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Running Scared (1980)

It's 1961. Two servicemen smuggle a box of military gear to USA. Leroy tries out a military camera and accidentally takes a picture of some military facilities. Army finds one of the pictures and thinks they're communist spies.

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Paul Glickler

Writers:

Paul Glickler (story), David Odell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Wahl ... Chas McClain
Judge Reinhold ... Leroy Beecher
Annie McEnroe ... Sally Mae Giddens
Bradford Dillman ... Arthur Jaeger
John Saxon ... Captain Munoz
Pat Hingle ... Sergeant McClain
Lonny Chapman ... Pa Beecher (as Lonnie Chapman)
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Col. Williams
Tim Brantly Tim Brantly ... Kid in Jalopy
Mary Lawson Mary Lawson ... Ponytail
Lisa Felcoski Lisa Felcoski ... Sandy
Francine Joyce Francine Joyce ... Robin Winston
Malcolm Jones Malcolm Jones ... Storekeeper
Tom Tully ... C-47 Pilot
Roger Pretto Roger Pretto ... Commando Lieutenant
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Storyline

In 1961, Chas and Leroy, two fun-loving military serviceman who had enough of the service, leave Panama as stowaways in a military cargo plane flying for the States. Leroy is not satisfied with compensation for his army days, so he smuggles with him one box of military supplies, which he plans to sell in the USA. He tries out a military camera on some military base they fly over and throws away the photos. In the states, an army cleaner finds photos inside the plane and alerts his superiors. They think the stowaways are communist spies and the base starts a frantic search. Written by Anonymous

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Mercilessly Hunted Down For A Deadly Secret They Possess! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Back in the U.S.A. See more »

Filming Locations:

Dade County, Florida, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

The name of the new rock n' roll dance performed at the diner was the "Twist". This dance became the first ever world-wide dance craze in the early 1960s around the time when this film was set (early April 1961). See more »

Goofs

U.S. Air Force insignia on the stock footage C-47 transport plane changes position. When the aircraft is in flight the insignia/logo is more toward the center of the fuselage. As the aircraft lands in Florida the insignia is after the cargo doors closer to the tail. See more »

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YOU BRING ME LUCK
Music by Roger Kellaway
Lyrics by Gene Lees
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Judge Reinhold and Ken Wahl are caught up in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion!
29 September 1999 | by Frank-113See all my reviews

Chas McClain(Wahl) and Leroy Beecher(Judge)are returning home to Florida from military service in the Panama Canal zone as stow-aways on a C-47 cargo plane. Leroy is smuggling a trunk full of guns, cameras, and other goods he has appropriated as his Army "discharge bonus"

When the C-47 makes an unexpected supply drop at a secret military base, under preparation for a Cuban invasion, Leroy innocently takes a photograph while testing his new infra-red camera.

Chas and Leroy's civilian freedom is short-lived because a paranoid intelligence agent has discovered evidence of Judge's photography and assumes the boys are spies. Captain Munoz(John Saxon)doing his best Cuban,officer in the invasion force, is ordered to bring in the boys for questioning. Order are to stop at nothing, including torture, to get the answers they want. This is some of Reinhold best acting, he shows skill he hasn't use since. A good late-nite actioner. Oh yeah lots of cool cars from late 50's and early 60's.


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