Jonathan Gries)
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John DiSanti ...
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Women's Room Lawyer
Robert Lesser ...
Supoena Lawyer
Betty Carvalho ...
Apartment Manager
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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 frozen Chicago. They decide to quit and open a bar in Key West. 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 Julio 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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27 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apunta, dispara... y corre  »

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$38,500,726 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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In several outdoor scenes, snow is simulated with foam. See more »

Goofs

During the chase through Chicago, Ray Hughes is moving his hand on the steering wheel but the wheel itself does not move. See more »

Quotes

[Having just arrived to Key West, Florida, Danny and Ray see a crowd of people gathered at the docks]
Danny Costanzo: What's going on? What happened?
Ray Hughes: I don't know. Maybe a ship sank.
Danny Costanzo: Somebody drown?
Julie: We're watching the sunset.
Ray Hughes: Yeah, right.
Danny Costanzo: Really, what happened?
Julie: The sun is setting, can't you see it?
Ray Hughes: Don't give us that, the sun sets every night!
Julie: Yeah, and we come out every night to watch it. Isn't it beautiful?
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Referenced in Panic (2000) See more »

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I Just Wanna Be Loved
By Ready for the World
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When it's good, it's very, very good.... but when it's bad it's horrid.
29 June 2004 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Peter Hyams is a director who always delivers exhilarating action sequences but struggles to fill the quiet moments in his films with anything of substance. Yet again he has fashioned a film which is intermittently terrific - especially when the emphasis is on action - but during moments when plot and character development are thrust to the fore, things become decidedly mediocre. Still, at least Billy Crystal is on hand to provide some memorable verbal wit.

Two Chicago cops, Crystal and Gregory Hines, are busily trying to put various scumbags behind bars for drug crimes. Their main target is Julio Gonzalez (Jimmy Smits), a big-time drug lord who constantly eludes their grasp. For a while, the guys leave wintry Chicago and sample the good life in Key West, Florida, but ultimately they just can't let unfinished business lie. Against their better judgement, they return to Chicago to finish the one job they've still got to complete.... the capture of Gonzalez.

Hyams delivers one simply awesome chase in which the heroes pursue their quarry by car, but somehow end up driving on the city's elevated-railway tracks. He also manages to squeeze in a genuinely funny scene in which Crystal makes a wacky anonymous phone-call, complete with goofy voice. However, Hyams is let down - yet again - by the periodic lulls in his story. The whole Key West sequence is boring, even though it bears relevance to the plot. And on too many occasions, Crystal's marital troubles interfere with the story (again, they are certainly relevant, but are played in a very dull way). It's worth watching Running Scared once, but during subsequent viewings it might be advisable to fast-forward through the dreary scenes to get to the good bits.


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