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- kevin sellers
Disagree with previous reviewer Don Letta that "Manchurian Cand." was Harvey's only decent performance. Guy was pretty damn good in "Room At The Top", "Darling", and an anti war film that very few people saw called "Long/Short/Tall." Hell, even his performance in "Walk On The Wild Side" has its plaisirs. I do, however, agree with Mr. Letta about the overall mediocrity of this film. Carol Reed had officially lost it by the time it was being made and the lame attempt to rebottle the "Third Man" formula (i.e. Evil Guy and Good Guy vie for the interest of an Ambiguous Femme ) is proof positive of this great director's declension in the 60s. His next film, "Agony And The Ecstasy", pretty much sealed the lid on the artistic coffin. Anyway, Lee Remmick does a pretty good job as a gal struggling to find her moral center and the rather down at heel Spanish resort location shooting shows that, although Reed may have lost his sense of pacing and his feel for character, he still is a master of setting. Give it a C plus.
'60's travellogue with story...
- don letta
Unfortunately, not a very good story, at least not very well presented. Lee Remick and Alan Bates are at their most beautiful, while Harvey is alarmingly emaciated, orange-haired and annoyingly overbearing. Each fail to give the necessary depth to their roles, leaving an underdeveloped story line, drawing to an unsatisfactory ending. With the exception of the cinematography, this is a dull story that combines one over-ripe performance by an unappealing leading man, and two performances by beautiful but boring co-stars. Remick and Bates went on to far better roles and Harvey faded away after his only decent performance in Manchurian Candidate.
Lee, Harvey, and oddball
- Jeff Boston
Weird seeing Fernando Rey as a police officer, but weirder was the hair color of the boney-armed Harvey's Rex-turned-Jim, and weirder still was the curious character played by Alan Bates, whom took the same awkward, robotic, lonely, stiff-yet-mellow manner into the next year's "Zorba the Greek." Weirdness aside, this is a mature, intelligent film by Carol Reed, mostly made on location (love the lead motoring about in a luxurious Lincoln convertible), with shades of "The Third Man" throughout. As the Spanish doctor told Rex/Jim, whom was about as red as Satan by the end of the film, "We're all in the hands of God."
This is an entertaining thriller with an engaging cast effectively directed by Carole Reed. Harvey fakes his own death and Remick is his wife/widow. Bates plays the insurance man who may or may not be on to Harvey's scheme. I've seen this several times and always record it when TCM shows it. Love the cast.
Dont' Overlook this One
'The Running Man' from 1963 is one of my favorites. it has a fantastic pedigree from author (Graham Greene) to director (Carol Redd) to cast (Laurence Harvey, Lee Remick, Alan Bates) to locale (mostly Giibralter). it's an exciting story of insurance fraud, assumed identities, and the old weak link in the plan.
Suspense, Romance, Locations, Characters
This is a terrific suspense/romance directed by Carol Reed based on a Graham Greene novel. A man fakes his death to get back at an insurance company he feels cheated him. He reappears in another personna. Laurence Harvey, Lee Remick, and Alan Bates are all at their best. The Gibralter locations add an exotic touch to what could be riveting as three people on a bare stage.
the [real] running man
- bob cruise
a great film suspense danger you name it it has it all. forget the later movie of the same name that one is for dopes this is great and it has lee remick in a starring role need any more incentive to see it?
A Fine Movie
- Bradley E. Lacey
The Running Man a fine movie. It has that lovely leisurely texture that many films from the early 1960's exhibited. It is very smartly done, with good acting and an excellent script. Laurence Harvey provides a showcase of talent, Alan Bates is always impeccable with whatever role he tackles, and as for Lee Remick ... well, she shines, she dazzles, she commands - whether one is expressing respect for her talent or adoration for her beauty, Lee Remick is ever an exquisite presence on screen. It is no wonder Alan Bates was wooing her!
The Running Man (1963)
- Bruce Reber
I'm making sure that I see "The Running Man" (not the 1987 Arnold Schwarznegger action film), but the 1963 suspenser starring Laurence Harvey and Lee Remick and directed by Carol Reed, all the way through this time. I'm taping it on VHS today 8/26/10 when it airs as part of TCM's Summer Under The Stars tribute to Lee Remick. The last time I saw it was almost four years ago, but I turned on TCM when it was nearly over and I only saw the last 30 minutes or so. I only know Laurence Harvey from two other films - "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Butterfield 8", but I have seen many of Lee Remick's films, including "A Face In The Crowd", "Days Of Wine And Roses", "The Wheeler Dealers" and "The Long Hot Summer", and I'd like to see them starring together in "The Running Man". Hopefully it will be released on DVD sometime in the near future.
Great suspense thriller needs a release!
- Steve E
Don't miss the blonde hair on Lawrence Harvey in this one. I saw this in 1963 and loved it. It is a real cat and mouse thriller and really needs to be realeased to DVD. Great location filming and a real unusal performance by Lawrence Harvey.