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Runaway (1984)

Tom Selleck , Cynthia Rhodes , Michael Crichton  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Alley, Stan Shaw
  • Directors: Michael Crichton
  • Writers: Michael Crichton
  • Producers: Kurt Villadsen, Lisa Faversham, Michael I. Rachmil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TX5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Runaway" on IMDb

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From the creator of Jurassic Park and Sphere comes another spine-tingling sci-fi action thriller. It is the future. A sinister plot is turning helpful robots into assassins, and a cop is caught in a deadly showdown with the madman controlling the killer machines. They were crafted for the purpose of serving man. But now, guided by an evil force, they're committing murder in this fast-paced, futuristic action-adventure. Tom Selleck stars as Jack Ramsay, a sergeant in the Runaway Squad - a security force dedicated to the termination of defective or runaway robots. Ramsay and his assistant Thompson (Cynthia Rhodes) are called in when two electronic engineers meet violent deaths. They discovera link between the murders and the development of a terrifying new weapon by an evil mastermind. Ramsay and Thompson are attacked by murderous robots as they close in on the brilliant and insane electronics genius behind it all, Charles Luther (Gene Simmons). Then the deadly chase begins in this taut

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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A purely entertaining sleeper December 14, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I don't understand all of the negative comments on this movie. The story was good. The cast was good. The special effects were good. What is the problem? Granted it is SCIENCE FICTION! The story is no more far fetched than most other hard sci-fi films. Anyway, I am wasting this review defending the film from the critics.
The film is based in the near future, when robots (rather believable ones) can be found in many homes and businesses performing menial or repetative tasks. A certain level of AI has been reached but these machines are far from perfect, and seem to malfunction with some regularity. This background sets the scene for Tom Sellek and his partner who are police officers who specialize in deactivating "runaway robots." It also forshadows the evil genius Gene Simmons who has a bunch of wonderful (and lethal) robotic "toys." He also has developed an explosive "smart bullet" which is encoded with a specific target's thermal pattern and can home in on that target, even around corners. Anyway, without giving anything away, the plot gets more involved as Sellek and partner track down Simmons to a final exciting showdown.
My best recommendation here is that if you are a fan of hard sci-fi movies, Tom Sellek, Kirstie Alley, or Gene Simmons (of Kiss fame) then you will probably like this movie. It is nicely paced, with some intense moments and a satisfying, if cliched ending. If you are on the fence about whether or not to see this film, get it. I'll wager you won't be disappointed.
P.S. I'm waiting patiently for the DVD verson.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with this picture? NOTHING! June 10, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Poor Tom Selleck. I swear everybody loves him but he never gets a hit movie. This happens to be a very good SciFi movie. I know since there are not many I don't own. Not to mention you have a good director and great music. Add in a cool evil Vectrocon doctor played by Gene "Kiss" Simmons with killer insect like robots and you have a winner.

Selleck plays Sgt. Jack Ramsey, a cop that polices runaway robots. Since most of them are fairly harmless house units it starts out a bit comical. But as the story develops with a Vectrocon secretary played by Kirstie Alley finding out about killer robots. Add in some incredible heat seeking signature bullets that can turn corners and the tension mounts.

The DVD includes some extras including Bios on the stars. The picture and sound quality are sharp. Well worth owning on DVD, especially for fans of Tom Selleck.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent mid-80s sci-fi with a great score. July 14, 2001
This is the archetypal "average" movie. Whilst not expertly handled by director Crichton (yes, Michael Crichton), Runaway at least succeeds in being reasonably interesting and very watchable. It's one of those movies that succeeds in being very enjoyable without actually being that good; there is something very comfortable about the tone of the whole film. Whilst most of the set-pieces could have been more tightly edited and paced, there is an undeniable consistency in the visuals throughout. And note has to be made of Gene Simmons (yes, from Kiss), who makes a convincing bad guy, and the subtle but workable chemistry between Tom Selleck and the glammed-down Cynthia Rhodes.
The film boasts an impressive electronic score by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, done in the same year as his beautiful work on Ridley Scott's Legend, at which time Goldsmith was in the process of moving over to synthesizers. The closing theme, which plays out as Selleck and Rhodes kiss under showers of sparks, is exhiliarating.
The DVD is unremarkable, with a fairly good transfer and sound if nothing in the way of extras (unless you're still counting trailers).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gene Simmons plays a fantastic bad guy! July 19, 2004
When I am watching a 1984 sci-fi movie, I am not expecting to see an oscar calibur portrail full of twists and turns. Some may call it predictible, but myself I feel that the story flowed and made sense. Too many times have I seen a movie wher its certainly unpredictable because the plot climax comes out of nowhere. Tom Sellek plays the part well and is very believeable as a hardened and some what cynical cop. Gene Simmons in one of his only noteworthy film performances takes his KISS type persona and plays the evil genius well. I for one enjoyed this movie alot, and unlike Blade Runner didn't find myself watching it 5 times to understand the very shallow story line. If you are looking for a believeable near future story, pick this up.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underated Movie August 22, 2000
Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck) is a sergeant on the runaway squad - a police squad dedicated to robots. Ramsay and his new partner (Cynthia Rhodes) track down an electronics genious named Charles Luther (Gene Simmons) who has programed robots to kill. After the murders of two electronic engineers Ramsay discovers Luther has stolen a new weapon and plans to sell it to the highest bidder.
Its hard to believe this movie is sixteen years old. I like all the actors in this movie and have seen it several times and it still is not boring. The only problems i have with it is that the dvd does not have many options on it and there are two very cheesy scenes at the begining.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A review from a robot junkie May 12, 1999
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I'm afraid I have to disagree with Mr. Maltin, although I'm biased because I've loved anything to do with robots since I was a small child. While the plot _is_ a bit weak, Crichton's carefully constructed "world of the near future" populated with construction robots, housekeeping robots, security guard robots, robot pets, etc. is one of the most realistic treatments of the subject I've seen in a long time. People who, like me, have followed the development of real robots and eagerly await the arrival of the world depicted in "Runaway" will enjoy the robots in the movie at least as much as the human characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ok movie but I'm a gene Simmons fan so had to have it
Published 2 days ago by Scott Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All aspects of the sale were satisfactory.
Published 3 days ago by beau
3.0 out of 5 stars runaway
its an old movie and it shows in the writing and directing but it is entertaining and re watch able
Published 28 days ago by ted schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway
I guess it was alright it was for my sister, no complaints, If I don't get bad feed back I asume it was good.
Published 1 month ago by Lonell Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars tom as a different kinda cop .
saw this movie when it came out years ago and loved it , now i own it , to watch over and over again .
Published 1 month ago by frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film here !
Fan since the time of it's release. Good film. Fun to see Gene Simmons in the BAD GUY role. Don't ignore this film if you have not seen it. Sci-Fi drama style. Unique story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonas Snell
3.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Throwback Movie
Gene Simmons is an excellent villain in his breakout role as a sinister dealer of black-market computer components that can be programmed to kill. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angela Harp
3.0 out of 5 stars Just doesn't hold up
I saw this movie in a local theatre as a boy and loved it. Whle filling in some gaps in my sci-fi collection I came afross this DVD and ordered immediately... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars review
Finally found this on DVD had to have it. Big Selleck fan. Would recommend it to everyone. Plan on buying Highroad to China.
Published 3 months ago by Grayghost
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I loved this movie. I first saw Runaway in the late 80's. Gene Simmons of Kiss and Tom Selleck from Magnum P.I. made this an excellent movie, great actors. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Metal667
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I agree. I've been watching this DVD on Amazon for a while and the price hasn't even moved a tiny tiny bit! When I reached my 2500 points I got my giftcard from Amazon and bought it. Didn't have to pay at all lol.
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