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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.


Peter Hyams


Gary DeVore (story), Gary DeVore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »




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


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


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Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apunta, dispara... y corre See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,227,757, 29 June 1986

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gary Devore, the screen writer for this movie, disappeared in June 1997, while driving at night from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Santa Barbara, California, prompting an extensive search and media speculation. His disappearance was featured on Unsolved Mysteries. A year later, he and his car were discovered submerged below a bridge over the California Aqueduct near Palmdale, California off Highway 14. Devore was driving back from Marsha Mason's home where he was reportedly collaborating on a new screenplay. It is believed that Devore may have fallen asleep and went off the road and drove into the aqueduct See more »


In the scene in which Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal are discussing their shooting accuracy at the get away vehicle with the men who tired to rob them after they first arrest Snake, Hines' character says he hit the windshield with all six shots. However, there are only 5 bullet holes in the windshield. See more »


Danny Costanzo: Thanks to us, there's twelve guys with machine guns in there.
Ray Hughes: You're right. We better both go.
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Spoofs White Nights (1985) See more »


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Hines and Crystal, cops of the 80's
15 July 2011 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Gregory Hines (Ray Hughes) and Billy Crystal (Danny Costanzo) form a cop-buddy duo who are after a bad guy called Julio Gonzales (Jimmy Smits).Running Scared (1986) is directed by Peter Hyams.Crystal and the late great Hines make a great pair as those two cops.And Smits makes a great villain.Joe Pantoliano also does neat job as a baddie they call Snake.Dan Hedaya is quite excellent as Captain.Darlanne Fluegel does very fine job as Anna Costanzo.Larry Hankin appears as Ace, and he's very good.John LaMotta is seen as Evidence Officer.Running Scared doesn't do anything that memorable to make it a classic, but it does entertain enough.The ending works, and the chase on train tracks looks pretty cool.To all those who dig buddy cop movies of the 80's this is worth checking out.

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