Lunchtime Movie Review

Running Scared (1986)

Episode #132

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released Running Scared to theaters on June 27, 1986. Peter Hyams directed the film starring Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, and Steven Bauer.

‘Running Scared’ Movie Summary

Two New York City cops are ready for retirement, but before they do, they want to bust a big drug kingpin.  MGM wanted Gene Hackman and Paul Newman to play the two leads.  But after signing director Peter Hyams to the project, they were convinced that the two heroic cops should be younger…and from Chicago.  MGM then went after Tom Selleck and John Travolta to play the lead roles of Hughes and Costanzo.

Unfortunately, Selleck had to turn down the role due to commitments to Magnum P.I.  And Travolta had several massages scheduled for that month.  So MGM had to find their two hard as nails cops somewhere else.  Eventually, they settled on the obvious choices of Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal.

Hines , best known for dancing his way through The Cotton Club and White Nights, and Crystal, best known at the time for Saturday Night Live, but whose best known film role had been a pregnant man in 1978’s Rabbit Test.  The man’s comedy was ahead of its time, beating Schwarzenegger’s Junior to the punch by nearly 16 years.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released Running Scared to theaters on June 27, 1986. Peter Hyams directs the film which stars Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, and Steven Bauer.

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  1. It’s always a little jarring to hear an old episode, very different style than your new episodes. Guessing this was recorded in 2012?

    1. This one might have even been in 2011, but it’s an old one. We have 9 or 10 more we will be re-releasing through 2020.

  2. Billy and gregory were two good actors here i mean this is a buddy comedy action movie reminds me of another 70’s movie of this kind called Freebie and the Bean which was a good action comedy movie i liked this one this one had some laughs and action to it as well it is a shame they did not do another one together anyway good movie worth watching i liked it

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