The *Original* "Running Scared" is a great gun movie


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Trebor
March 6, 2006, 12:52 PM
The original "Running Scared" with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines (RIP) is a great gun movie.

For those of you who haven't seen it, they play a pair of undercover Chicago cops. In contrast to the "Let's be careful out there," motto of "Hill Street Blues," when things go bad, their commander asks them, "You weren't being careful, were you"? Careful get's you killed."

There's a great scene early in the movie where they are mugged by a couple of thugs with zip-guns. Billy Crystal explains why his police issue .38 is better than their crappy, home-made .22.s'

This is also a great shoot-out that shows how confusing a shoot out can be and how important it is to properly ID your target. (And to wear body armor).

This is also one of the few movies where charactes are shown charging their magazines before hand. There's a great scene where the characters are loading UZI mags and the mags are spread all over a couple tables.

If you haven't seen it, rent it. It's a comedy, but it's a notch above a lot of other '80s buddy-movie comedies.

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VirgilCaine
March 6, 2006, 03:59 PM
I've seen part of it, have to catch all of it sometime.

Can'thavenuthingood
March 6, 2006, 04:54 PM
The "Running Scared" movie in the theaters now isn't a remake. Its an entirely different story line. No comedy involved, pure drama and suspense.

Vick

mordechaianiliewicz
March 6, 2006, 05:03 PM
It's one of the few buddy cop movies I've seen I like

Pork Fat
March 6, 2006, 08:19 PM
Very good movie overall-not just because of the excellent Crystal and Hines chemistry. Worth checking out for the early sightings of Jimmy Smits and Joe Pantoliano.
Good gun movie overall, but the eighties facination with Micro-Uzis sorta corned up the finale shootout. I did enjoy the two fresh-punk cops playing Miculek with their (.44?) Magnums and running out of ammo way too soon.
Plus everyone should have a police motorcycle in their bedroom.

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