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The Running Man

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The Running Man
Movie poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser
Release Date 1987
Language English
Studio Home Box Office (HBO)
Keith Barish Productions
TAFT Entertainment Pictures
Distributor TriStar Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ben Richards Arnold Schwarzenegger
Amber Mendez Maria Conchita Alonso
William Laughlin Yaphet Kotto
Fireball Jim Brown
Captain Freedom Jesse Ventura
Harold Weiss Marvin J. McIntyre
Professor Subzero Professor Toru Tanaka
Damon Killian Richard Dawson
Sven Sven-Ole Thorsen
Chico Thomas Rosales Jr.

The Running Man is a 1987 science fiction action film set in the near future and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards, a wrongly convicted police helicopter pilot who is forced to compete in a sadistic television reality game show run by a powerful game show host Damon Killian (Richard Dawson, who himself was the real life game show host of the Family Feud). The film was based on a Stephen King short story (written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman) and was directed by Paul Michael Glaser.

The following weapons were used in the film The Running Man:



Steyr AUG

The Steyr AUG is seen in the hands of Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Bakersfield Police officers, the ICS security guards and the guerrillas.

Steyr AUG - 5.56x45mm
The Bakersfield police officer in the middle carries the AUG. Also notice the upside down US Army Special Forces patch on his sleeve.
Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) takes up a Steyr AUG.
Richards chambers a guerrilla's Steyr AUG before the final assault.

Colt Commando

The Colt Commando is used by Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Laughlin (Yaphet Kotto), Chico (Thomas Rosales Jr.) and a number of prisoners during the escape from the Wilshire Detention Zone as well as a number of the prison guards at the beginning of the film; and in the hands of the Guerrillas towards the end of the film.

Late 1970s model AR15 Sporter 1 Carbine converted into an XM177 Colt Commando Lookalike - 5.56x45mm
XM177E2 Colt Commando - 5.56x45mm
One of the guards at the detention center brandishing the Commando
Richards brandishing the Commando during the escape
Chico (Thomas Rosales Jr.) firing the Commando during the escape
Laughlin (Yaphet Kotto) firing the Commando during the escape

Calico M100

Calico M100 rifles were seen in the hands of the prison guards at the Wilshire Detention Zone at the beginning of the film and in the hands of the ICS security guards. It is also seen in the hands of some of the guerillas as well.

Calico M100 Rifle - .22 LR
A Wilshire Detention Zone guard with the Calico M100.
A prison guard with the Calico M100.
A guard with the Calico M100.


Franchi SPAS-12

A Franchi SPAS-12 can be seen in the hands of a Bakersfield Police officer at the beginning of the film.

Franchi SPAS-12 with stock folded and butt-hook removed - 12 Gauge
A Franchi SPAS-12 can be seen in on the left side of the screenshot.
The officer pumps the grip of his SPAS-12.

Mossberg 500 Bullpup

The Mossberg 500 Bullpup is seen in the hands of the guerillas during the ICS studio shootout.

Mossberg 500 Bullpup - 12 Gauge
One of the entering guerrillas wields the Mossberg 500 Bullpup


Beretta 92F

A Beretta 92F can be seen in the hands of Lieutenant Sanders (George P. Wilbur) when he tried to detain Richards after Richards refused to open fire on the food rioters.

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm
Lt. Sanders trying to use a Beretta 92F to detain Richards.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch HK94

The converted Heckler & Koch HK94 is used by Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) during the final assault. A similar weapon is used by Arnold Schwarzenegger a year earlier in the film Raw Deal.

Heckler and Koch HK94 carbine with front pistol grip & barrel jacket - 9x19mm
Richards carries the H&K 94 as he infiltrates the ICS studio. Arnold still doesn't seem to know what the foregrip is for.
Richards returns fire with the H&K 94.
Richards continues to fire his H&K 94 on full auto.
Richards brandishes the H&K 94.


A customized Micro Uzi is carried by Amber Mendez (Maria Conchita Alonso) and some of the guerillas during the assault on the ICS Building. Her Micro-Uzi has some parts chrome plated, indicating this exact same weapon was seen in Total Recall, Predator 2, and The Class of 1999. It is fitted with a 15-round magazine, barrel extension, and scope.

Micro Uzi with 32 rd magazine - 9x19mm
Amber brandishing her Micro-Uzi as she infiltrates the ICS Studios.
Amber tries to reach for her Micro Uzi during her struggle with Dynamo.


M134 Minigun

The M134 Minigun is seen mounted in M21 Armament Subsystem on the side of the Huey gunship in the Bakersfield Massacre scene. Trivia: The scene where the M134 Minigun was fired was taken from the 1976 remake of King Kong, specifically the sequence where Huey gunships open fire with their miniguns when Kong is top of the World Trade Center. This moment inspired this amusing mashup video.

M134 Minigun mounted on M21 Armament Subsystem, same as in the films (this also includes huge M158 Rocket Launcher.)
The M134 minigun is seen firing on civilians as the Bakersfield Massacre is seen depicted on the television screen. This is actually footage taken from King Kong (1976) and inspired this amusing mashup video.

CODA All-Purpose Net Gun

What appears to be a CODA Net Gun is used by police to capture Ben Richards. This particular device is used mostly in reality to catch animals without harming them and was also used in the films Escape from L.A. and Jurassic World.

CODA All-Purpose Net Gun.
Policeman aims his netgun at Richards.
Policeman holds his netgun at Richards.
Policeman fires his netgun at Richards.

Truck mounted cannon

A small cannon is seen mounted on the police van that captures Richards.

The cannon is mounted on top of the police van.

Weapons of the "Stalkers"

Throughout the film, the "Stalkers" use various weaponry to take down the Running Man contestants. The names of the weapons are taken from the following product placement announcements made during the end credits: *The Running Man* has been brought to you by: Breakaway Paramilitary Uniforms, Ortopure Procreation Pill, and Cadre Cola; it hits the spot! Promotional considerations paid for by: Kelton Flame Throwers, Wainwright Electrical Launchers, and Hammond & Gage Chainsaws. Damon Killian's wardrobe by Chez Antoinne: 19th-Century craftsmanship for the 21st-Century man. Cadre Trooper and studio-guard side arms provided by Colchester: the pistol of patriots. Remember: Tickets for the ICS studio tour are always available for Class-A citizens in good standing. If you'd like to be a contestant on The Running Man, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: ICS Talent Hunt, care of your local affiliate, and then go out and do something really despicable! I'm Phil Hilton! Good night, and take care!

Kelton Flamethrower

A customized flamethrower used by Fireball (Jim Brown). The gas tank pack also houses rocket jets that allow Fireball to fly.

Fireball displaying his flamethrower.
Fireball displaying his flamethrower.
A close-up on flametrower.
Another frontal close-up, showing additional details.
Shot, in which we can see flamethrower's fuel tank.
Another shot, in which we can see additional details of the flamethrower's fuel tank.

Wainwright Electrical Launcher

The "Cordless Taser" type weapon mentioned as a Wainwright Electrical Launcher in the end credits voicover is used by Dynamo (Erland Van Lidth) throughout the movie. It accidently kills Dynamo himself during a fight with Amber Mendez when she shoots the Water Sprinklers therefore electricuting him.

Dynamo firing the Wainwright.
Dynamo giving a little shock to Amber in order to make her faint.

Hammond & Gage Chainsaw

The Chainsaw used by "Buzzsaw" Eddie Bitowski (Gus Rethwisch) is unknown. But in the scene where Buzzsaw is introduced to audience and in the end credits voiceover, it is mentioned as "Hammond & Gage Chainsaw". Buzzsaw's chainsaws are mentioned as being made of "trylon-coated durasteel", and able to cut almost everything (as he demonstrated by cutting metal). Buzzsaw's Honda motorcycle has special mount to place his chainsaw.

Buzzsaw with his chainsaw.
Buzzsaw cuts steel with his chainsaw.
Buzzsaw places his chainsaw on special mount on his Honda motorcycle.
The chainsaw used by Buzzsaw.
The chainsaw during the struggle with Richards. It does not end well for Buzzsaw.

Hockey Puck Grenade

A Hockey Puck Grenade used by Professor Subzero (Professor Toru Tanaka) to knock out Ben Richards. Professor used his sharpened hockey stick to launch it.

Hockey puck falling on ice. You can note, that it was painted yellow and red.
Hockey puck lying on ice, before it's launched by Subzero.
Explosion caused by hockey puck grenade.

Signal Flare

Ben Richards uses Fireball's own signal flare that was on his belt, to ignite the gasoline from Fireball's severed gasline.

"How about a light?" Richard ignites the flare.
Richard tosses the flare between Fireball's legs.

Costume weapon

A unwieldy costume is seen in studio on Captain Freedom (Jesse Ventura), though he didn't use it due to personal dislike of any weapons in the game. Arm-mounted costume pieces have barrels, but it's unknown what type of ammo or energy do they fire. The chestplate however holds 3 different blades.

Captain Freedom opens the door of the studio with his costume weapon. Note the 3 different blades.
Another nice shot of Captain Freedom with his costume weapon.
Captain Freedom with his costume weapon with Sven (Sven-Ole Thorsen) on the left. Note the barrel of the weapon mounted on his arm.

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