By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and U.S. society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where “runners” attempt to evade “stalkers” and certain death for a chance to be pardoned and set free.
- Year: 1987
- Country: United States of America
- Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
- Studio: Braveworld Productions, Keith Barish Productions, TAFT Entertainment Pictures, HBO
- Keyword: prison, based on novel or book, chase, dystopia, post-apocalyptic future, hunting human beings, game show, death game
- Director: Paul Michael Glaser
- Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura