Runaway (1964 film)

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Runaway
Directed by John O'Shea
Produced by John O'Shea
Written by John Graham
John O'Shea
Starring Colin Broadley
Music by Robin Maconie
Cinematography Anthony Williams
Release date(s)
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time 102 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English

Runaway, also called Runaway Killer, is a 1964 New Zealand made thriller film and a road movie. John O’Shea of Pacific Films produced, directed and co-wrote it. Shot in black & white and released on 35 mm and also 16 mm, it was cut to 80 minutes and renamed Runaway Killer for release in Britain, although this lost continuity between scenes. The film starred Colin Broadley in the lead, and several New Zealanders who became famous in other fields; Kiri Te Kanawa, Barry Crump and Ray Columbus.

Plot[edit]

High-flying but high-living accountant David Manning gets heavily into debt, loses his job and goes on the road. He is given a lift by the wealthy Laura, who fancies him and is jealous of Isobel, a young Maori woman they meet. After a fight he steals Laura’s car and heads for the mountains of his childhood, meeting Diana on the inter-island ferry and pursued by police. They head up the glacier for a mountain pass. Diana falls, but Manning continues his hazardous journey up towards the pass.

With sea, bush and mountain settings and the archetypal "Man Alone" theme plus Clarrie the prototype Kiwi joker played by Barry Crump, it has several classic New Zealand themes, with the "man-alone" protagonist destined for death rather than glory.

Cast[edit]

  • Colin Broadley as David Manning
  • Nadja Regin as Laura Kossovich
  • Deidre McCarron as Diana
  • Kiri Te Kanawa as Isobel Wharewera
  • Selwyn Muru as Joe Wharewera
  • Barry Crump as Clarrie
  • Gil Cornwall as Tom Morton
  • Sam Stevens as Tana
  • Tanya Binning as Dorothy
  • Doraine Green as Sandra
  • Clyde Scott as Athol
  • Rim D. Paul as Simon Rangi
  • Alma Woods as Mrs Milligan
  • William Johnstone as Alex Manning
  • Murray Smith as Driscoll
  • Mary Amoore as Helen Manning
  • John Atha as Bellamy
  • Kauri Toi as Mrs Wharewera
  • Ray Columbus as Bandleader

References[edit]

  • New Zealand Film 1912-1996 by Helen Martin & Sam Edwards p54 (1997, Oxford University Press, Auckland) ISBN 019 558336 1

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