Nowhere to Run

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An escaped convict fights for his rights while hiding out from the law in this action drama. Sam Gillen Jean-Claude Van Damme is a thief who, despite his criminal past, is an essentially decent man; he ended up behind bars after taking a murder rap for his partner. Sam escapes from prison in a daring jailbreak, and he hides out on a remote farm while on the run from police. A young boy named Mookie Kieran Culkin finds the fugitive and takes him in; it seems that the farm belongs to his mother Clydie Roseanna ...
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An escaped convict fights for his rights while hiding out from the law in this action drama. Sam Gillen Jean-Claude Van Damme is a thief who, despite his criminal past, is an essentially decent man; he ended up behind bars after taking a murder rap for his partner. Sam escapes from prison in a daring jailbreak, and he hides out on a remote farm while on the run from police. A young boy named Mookie Kieran Culkin finds the fugitive and takes him in; it seems that the farm belongs to his mother Clydie Roseanna Arquette, and soon Mookie and his sister Bree Tiffany Taubman have become friends with Sam, and Clydie and Sam fall in love. However, Franklin Hale Joss Ackland, an unscrupulous land developer, wants to buy Clydie's farm and isn't taking no for an answer. When Hale's thug Dunston Ted Levine tries to use force to drive Clydie off her property, Sam is ready to fight fire with fire. Nowhere to Run was co-authored by noted screenwriter Joe Eszterhas; Richard Marquand received his story credit posthumously.
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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
It's hard to pinpoint the most gloriously ludicrous element of this Jean-Claude Van Damme thriller, which was directed by Robert Harmon (The Hitcher) and co-written by Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct). Maybe it's the improbable casting of offbeat urban pixie Rosanna Arquette as Clydie, a proud, kindly widow fighting to save her farm from greedy real-estate developers. Possibly, it's the fact that Clydie's kids have been saddled with the names Mookie (Kieran Culkin) and Bree (Tiffany Taubman) -- unlikely monikers that seem downright preposterous when applied to a pair of precocious urchins. Perhaps it's the script's attempt to manipulate heartstrings via poor, fatherless Mookie's paternal longing for Sam, Van Damme's escaped convict with a heart of gold. Probably, though, it's Van Damme's frequent semi-nudity and the script's resulting sexual anxiety. We get Sam looking at porno mags in his woodland hideout. We get Bree and Mookie stumbling on the naked Sam as he bathes in a lake. And ultimately, we get a frank discussion about the size of Sam's manly endowments between Clydie, the kids, and Sam himself -- all over a hearty breakfast. If this film had starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and made 100 million dollars at the box office, these varied facts could have provided the basis for many interesting theories about gender roles and the state of the American family in the 1990s. Given that Nowhere to Run is a far more modest production, however, its many idiosyncrasies serve only to distract attention from the fact that it's not a very good action movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • UPC: 043396523791
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Claude Van Damme Sam Gillen
Rosanna Arquette Clydie
Joss Ackland Franklin Hale
Ted Levine Mr. Dunston
Kieran Culkin Mookie
Tiffany Taubman Bree
Edward Blatchford Lonnie
Anthony Starke Billy
Jackie Burch
Gene Lebell Bulldozer Man
Manny Perry Prisoner
Allan Graf Bus Driver
Leonard Termo Bus Guard
Robert Apisa Prisoner
Jophery Brown Prisoner
Tony Brubaker Prisoner
Ron Howard George Prisoner
Jack Lucarelli Prisoner
Peter Malota Prisoner
Frank Orsatti Prisoner
Thomas Rosales Jr. Prisoner
Ron Stein Prisoner
Sven Ole Thorsen Prisoner
Jack Verbois Prisoner
Chuck Zito Prisoner
James Greene Country Store Clerk
Steve Chambers Pick-Up Truck Thug
Stephen Wesley Bridgewater Tom Lewis
Christy Botkin Sarah Lewis
Luana Anders Town Meeting Chairwoman
Kevin Page Hale's Associate
Albie Selznick Hale's Associate
Jack Gill Bulldozer Man
Jeff Ramsey Bulldozer Man
John Rubinow Clydie's Husband
Stanley White Cop in Diner
John Finn Cop in Chase
John Kerry Big Thug "John"
Tony Epper Fire Thug "Al"
Technical Credits
Robert Harmon Director
Gary Adelson Producer
Craig Baumgarten Producer
Michael Benson Cinematographer
Leslie Bohem Screenwriter
Billy Burton Stunts
Brian W. Cook Asst. Director
Joe Eszterhas Original Story, Screenwriter
Randy Feldman Screenwriter
David Gribble Cinematographer
Mark Helfrich Editor
Mark Isham Score Composer
Jeff Jarvis Special Effects
Joseph P. Lucky Art Director
Tony Mark Production Designer
Richard Marquand Original Story, Screenwriter
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Douglas Milsome Cinematographer
Michael Rachmil Executive Producer
Zach Staenberg Editor
Eugene VanVarenberg Associate Producer
Dennis Washington Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perhaps Van Damme's Best Effort

    David Sheehan of NBC-TV said back in 1993 that this is 'the best Van Damme movie ever'...and I am inclined to agree with him. Jean-Claude plays the part of escaped convict Sam Gillen, who is hiding out by a pond just over the hill from Clydie's (Rosanna Arquette - Desperately Seeking Susan, Pulp Fiction, Hope Floats & The Whole Nine Yards) farm, unbeknownst to her. During his daring escape from a prison bus, his partner in crime, Billy (Anthony Starke - Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, Licence To Kill, Repossessed & Inferno) is killed, leaving him with a metal box full of cash and a cassette tape in which he says his goodbyes. Sam had earlier taken the rap for something that Billy had done, and was serving the prison sentence for him. One night, as Sam is settling down to sleep in his tent, he hears music coming up the hill from Clydie's house, and he moves in closer to investigate. He sees Clydie and her two children Mookie (Kieran Culkin - Home Alone Movies, Father Of The Bride Movies & The Cider House Rules) and Bree (Tiffany Taubman - TV's Mad About You & Star Trek Voyager) readying themselves for bed. When Clydie goes to take a bath, Sam enters the home and Mookie hears him come in. Sam leaves taking the salt shaker with him, and Mookie, being the imaginative young boy that he is, thinks it is E.T. come to visit him. The next night, Sam enters again, and Mookie throws a ball down the stairs to him, whispering out...'E.T....Is that you?' Sam leaves, placing the salt shaker back on the table and Mookie follows him over the hill to where he is camping out. That is where they meet, and Mookie takes an instant liking to Sam, as his own father has passed on due to a medical condition. Meanwhile, plotting against Clydie to take possession of her land, is a greedy real-estate developer Franklin Hale (Joss Ackland - Lethal Weapon 2, The Mighty Ducks & K-19: The Widowmaker), his hired help Mr. Dunston (Ted Levine - The Silence Of The Lambs, Flubber & Heat) and the local sheriff who is sweet on Clydie. But Clydie will not sell at any price to anyone, which is much to the vexation of Hale. He sends a few ruffians over to her place one night, and Sam steps in sending them back with their tails between their legs. Though having doubts as to why he is there, Clydie is grateful and allows him to stay on her premises, and he moves his belongings to her barn. As the tension between Clydie and the land developers escalates, the warmth and feelings grow between Sam, Clydie and her children...until things finally boil over and Sam has to step in one final time in defense for what is right, and for the newfound family he loves. ***This is certainly not what I expected when I went to the movie theater all those years ago to watch this movie. It is not your usual Van Damme-age type of kick 'em sock 'em affair. This is something different. In fact, it reminded me partially of Witness starring Harrison Ford & Kelly McGillis. It had a very good story and plotline to it. Though the children are outspoken to a degree (for example: Bree mentions the size of Sam's manhood over breakfast after having seen him quite by accident while he was bathing in the pond, and Clydie shares with Mookie the fact that Sam spent the night in her bed one morning because Mookie was looking for him...and after telling Mookie to let him rest for a couple more hours, Mookie responds with 'What did you do to him?!?'), the parts they played were quite believable and well done. Personally, I felt this was the best acting that Van Damme has shown in any of his movies. He stayed within himself, not trying to go overboard as he has done in so many of his other efforts, yet displaying his talent for martial arts, though well hidden, in his conflicts with the ruffians throughout the movie. And the ending was also quite realistic and believable. He had made some mistakes in his past, and he knew that he had to come to terms with them...setting the right exam

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Only a Few Decent Van Damme Movies

    Other than Lionheart, this was the only Van Damme film I ever thought was interesting enough to buy. The plot is nothing new but the film makes up for it. Roseanna Arquette is a single mother trying to hold onto her land and Van Damme plays a naked drifter who befriends her children. This is a role where you can finally take Van Damme seriously. His acting is still not wonderful, but he's believable as Sam and the more he helps out the lady, the more you enjoy him. It's a beautiful love story and Van Damme proved he had the presence to be a romantic actor. This probably won't be a top pick for hardcore action fans who want something blown up every five minutes. This film does have action, but unlike Van Damme's other one-dimensional films, the plot of this film is something worth paying attention to.

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