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Running Scared [DVD]
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Chicago cops Ray (Gregory Hines) and Danny (Billy Crystal) sail close to the wind in their law-enforcing tactics, and are forced to take leave when one of their stunts backfires. A holiday in Florida seems the ideal way to nurse their bruised professional egos, and to their surprise the duo realise that the beach lifestyle suits them much better than their daily confrontations with the Chicago criminal fraternity. They decide to hand in their notices and open a bar in Key West, but not without first settling an old score with gangster bigwig Julio Gonzales (Jimmy Smits).
Running Scared--a moody buddy picture and police drama--represented a change of pace for both stars in 1986. Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines play two Chicago police detectives who, feeling gun-shy about the inherent danger of their jobs, contemplate retirement in Florida. They just can't shake the allure of their work, however, particularly when their pursuit of a notorious drug dealer (Jimmy Smits) turns personal and deadly. While there are more than enough light moments generated by the easy and convincing rapport between Crystal and Hines, director Peter Hyams (The Star Chamber, 2010) succeeds in straddling the two disparate moods to create a taut and engaging action picture. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com
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Billy Crystal is simply excellent in this movie, and Gregory Hines seems to relish working with such a comedic [camera loving] talent. There is a real sense of camaraderie and friendship that transcends the movie and it's this that really makes the movie work. The story itself is some ridiculous plot about drug smuggling within Chicago (what better setting for a cop buddy movie), but really what carries the film are the jokes, the general banter and the chemistry between the two lead characters. You'll also get to spot actors on their way up Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, Bad Boys) and Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue, LA Law, Star Wars Episode III), but it's Crystal and Hines who really make the lasting impression.
Far from perfect, Running Scared is a great cult comedy movie. Like any 80s movie if you really analyse it on paper it doesn't work, but if you can capture the mood of a decade so well as this film does it deserves a watch for that alone. If you like your humour fast-paced and scatter gun, and plenty of action (car chases along an elevated subway track!) - not to mention a large dollop of 80s memorabilia (roller boots, 'shine sweet freedom' by Michael McDonald, fingerless gloves etc.) then this is the perfect way to spend a Friday night with your friends.Read more ›
Peter Hyams [‘Busting’] directs Gregory Hines [‘White Nights’] and Billy Crystal [‘City Slickers’] in the motion picture that asks the question, "How come the bad guys always drive the good cars?" The answer has them ‘Running Scared’ in this lightning-paced comic thriller. Ray and Danny are the wild men of the Windy City's police force. The pair's unorthodox methods get results in a tough town, until they come up against Julio Gonzales [Jimmy Smits, TV's NYPD Blue], a smooth-talking drug dealer who is bucking to become Chicago's first Spanish Godfather. Trying to nail Julio Gonzales, they blow a delicate undercover operation and are sent on a forced vacation to Key West, where they discover the good life of warm weather and warmer women. The new locale makes them decide to retire... but not before putting Julio Gonzales behind bars first. The stellar cast includes Steven Bauer [‘Scarface’], Darlanne Fluegel [‘To Live and Die in L.A.’], Joe Pantoliano [‘The Fugitive’], John Gries [‘Real Genius’] and Dan Hedaya [‘Blood Simple’].
Cast: Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Steven Bauer, Darlanne Fluegel, Joe Pantoliano, Dan Hedaya, Jon Gries, Tracy Reed, Jimmy Smits, Larry Hankin, John DiSanti, Don Calfa, Robert Lesser, Betty Carvalho, Louis Perez, Ron Cummins, Natividad Ríos Kearsley, John LaMotta, Richard Kuss and Jeff Silverman
Director: Peter Hyams
Producers: David Foster and Lawrence Turman
Screenplay: Gary DeVore and Jimmy Huston
Composer: Rod Temperton and Udi Harpaz
Cinematography: Peter Hyams
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: English: 2.Read more ›
The whole film moves along at a fair pace under the direction of Peter(Outland,Star Chamber)Hyams,is consistently funny and entertaining,and boasts one of the best car chases ever filmed.Being made well before cgi took over,it looks real because it is,the stuntmen really did earn their money on this one.Apart from the fashions and fads of the day,remember roller boots,the film hasnt really dated that much.Its still fresh and energetic,and is a great tribute to,and way of remembering,the late Gregory Hines.
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....
This is another one of those movies that disappeared without a trace, and has never really popped up on TV for nearly fifteen years.
It's not the best buddy cop movie of the eighties by far (that's Lethal Weapon), but it's still fun movie while it lasts.
Crystal and Hines are the best of friends and this is clear because Crystal always walks into Hines' apartment when he's getting down and dirty with the ladies.
They laugh and swear and get into scrapes, and take a vacation. This is a strange scene, as it just shows them as a pair of awful awful people, and the worst thing about it is the fact that Crystal is all oiled up and flexing his muscles.
And then it's back to basics, Jimmy Smits is back on the street, and the guys must get him before the end of the film.
We are then treated to a couple of car chases, with a few one liners and an impressive final set piece.
It's a shame i've seen this film quite a while after it was made, because I have seen so many buddy cop movies since and they have been a lot more slickly made and are a little more entertaining.
That said, it's choc full of eighties cheese and Crystal and Hines are great together.
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A brilliant and funny film from the eighties that I just had memories of from years back, therefore I had to see it again and was very happy once watched again!Published 16 months ago by Andy Cusack
One of the great cop buddy movies from the 80s. Running Scared's success lies in the strong script from Gary Devore and Jimmy Huston, who deliver some fantastic dialogue between... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Colonel Decker
Had to do some digging to find this film, i had never heard of it! Knew it would probably be a film i would like and i was right! Very good action comedy! Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2014 by Mr. C. J. Davies