Running Scared

Running Scared

4.4 9
Director: Wayne Kramer

Cast: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga

     
 

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A minor crook finds himself in major peril when a "hot" weapon goes missing in this violent crime thriller. Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) is a low-level "mechanic" in the Mafia who hopes to rise through the ranks by doing whatever is needed. One night, a drug deal goes very wrong when police show up and try to close down the operation; shotsSee more details below

Overview

A minor crook finds himself in major peril when a "hot" weapon goes missing in this violent crime thriller. Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) is a low-level "mechanic" in the Mafia who hopes to rise through the ranks by doing whatever is needed. One night, a drug deal goes very wrong when police show up and try to close down the operation; shots break out and a battle ensues, with a pair of of cops meeting a particularly violent fate at bad end of a gun barrel. Joey is given the gun that killed the policemen and is told to make it disappear so it can't be used as evidence; however, before he can do that, the weapon is stolen by Oleg (Cameron Bright), a friend of Joey's young son, who takes the pistol and uses it to shoot his abusive stepfather. Now that the gun is implicated in high profile crimes, it's vitally important that Joey find it as soon as possible, but his search for the firearm is complicated by the fact that Oleg's stepdad is affiliated with a rival gang of Russian mobsters, and that Rydell (Chazz Palminteri), a seriously corrupt police detective, is hot on Joey's trail. Joey's search for the gun takes him through the grim criminal netherworld of the city, where he must face off against nearly every sort of crook, con artist, and deviate that has ever walked the earth. Running Scared is from writer-director Wayne Kramer, who made a name for himself with the well-reviewed independent feature The Cooler.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An unabashedly sleazy, semi-expressionistic action thriller that's so over-the-top in both style and substance that it's a miracle it doesn't collapse back onto itself and crumble into a heap of self-parody, Running Scared offers a sordid journey into a hell on earth in which law and innocence take a backseat to humankind's darkest impulses, bloodlust and revenge. For those with the fortitude to sit through a film where guns are held to grimacing children's heads and murderous pedophiles purchase pint-sized body bags in bulk, the element that sets Running Scared apart from the pack is a potent sense of danger in which the audience is never quite sure how far the filmmakers are willing to go in upping the ante. Starting off like a bullet out of the barrel and rarely slowing except to pile on convoluted plot point after convoluted plot point, Wayne Kramer's blood-spattered frenzy of a crime flick may, in the end, not be what one might consider a "good" film, though it is certainly far from boring. The world of Running Scared is a dark one indeed, and as faceless, menacing transients emerge from the darkness to prey on children and shutterbug pedophiles cast shadows that would give Murnau's Nosferatu a run for his money, the nightmarish vision of urban depravity quickly descends into a hyper-stylized representation of hell on earth. This is truly a world in which everyone has a hidden agenda and to trust is to die; and though a majority of viewers will simply be put off by the reprehensible cast of characters who populate Running Scared, those willing to set aside moral judgment and accept the film on its own twisted terms are in for a loud, audacious, and trashy two hours of entertainment that will leave shell-shocked viewers stumbling from their seats in a dizzied haze of disbelief.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
UPC:
0794043103056
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
6,736

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with writer/director Wayne Kramer; Behind-the-scenes documentary; Storyboards drawn by Wayne Kramer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Walker Joey Gazelle
Cameron Bright Oleg Yugorsky
Vera Farmiga Teresa Gazelle
Karel Roden Anzor "Duke" Yugorsky
Johnny Messner Tommy "Tombs" Perello
Ivana Milicevic Mila Yugorsky
Chazz Palminteri Detective Rydell
Alex Neuberger Nicky Gazelle
Michael Cudlitz Sal "Gummy Bear" Franzone
Bruce Altman Dez
Elizabeth Mitchell Adele
Arthur Nascarella Perello
John Noble Ivan Yugorsky
Idalis de Leon Divina
David Warshofsky Pimp Lester

Technical Credits
Wayne Kramer Director,Screenwriter
Kristin M. Burke Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Toby Corbett Production Designer
Andreas Grosch Executive Producer
Stewart Hall Executive Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Petr Kaderabek Asst. Director
Jiri Klenka Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Kurel Art Director
Sammy Lee Producer
Matt Luber Executive Producer
Anne McCarthy Casting
T.J. O'Mara Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew D.T. Pfeffer Executive Producer
Michael Pierce Producer
Rudolf Potancok Special Effects Supervisor
Brett Ratner Producer
Brian Ross Musical Direction/Supervision
James Sbardellati Asst. Director
Andreas Schmid Executive Producer
Jay Scully Casting
Kevan Van Thompson Co-producer
Jim Whitaker Cinematographer
James Whitaker Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Running Scared
1. Bad Deal [5:46]
2. A Simple Task [4:31]
3. Secret Stash [2:48]
4. "The Duke Lives" [6:59]
5. Domestic Dispute [5:16]
6. Damage Control [5:50]
7. The Dark Side [3:00]
8. Bad Pimp [3:38]
9. Let's Make a Deal [7:16]
10. Hide and Seek [7:06]
11. Thirsty for Truth [5:23]
12. Father & Son [1:42]
13. The Play Room [4:02]
14. Maternal Instincts [8:26]
15. Pep Talk [7:34]
16. "Nobody Knows Nobody" [6:59]
17. Showdown on Ice [4:32]
18. Going Home [12:37]
19. Pimpin' Ain't Easy [2:48]
20. Family Reunion [3:14]
21. End Credits [4:41]

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