Runaway Daughters (1994 film)

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Runaway Daughters
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Directed by Joe Dante
Produced by Lou Arkoff
David Giler
Debra Hill
Willie Kutner
Written by Lou Rusoff
Charles S. Haas
Starring Julie Bowen
Holly Fields
Jenny Lewis
Paul Rudd
Chris Young
Music by Hummie Mann
Cinematography Richard Bowen
Edited by Mark Helfrich
Distributed by Showtime
Release dates August 12, 1994
Running time 83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Runaway Daughters is a 1994 television film by Joe Dante that oiginally aired on the cable television network Showtime as part of the anthology series Rebel Highway. It is a loose remake of an American International Pictures production from 1956, the year in which both the original and the remake are set. Much of the cast of Dante's The Howling is reunited on this film, including Christopher Stone, Dee Wallace, Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, and Belinda Balaski.

Plot[edit]

The title characters are Angie Gordon (Julie Bowen), Mary Nicholson (Holly Fields), and Laura Cahn (Jenny Lewis). Their picaresque adventure begins when Mary has a pregnancy scare after letting Bob Randolph (Chris Young) go too far with her. Mr. Russoff (Fabian), named for Lou Rusoff who wrote the screenplay of the original version, is a widower from the wrong side of the tracks, and Bob seeks to cover his tracks by enlisting in the United States Navy. Angie and Laura accompany Mary in a flight from the suburbs as she decides what to do about her pregnancy. Along the way, they meet bully cops, one played by Courtney Gains from Dante's The 'Burbs, and redneck survivalists with rifles. Two of the latter are played by Dante stalwarts John Astin and Rance Howard.

Production[edit]

The Gordons are played by the Stones, the Nicholsons by Balaski and Innerspace's Joe Flaherty, and the Cahns played by Picardo and Wendy Schaal, also both late of Innerspace. Dick Miller plays Roy Farrell, a private detective hired to find the girls. Also in small roles are Dante regular Mark McCraken and the producer of the original version, Samuel Z. Arkoff. Roger Corman, along with his wife, Julie Corman, play the parents of the boyfriend of one of the title characters.

The script was written by Charles S. Haas and in many ways is a companion piece to his previous collaboration with Dante, Matinee.

Release[edit]

The film originally aired on Showtime on August 12, 1994. It was never released on VHS, and made its DVD debut in March 2005.

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