The Running Man Trivia
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Rewind ArchiveRunning Man was directed by Paul Michael Glaser who is, of course, Starsky from TV's "Starsky and Hutch"!
Thanks to Robert BaumIn addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger's fellow bodybuilder and best man at his wedding to Maria Shriver, Franco Columbo, another European-born muscleman and member of the wedding party also appeared, Swede Sven Ole Thorsen appeared in the film. Sven's character was named Sven.
Rewind ArchiveThere is so much musical talent involved with this movie: Harold Faltermeyer did the score, John Parr contributed a song, Paula Abdul was the choreographer and Maria Conchita Alonso, Mick Fleetwood and Dweezil Zappa all have roles in the movie.
Thanks to C.T. WarrenRichard Dawson might be the only person in film history ever to have a retort for Schwarzenegger's signature line written for him. When Richards warns "I'll be back", Killian scoffs "Only in a re-run."
Rewind ArchiveRichard Dawson had plenty of game show experience: He was the first host of "Family Feud" and a panelist on "Match Game" and "I've Got A Secret".
Rewind ArchiveTwo of the stalkers really are dead now: Professor Toru Tanaka (Subzero) died of heart failure in 2000, while Erland Van Lidth (Dynamo) died of a heart ailment shortly after the movie's release.
Editor Kara VictoriaPrior to being elected, Jesse Ventura, former Governor of the state of Minnesota and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, appeared together in three films: Predator (1987), The Running Man (1987), and Batman & Robin (1997).
Rewind ArchiveThe movie made 70 million dollars at the U.S box office.
Thanks to inspectorrexStay through the closing credits. You'll be rewarded with this 'sponsorship message':
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Promotional considerations paid for by Kelton Flame throwers, Wainwright Electrical Launchers and Hammond and Gate's Chainsaws.
Damon Killian's wardrobe by Chez Antoine, 19th Century craftsmanship for the 21st Century man.
Cadre trooper and studio guard sidearms provided by Coltchester, the pistol of Patriots.
Remember, tickets for the ICS studio tour are always available for class A citizens in good standing.
If you would like to be a contestant on the Running Man, send a self addressed stamped envelope to ICS talent hunt, care of your local affiliate and then go out and do something really despicable.... I'm Phil Hilton, good night and take care...
Thanks to Sergio MendozaProfessor Toru Tanaka was actually a professional wrestler, who wrestled for Vince McMahon's WWF (WWE) and won the company's tag team championship with partner Master Fuji in the 70's.
Thanks to Phantom PlanetActor Richard Dawson also starred in the classic comedy sitcom 'Hogan's Heroes.'
Thanks to DrewWhen Richards is getting on to the truck to find his brother, the truck is heading into a gated tunnel. That tunnel/set was the same place used for the resistance hideout in the miniseries "V" - and also was the gang hideout in the movie "The Replacement Killers".
Thanks to Andrew BackhouseErland van Lidth's singing in the film is genuine, he really was trained to sing opera. He only appeared in three other films: "The Wanderers" (1979),as "Terror", "Stir Crazy" (1980), as "Grossberger", along with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, and "Alone In The Dark" (1982), as Ronald 'Fatty' Elster, with Donald Pleasence.
Thanks to Nick SpringsteenThere is a cool cameo from Dweezil Zappa, son of legendary singer Frank Zappa and sister of Ione Skye (The life and times of Jimmy Reardon). His shining moment comes during the underground's broadcast of the truth, his men blast their way into the ICS control room and Dweezil quips, "DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL!"
Thanks to AnonymousThe Running Man is part of Stephen King's The Bachman Books, a series of books published by King between the years of 1977 and 1982 that were published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
According to King in his 2002 memoir On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, The Running Man was written within a single week, compared to his normal 2,000 word, or ten page per day output (King comments that writing a novel would normally take approximately three months to complete at the pace). King described The Running Man in The Importance of Being Bachman as "...a book written by a young man who was angry, energetic, and infuriated with the art and the craft of writing."
Also in The Importance of Being Bachman, King describes the book's protagonist, Ben Richards, as "scrawny" and "pre-tubercular". King also added that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played Ben Richards in the film adaptation of The Running Man, portrayed the character very differently than he wrote about him in the book, saying that Richards (in the book) was "...as far away from the Arnold Schwarzenegger character in the movie as you can get."
Thanks to Gerrie HavengaWhen Richards and the girl arrives at the airport, the announcer mentions Pretoria and Mandelaville. In South Africa at the time the capital was Pretoria and Mandela was in prison. Is there a sublime message here?
There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".
But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "The Running Man".
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