Running Scared


1h 47m 1986

Brief Synopsis

Danny (BillyCrystal) and Ray (Gregory Hines) are two street wise cops in Chicago. When they are almost killed on a case, they are forced to take a vacation by their captain. Key West offers a substantial change over frozen Chicago. They decide to quit and open a bar in Key West. Upon returning, they find that Julio (Jimmy Smits), the drug dealer who nearly killed them has made bail and is trying to complete a giant drug deal. They decide to complete their case against Julio before quitting, but then begin being careful. Their effectiveness drops as they find they can't operate the way they did before if they don't have the edge of a long time commitment.

Film Details

Also Known As
Skjut inte på min kompis
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Action
Crime
Release Date
1986
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )/UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES (UIP); MGM Distribution Company; MGM Home Entertainment; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.; United International Pictures
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Monroe County, Florida, USA; MGM Studio Stage 15, Los Angeles, California, USA; Key West, Florida, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Synopsis

Danny (BillyCrystal) and Ray (Gregory Hines) are two street wise cops in Chicago. When they are almost killed on a case, they are forced to take a vacation by their captain. Key West offers a substantial change over frozen Chicago. They decide to quit and open a bar in Key West. Upon returning, they find that Julio (Jimmy Smits), the drug dealer who nearly killed them has made bail and is trying to complete a giant drug deal. They decide to complete their case against Julio before quitting, but then begin being careful. Their effectiveness drops as they find they can't operate the way they did before if they don't have the edge of a long time commitment.

Crew

Randle Akerson

Sound Editor

John Baron

Chief Lighting Technician

David Blitstein

Special Effects Assistant

Joanie Blume

Script Supervisor

Sugar-ginger Blymyer

Hair Stylist

Megan Branman

Casting Assistant

Albert Brenner

Production Designer

Gene S Cantamessa

Sound Recording Mixer

Ken Carlson

Casting (Chicago)

Wells Christie

Synclavier Player

Wells Christie

Music Arranger

Bill Couch

Stunt Coordinator

Norval Crutcher

Sound Editor Supervisor

Cliff Cudney

Stunts

Gary De Vore

From Story

Gary De Vore

Screenwriter

Gary De Vore

Story By

Carlos Delarios

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Deborah Dell'amico

2nd Assistant Director

Dee Diller

Casting (Florida)

Michael Dobie

Sound Editor

Gregg Elam

Stunts

Bud Ellison

Song; Song Producer ("I Know What I Want")

Jim Flamberg

Music Arranger

Jim Flamberg

Music Editor

David Foster

Producer

Tommy Funderburk

Song Performer ("Never Too Late To Start")

George Gaines

Set Decorator

Ralph Gerling

Camera Operator

Lee Harman

Makeup

Udi Harpaz

Music Arranger

Jerry Hey

Music Arranger

Michael Hoffman

Costumer (Men)

Doug Hubbard

Special Effects Assistant

Jimmy Huston

Screenwriter

Peter Hyams

Executive Producer

Peter Hyams

Director Of Photography

Peter Hyams

Dp/Cinematographer

Trevor Jolly

Sound Editor

Steven Jongeward

Assistant (To Peter Hyams)

Robert Kaiser

Color Timer

Randy Kerber

Music Arranger

Artie Ray Kimble

Song ("I Know What I Want")

Michael J Kohut

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Patti Labelle

Song Performer ("I Know What I Want")

Don Levy

Unit Publicist

Carey Loftin

Stunt Coordinator

Joanna C. Lovetti

Associate Editor

Aggie Lyon

Costumer (Women)

C J Maguire

Property Master

Tom May

Key Grip

Michael Mcdonald

Song Performer ("Sweet Freedom")

Henry E Millar

Special Effects Supervisor

James D. Mitchell

Editor

Ken Morrisey

Associate Editor

Kathy Nelson

Music Coordinator (Mca Records)

Alan Nineberg

Sound Editor

Aaron Pazanti

1st Assistant Camera

Christine Perren

Song ("Once In A Lifetime Groove")

Frederick Perren

Song ("Once In A Lifetime Groove")

Penny Perry

Casting

Aldric Porter

2nd Assistant Director

Howie Rice

Song; Song Producer ("I Know What I Want")

Aaron Rochin

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Dick Rudolph

Song ("Say You Really Want Me"), Song Producer ("Running Scared" "Never Too Late To Start" "Sweet Freedom" "Man Size Love" "I Just Wanna Be Loved" "Once In A Lifetime Groove" "Say You Really Want Me" "I Know What I Want")

Dick Rudolph

Music Supervisor

Rick Sawaya

Stunts

Danny Sembello

Song ("Say You Really Want Me")

Howard Small

Transportation Coordinator

Donnell Spencer Jr.

Song ("Say You Really Want Me")

Michael Stone

Additional Music Recording

Bruce Swedien

Sound Recording (Music)

Bruce Swedien

Song Producer ("Running Scared" "Never Too Late To Start" "Sweet Freedom" "Man Size Love" "I Just Wanna Be Loved" "Once In A Lifetime Groove" "Say You Really Want Me" "I Know What I Want"), Song Recording

Rod Temperton

Song Performer ("Never Too Late To Start")

Rod Temperton

Song Producer ("Running Scared" "Never Too Late To Start" "Sweet Freedom" "Man Size Love" "I Just Wanna Be Loved" "Once In A Lifetime Groove" "Say You Really Want Me" "I Know What I Want"), Songs ("Running Scared" "Never Too Late To Start" ""Sweet Freedom" "Man Size Love" "I Just Want To Be Loved")

Rod Temperton

Music

Jack Terry

Unit Production Manager

Lawrence Turman

Producer

Jim Van Wyck

1st Assistant Director

Stephen Vaughan

Stills

Fee Waybill

Song Performer ("Running Scared")

Michael Wheeler

2nd Assistant Camera

Kay H Whipple

Stunts

Kim Wilde

Song Performer ("Say You Really Want Me")

Larry Williams

Music Arranger

Larry Williams

Music

Larry Williams

Synthesizer Player

Larry Williams

Music Arranger

Larry Williams

Music

Larry Williams

Music Arranger

Ric Wyatt

Song ("Once In A Lifetime Groove")

Jonathan A Zimbert

Associate Producer

Deborah Zimmerman

Assistant Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
Skjut inte på min kompis
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Action
Crime
Release Date
1986
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )/UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES (UIP); MGM Distribution Company; MGM Home Entertainment; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.; United International Pictures
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Monroe County, Florida, USA; MGM Studio Stage 15, Los Angeles, California, USA; Key West, Florida, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Articles

Gregory Hines, 1946-2003


Gregory Hines, the lithe, elegant entertainer who trilled audiences on stage, film and television, died of cancer on August 9 in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Born Gregory Oliver Hines on February 14, 1946, in New York City, he began taking dance lessons at age three and by the time he was six he and his brother Maurice were performing jazz tap at Harlem's Apollo Theater. By 1954, Hines was already on Broadway when he joined the cast of the Broadway musical The Girl in Pink Tights. He then spent the next 20 years perfecting the craft and art of tap dancing as he toured with his brother and father Maurice Sr. in a nightclub circuit act called "Hines, Hines and Dad", before he left in 1973 to form a rock band called Severance in Southern California.

Itching to put his dancing shoes on again, Hines made it back to New York a few years later and in 1978, scored his first Broadway success with Eubie, and earned a Tony nomination. With his vitality, charm and grace, Hines became one of the leading lights on Broadway for the next few years, as exemplified by two more Broadway hits in Comin' Uptown (1980) and Sophisticated Ladies (1981), for which he received two more Tony nominations for his performances.

His charismatic presence made him natural for films, and he notched his first film role as a last minute replacement for Richard Pryor in Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I (1981), where he immediately displayed his sharp comic abilities. Other solid roles followed over the next decade: an unorthodox coroner in Michael Wadleigh's urban thriller Wolfen (1981); a nightclub dancer in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984); an American defector to the Soviet Union in Taylor Hackford's overheated melodrama White Nights (1985); a wise-cracking cop in Peter Hyam's Running Scared (1986), and as the fast-talking con artist Goldy in Bill Duke's underrated A Rage in Harlem (1991).

He returned to Broadway in 1992 for his biggest triumph, a portrayal of Jelly Roll Morton, the famed jazz composer, in Jelly's Last Jam and earned a Tony Award in the process. A few more film appearances came in the '90's, most memorably in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale (1995), but Hines found a new lease on his career when he appeared on the small screen. He played a single father in a fine, if short-lived sitcom The Gregory Hines Show (1997-98); was popular as Ben Doucette, a love interest for Grace in the hugely popular show Will & Grace for two seasons (1999-2001); and received strong critical notice for his moving take as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the television film Bojangles (2001) that he also produced. His last televised appearance was in June 2002, when he co-hosted the Tony Awards with Bernadette Peters. In addition to his father and brother, he is survived by his fiancee Negrita Jayde; a daughter, Daria Hines; a son, Zach; a stepdaughter, Jessica Koslow; and a grandson.

by Michael T. Toole
Gregory Hines, 1946-2003

Gregory Hines, 1946-2003

Gregory Hines, the lithe, elegant entertainer who trilled audiences on stage, film and television, died of cancer on August 9 in Los Angeles. He was 57. Born Gregory Oliver Hines on February 14, 1946, in New York City, he began taking dance lessons at age three and by the time he was six he and his brother Maurice were performing jazz tap at Harlem's Apollo Theater. By 1954, Hines was already on Broadway when he joined the cast of the Broadway musical The Girl in Pink Tights. He then spent the next 20 years perfecting the craft and art of tap dancing as he toured with his brother and father Maurice Sr. in a nightclub circuit act called "Hines, Hines and Dad", before he left in 1973 to form a rock band called Severance in Southern California. Itching to put his dancing shoes on again, Hines made it back to New York a few years later and in 1978, scored his first Broadway success with Eubie, and earned a Tony nomination. With his vitality, charm and grace, Hines became one of the leading lights on Broadway for the next few years, as exemplified by two more Broadway hits in Comin' Uptown (1980) and Sophisticated Ladies (1981), for which he received two more Tony nominations for his performances. His charismatic presence made him natural for films, and he notched his first film role as a last minute replacement for Richard Pryor in Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I (1981), where he immediately displayed his sharp comic abilities. Other solid roles followed over the next decade: an unorthodox coroner in Michael Wadleigh's urban thriller Wolfen (1981); a nightclub dancer in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984); an American defector to the Soviet Union in Taylor Hackford's overheated melodrama White Nights (1985); a wise-cracking cop in Peter Hyam's Running Scared (1986), and as the fast-talking con artist Goldy in Bill Duke's underrated A Rage in Harlem (1991). He returned to Broadway in 1992 for his biggest triumph, a portrayal of Jelly Roll Morton, the famed jazz composer, in Jelly's Last Jam and earned a Tony Award in the process. A few more film appearances came in the '90's, most memorably in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale (1995), but Hines found a new lease on his career when he appeared on the small screen. He played a single father in a fine, if short-lived sitcom The Gregory Hines Show (1997-98); was popular as Ben Doucette, a love interest for Grace in the hugely popular show Will & Grace for two seasons (1999-2001); and received strong critical notice for his moving take as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the television film Bojangles (2001) that he also produced. His last televised appearance was in June 2002, when he co-hosted the Tony Awards with Bernadette Peters. In addition to his father and brother, he is survived by his fiancee Negrita Jayde; a daughter, Daria Hines; a son, Zach; a stepdaughter, Jessica Koslow; and a grandson. by Michael T. Toole

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States June 27, 1986

Released in United States Summer July 27, 1986

Released in USA on video.

Began shooting September 16, 1985.

Completed shooting January 1986.

Released in United States June 27, 1986

Released in United States Summer July 27, 1986