Running Hot

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Convicted of murdering his father, 17-year-old Eric Stoltz is sentenced to death. While in prison, Stoltz begins a pen-pal correspondence with fortysomething prostitute Monica Carrico. A long distance romance results, culminating in Carrico helping Stoltz escape from death row. When he finally makes it to the outside, it turns out that Stoltz was innocent all along-and a fat lot of good this does him. Best to ignore the haphazard plot of Running Hot and concentrate on the ...
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Convicted of murdering his father, 17-year-old Eric Stoltz is sentenced to death. While in prison, Stoltz begins a pen-pal correspondence with fortysomething prostitute Monica Carrico. A long distance romance results, culminating in Carrico helping Stoltz escape from death row. When he finally makes it to the outside, it turns out that Stoltz was innocent all along-and a fat lot of good this does him. Best to ignore the haphazard plot of Running Hot and concentrate on the performances and the action highlights.
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Special Features

Brand new anamorphic transfer from the original camera negatives; Audio commentary by producer David Callaway and director/writer Mark Griffiths; Extensive still gallery; Alternate title
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This early-1980's b-movie delivers the expected goods and also weaves in a few surprises. Running Hot is especially interesting for this kind of film because of the ambition that writer/director Mark Griffiths has applied to the task at hand. The romanticized "misunderstood outlaw" premise is familiar stuff to fans of drive-in filmmaking and the plotting and dialogue have some rough edges but Griffiths makes his scenario feel fresh by investing it with unusually strong, well-developed characterizations and plenty of quirky details. As a director, he does a great job of conveying the atmosphere of the film's different settings -- a stretch of the film set at a massage parlor is particularly convincing in its seedy atmosphere -- and he gives the story a heartfelt quality that lends it unexpected heft. Griffiths is aided considerably in the latter department by excellent performances from a young Eric Stoltz and Monica Carrico: neither actor shies away from the flaws of the characters they play but both also invest plenty of charm and sincere emotion into their roles to create a duo the audience can cheer for. There is also memorable work from Stuart Margolin, who is convincingly scary as an initially decent cop who becomes a monster due to his desire for revenge. To sum up, Running Hot is definitely a b-movie but it's also better than you might expect in most areas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • UPC: 891978002161
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Source: Code Red
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monica Carrico Charlene Andrews
Eric Stoltz Danny Hicks
Stuart Margolin Officer Trent
Virgil Frye Ross the Pimp
Richard Bradford Tom Bond
Louise Baker Shane
Joe George Officer Berman
Laurel Patrick Angie
Sorrells Pickard Ex-con in desert
Juliette Cummins Jenny
Rory Calhoun
Bob Carroll Harry
Geno Havens Foreman
Clark Howat Judge
Darrow Igus
Seth Kaufman Bailiff
Gwen Owens
Lesley Woods Charlene's Mother
Matt Boston
Richard Walsh
Ben Hammer Danny's Father
Technical Credits
Mark Griffiths Director, Screenwriter
Andy Blumenthal Editor
David Calloway Producer
Al Capps Score Composer
Anthony Cowley Art Director
Zachary Fever Co-producer
Roger George Special Effects
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Dimitri T. Skouras Executive Producer
Katherine G. Vallin Production Designer
Gerald B. Wolfe Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Running Hot
1. Opening [10:55]
2. The Escape [5:36]
3. The Meeting [6:07]
4. Bad Timing [7:08]
5. On the Run [7:16]
6. Escape From the Brothel [10:46]
7. Skinny Dip [13:47]
8. Motel Revelation [6:08]
9. Calling Me Sister [6:13]
10. Boogie Down [7:27]
11. Confrontation [4:16]
12. End Credits [2:30]
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Disc #1 -- Running Hot
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   Chapters
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Mark Griffiths and Producer Dave Calloway, Moderated by Lee Christian
      On Camera Interview With Mark Griffiths
      Still Gallery
      Alternate Opening
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