The Running Man is a 1987 American dystopian action film directed by Paul Michael Glaser and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, María Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Yaphet Kotto, and Jesse Ventura. It is very loosely based on the 1982 novel of the same title written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
By 2017, the United States has become a totalitarian police state following a worldwide economic collapse. The government pacifies the populace through The Running Man, a broadcast game show, where criminals fight for their lives as “runners”, fleeing from armed mercenaries named the “stalkers”, to earn a state pardon.
Ben Richards, a police helicopter pilot, is framed for a massacre during a food riot in Bakersfield, California. Eighteen months later, he escapes a labor camp with two resistance fighters, Harold Weiss and William Laughlin, finding refuge in their camp, led by their leader Mic.
The resistance group look to hijack the ICS broadcast network’s uplink facilities to expose the government’s lies. Richards departs, visiting his brother’s apartment, finding it is now occupied by Amber Mendez, a composer, learning his brother was sent to a re-education camp.
The film’s soundtrack was composed by Harold Faltermeyer.