The Runner (2015 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Runner
The Runner (2015 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAustin Stark
Written byAustin Stark
Produced by
  • Bingo Gubelmann
  • Erika Hampson
  • Benji Kohn
  • Chris Papavasiliou
  • Glenn Williamson
CinematographyElliot Davis
Edited byMichael R. Miller
Music byThe Newton Brothers
  • Back Lot Pictures
  • Paper Street Films
Distributed byAlchemy
Release date
  • August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$4 million[2]
Box office$20,106[3]

The Runner is a 2015 American political drama film written and directed by Austin Stark in his feature directorial debut.[4] The film stars Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda and Sarah Paulson.

The film was released on August 7, 2015, in a limited release and through video on demand by Alchemy.[5]


In the aftermath of the 2010, Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an idealistic politician (Nicolas Cage) is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. The video comes to light after he grants a live interview his team works together to salvage the situation.



Madeleine Stowe was originally cast to play the female lead but was replaced by Connie Nielsen.[6] On June 18, 2014, Bryan Batt, Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen, and Wendell Pierce joined the film's cast.[7]


Principal photography began on June 23, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana.[7][8] and ended on July 27, 2014.[9] On July 28, Cage was spotted filming at the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C.[10] The film also shot some scenes in Georgetown.[10]


On June 3, 2015, it was announced Alchemy had acquired distribution rights to the film.[11] It was released in a limited release and through video on demand on August 7, 2015.[12]


The Runner has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 24% approval rating based on 38 reviews with a weighted average score of 4.68/10. The website's critics consensus reads "In spite of a promising premise and a roundly talented cast, The Runner is a disappointing outing to be viewed by only the staunchest of Nicolas Cage completists."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a normalized score of 39 out of 100, based on 14 reviews, signifying "generally unfavorable reviews".[14]


  1. ^ "The Runner (15)". British Board of Film Classification. September 23, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Initial Certification Search" (Type "Runner" in the search box). Fastlane NextGen. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Runner (2015)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Nicolas Cage Returns to New Orleans in Austin Stark's Directorial Debut 'The Runner'". Indiewire. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Nicolas Cage Political Drama 'The Runner' Goes to Alchemy". Hollywood Reporter. June 5, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Madeleine Stowe Joins Cage On 'The Runner'". Archived from the original on August 18, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  7. ^ a b McNary, Dave (June 18, 2014). "Mad Men Actor Bryan Batt, Peter Fonda Join Nicolas Cage Political Drama". Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  8. ^ Diane, Megan (May 31, 2014). "The Runner Starring Nicolas Cage Now Filming and Hiring in New Orleans". Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "ON THE SET FOR 7/28/14: TED 2 STARTS FOR UNIVERSAL PICTURES, THE GREENS ARE GONE WRAPS". July 28, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Heil, Emily (July 28, 2014). "Nicholas Cage films The Runner on the Mall". Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  11. ^ Busch, Anita (June 5, 2015). "Alchemy Acquires Nicolas Cage Political Drama The Runner". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Alchemy Acquires Nicolas Cage Political Drama 'The Runner'". IndieWire. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Runner (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  14. ^ "The Runner". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 24, 2015.

External links[edit]