Run (1991 film)

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Directed by Geoff Burrowes
Produced by Raymond Wagner
Written by Dennis Shryack[1]
Michael Blodgett[1]
Music by Phil Marshall
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Edited by Jack Hofstra
Stephen E. Rivkin
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • February 1, 1991 (1991-02-01)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $16 million
Box office $4 million

Run is a 1991 film directed by Geoff Burrowes and starring Patrick Dempsey and Kelly Preston.


Boston law student and part-time mechanic Charlie Farrow (Patrick Dempsey) was asked by his boss to deliver a new Porsche from Boston to Atlantic City for a client. When he gets close to Atlantic City, the Porsche breaks down.

While Charlie waits for the car to be repaired, a cab driver (who mistakes Charlie for being an Atlantic City high roller) takes him to an undercover casino that has a bar room and kitchen, so Charlie can get something to eat.

At the casino, Charlie earns the wrath of Denny Halloran (Alan C. Peterson), who takes exception to Charlie beating him at poker. In the resulting fight, Denny trips over a potted palm, accidentally hits his head on the sharp corner of a counter, and dies.

Charlie is now on the spot, because Denny happens to be the son of a mob boss named Matt Halloran (Ken Pogue), who is the owner and despot of the casino and most of the police force.

Wrongfully accused of murdering Denny, Charlie finds himself on the run from both the cops and Matt's henchmen, all of whom want to collect the $50,000 bounty that Matt placed on Charlie. With only one ally, reluctant witness Karen Landers (Kelly Preston), Charlie finds himself in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

The bodies pile up as Charlie dodges flying bullets and bowling pins, explosions from numerous assault weapons and miscellaneous shrapnel and twisted auto parts as he is pursued on a nightmare race through racetracks, amusement parks, bowling alleys and shopping malls.

Charlie and Matt confront each other at Matt's dog-race track. Matt dies as he is impaled by a mechanical pacer rabbit that was speeding toward him.


  • Kelly Preston replaced Tracy Pollan who bowed out during early filming.


The film was shot in-part in Portland, Oregon.[2]


  1. ^ a b Barnes, Mike (2016-09-15). "Dennis Shryack, Screenwriter on Clint Eastwood's 'The Gauntlet' and 'Pale Rider,' Dies at 80". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Filmed in Oregon 1908-2015" (PDF). Oregon Film Council. Oregon State Library. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 

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