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Running Scared [VHS] (1986)

Gregory Hines , Billy Crystal , Peter Hyams  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Steven Bauer, Darlanne Fluegel, Joe Pantoliano
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Gary DeVore, Jimmy Huston
  • Producers: Peter Hyams, David Foster, Jonathan A. Zimbert, Lawrence Turman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: January 13, 1998
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792837800
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


This moody 1986 buddy picture and police drama represented a change of pace for both stars. 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

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original cop buddy dramatic comedy July 15, 2001
Before the Lethal Weapon and Die Hard series, there was Running Scared. Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal turn in a wisecracking performance right up there with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Bruce Willis. Two of Chicago's top plain clothes detectives, Ray Hughes (Hines) and Danny Costanzo (Crystal) have been duking it out with the bad guys for a long time. Their latest nemesis is Julio Gonzales (Jimmy Smits, excellent in his movie debut), a drug dealer looking to become Chicago's "next Al Capone". As they pursue Julio, a situation gets out of hand and our boys have to be rescued by a couple of undercover cops, convincing their Captain that Hughes and Costanzo need a break. Next things you know, they're in a bar in Key West, trying to break out of their funk. As they walk out to the beach, there is a crowd of people staring out into the ocean. Danny asks a beautiful woman: "What's going on - did a ship sink or something?" "No.." she replies, "We're watching the sun set." Danny gives her an incredulous look : "The sun sets every day!" She smiles: "Yes - and we come down to watch it every day." Looking back at the ocean, he retorts: "Well, this had better be good!" As they skate, fish and sunbathe the days away (not to mention enjoying the company of a variety of gorgeous bikini-clad babes), they start to enjoy themselves and end up buying a bar ("We'll have wet T-Shirt nights for women over 60!") in preparation of retiring when they return to Chicago. (After seeing these scenes, I just had to visit Key West and have been going back each year ever since!) Relaxed and ready to retire to the good life, they return to Chicago and give their 30 days notice. Upon learning that Julio is continuing his rampage, they vow to put him away before they retire. Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy movies just don't get much better than this January 7, 2002
The only fault to RUNNING SCARED is that they never made the intended sequel, STILL RUNNING. However, as a side note, do NOT pick up the DVD for the purported 'outtakes' advertised on the packaging; it's little more than a real of Billy Crystal talking to a camera and mucking around in his studio trailer ... a tremendous disappointment to an outstanding buddy picture.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy and Action but heads March 7, 2004
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Gregory Hines, and Billy Crystal have the type of chemistry together that most actors wish for. A true classic action/comedy, the originator of the buddy genre. This is where Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard began. This is one of those movies that has become an under appreciated classic. Well worth the price, especially now that is is on DVD. Required viewing for anyone who truely likes the buddy cop movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll watch it over and over! March 31, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my all time favorite movies! I was so excited to see it was available again through Amazon! I have a taped from TV version, and I have watched it so many times, I have to replace it! You'll laugh, and get so involed with the characters, you'll wish it was a 4 hour movie! Thank you Amazon for making it available to me....... I'll watch it the minute it arrives!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Running Scared March 7, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
For anyone who gets caught up in the day-to-day grind, this video is for you! It will take you away...and for anyone who has ever been to Key West, this movie will make you miss it even more! Very funny movie while re-learning the lesson on appreciating what we have and the people in our lives but in a style only Hines and Crystal can deliver. These two are hillarious together! Can't wait for the DVD release!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The BEST "buddy cop" movie!! July 19, 2004
A guilty pleasure; I probably watch "Running Scared" at least once a year. This is probably the best of the "buddy cop" genre of films and also the best of the "cops n' comedy" movies too - thanks to the onscreen chemistry between Hines and Crystal. (There's a reason why all the Amazon reviews mention this "chemistry" - because it's really there, and it's the backbone of the movie!) The comedy comes not so much from actual punchlines, but from the sense that these two guys are married to one another; razzing each other, sharing a high-five (or even a hug), and having a million inside jokes and rituals that only the other knows. Thanks to the "chemistry" between Crystal and Hines, we believe Constanzo and Hughes are longtime police partners and friends, with a love for each other and a history that goes back 15 years.
Most of the other reviews have covered all you need to know about the movie (one reviewer going so far as to repeat all the dialogue from a scene that could've been cut), so let me digress and just explain what the title means. Police partners Hughes and Costanzo are reckless... going it alone, never calling for backup, hot-dogging, breaking the rules, and generally risking life and limb for the job. But after tasting the good life and handing in their month's notice, the two partners start playing it safe. Suddenly they're running scared, just trying to get through the month without dying. They call for backup. They begin wearing bulletproof vests. "You're being careful," their Captain observes. "Careful gets you killed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still love this movie.
This movie is an old sick-day favorite of mine from when I was a kid, so I remembered it fondly and re-watched it recently. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Emily S. Whitten
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Old but entertaining
Published 1 day ago by HK
5.0 out of 5 stars A typical Billy Crystal Movie and It is an enjoyable one.
Great Fun.
This is about two cops who have a reputation of not doing what they are supposed and getting their man. Read more
Published 8 days ago by apoem
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Great Movie!
Published 9 days ago by RJ
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this movie
I just love this movie. Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal are perfect together and they are also hysterical. Read more
Published 10 days ago by grandbaa
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
I think like this movie because it never takes itself too seriously. A lot of humor and comedy. One of the fathers of buddy movies. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Robert Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Running Scared
the movie is very funny and the whole family can watch it. You don't have to worry about the language that is in the movie or any bad sceans.
Published 21 days ago by Rhonda Luckenbaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Action Loaded Cop/Bad Guy Drama
The laughs just keep coming as this team of unorthodox Chicago Cops become embroiled with some of the more sinister drug slingers in Pilsen the Hispanic neighborhood. Read more
Published 1 month ago by crosscountryman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great
Typical 80's cop buddy movie. Entertaining, but hardly pioneering. Crystal and Hines have good chemistry, which is the only thing that saves an otherwise flat script.
Published 1 month ago by M. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Buddy Films
Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines have a chemistry that is part pinpoint comedy timing and part facial expressions. Their comedy is never forced, contrived or racial. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Kenyada
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