The Running Man

The Running Man (1987)

12 corrected entries

Corrected entry: When Richards shows up in the studio for a final showdown, a firefight breaks out causing everybody to flee. The television audience is able to watch the entire battle which would be impossible as all stage crew and camera operators fled the room.

Correction: The cameras were left running when the crew fled in haste as the firefight began, also, the control room crew was being held at gunpoint by Stevie (Dweezil Zappa) and other members of the resistance so that the unedited footage exonerating Ben, among other things, can be broadcast without interruption. So, although the cameras were unmanned, they were still active and subject to being switched from the control room.


Corrected entry: When Amber stumbles on the decayed, skeletal remains of a runner, she picks up a dogtag from the body and reads the name "Whitman." If the dead runners had name tags, where are her and Richards' tags?

Robert Cotton

Correction: This is a question and not a mistake. We don't have enough information about why they had dog tags. However, we do know several key factors. 1: These are the runners the public think made it and are living it up (so the dog tags could be related to that.) 2: Richards is a military prisoner and The Running Man game show doesn't have rights to use them, so special permission was made. 3: Amber was a late entrance because she was caught snooping around and wasn't a planned contestant (and it seems neither were Weiss and Laughlin).


Corrected entry: When Fireball first enters the arena and chases after Ben and the woman, the distance Fireball is from them changes from shot to shot.

Correction: All 3 are constantly moving, and there are several cut away shots to the audience. In the one shot change of them being chased, the camera angle changes dramatically, altering the perception of distance.


Corrected entry: When Sub-Zero pushes Weiss into the net, Weiss slides towards the camera. Just before hitting the camera, you can see the camera guy's hand sticking out to stop Weiss.

Correction: Weiss never slides towards the camera, the camera is always behind or to the side of him. And he never hits anything other than the net, and there's never someone else's hand seen.


Corrected entry: In the scene before Richards is sent down the tube, he says "Killian". When Killian comes in to hear, he lowers the microphone. Then when they cut to Richards to say "I'll be back", the shot back to Killian has him having the microphone up near his mouth again.


Correction: There is enough time between the shots for him to move it.


Corrected entry: After Ben Richards kills Buzz Saw, he hears Amber scream. The scream he hears is the exact same scream played when Richards and Laughlin first enter the Buzz Saw kill arena.

Correction: It's not implausible that people can scream the same exact way many times.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Sub-Zero is introduced, he takes his "hockey stick" blade and promptly cuts the gong in half. You can clearly see where the gong was pre-cut and held together with what looks like gold coloured tape.


Correction: He is staging a trademark stunt for a television show. The gong is a prop, precut in order to make his character seem more ferocious.

Corrected entry: When Arnie goes back to his brothers apartment and finds it's been taken over by a woman who lives by herself, how come he still finds a change of clothes that fits him?

Correction: Amber tells him she has a box of items that the previous owner, who she just learned was Arnold's brother, left behind. Why she kept the box, we do not know, but probably because she is a nice person and kept the box in case the previous owner or a friend came back to claim the items. That explains why Arnold has a change of clothes that fits.

Corrected entry: Why does the cage that Arnold straps Killian into at the end suddenly take flight as it leaves the tunnel and explode? There is no ramp and the others don't do this. Did Arnold slip a bomb into Killian's pocket?

Correction: The knob that Arnold turns as Killian is launched probably controlled the speed at which the cage would go through the tunnel. It is clear that the cage is moving much faster than it did when Arnold was in it.

Corrected entry: How can Arnold tell it's a food riot, when he only has white dots on his helicopter screen? And why does he report "approximately 1500 civilians" - did he count to 1500, while relaying other information? And how come he reports 1500, when there aren't 1500 dots. And how come he knows the crowd are unarmed? Perhaps he should have flown down for a closer look instead of beating up his flight crew.

Correction: Most information systems are designed with the intent of quickly summarizing information for human consumption. Perhaps the fact that they are dots instead of squares or triangles indicates that the people are unarmed. Each individual dot may represent a group of 50-100 people. Perhaps the fact that they are white dots indicates that this is a food riot (which might be relatively peaceful), whereas red would indicate a full-scale revolt. Without powerful summarization capabilities, what good would this targeting/tracking/etc. system be?

Corrected entry: When the video of Arnold's helicopter incident is shown to the Running Man audience, the last shot in the video is of Arnold being struck with the butt of a rifle, from Arnold's perspective. If the video was supposed to be shot with some interior surveillance cameras in the chopper, how is it that the last shot is from a person's (Arnold's) point of view, and obviously not a camera's?

Correction: It is shown (in the faked fight to the death scene) that the TV engineers can fake any footage they want, from any angle at all. They obviously faked this shot to show the 'criminal' Arnold getting what was coming to him.

Corrected entry: In the shot where Ben and Buzzsaw are fighting, the saw chain can be seen to stop several times, even though the engine does not slow down.

Correction: All chainsaws have a clutch.



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Damon Killian: Hi, cutie-pie. You know, one of us is in deep trouble. You know who I am?
Ben Richards: I've seen you before. You're the asshole on TV.
Damon Killian: That's funny. I was gonna say the same thing about you.



In the scene after the prison break, we see Richards, Weiss and Laughlin walking through the city. On the big television screen there is a commercial for The Running Man game show. The footage they feature on the commercial is footage from the episode Richards is in. How could they show footage from that episode if it has not taken place yet?



When Killian is talking about the next possible contestant, he points out he's 120 pounds and wouldn't last 30 seconds. This is somewhat making fun of how they used Arnold Schwarzenegger to portray Ben Richards. In the book "The Running Man" (which has a very different structure), Ben Richards is described as "scrawny", the complete opposite of Arnold.