Running Scared (1986)
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Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal are two wisecracking, best-buddy street cops. As they explore the grim alleyways of the city, they stumble upon Snake (Joe Pantoliano), a very small-potatoes crook with a very big briefcase containing $50,000. Since they have no evidence to arrest Snake, they must convince him to request arrest, which they do! A commanding officer orders them to go on vacation, a master criminal has vowed to kill them, and a great degree of solace is received from two friendly ladies who warm their winter nights. Hines and Crystal engage in a frantic chase on Chicago's "El" tracks (in a yellow cab pursuing a Cadillac limo!), and Hines will find himself shimmying down a cable in the vast rotunda of the State of Illinois Center firing a machine gun.
Rental only? I don't want to rent this, I want to buy it. I've been wanting to buy it for a while.
Witty and hilarious. I could not stop laughing. Hines and Crystal perform at their best comedic level.
There are several moments in this movie--which I have loved for years--that stand out to me. I loved when Dan Hedaya, upon learning Ray and Danny want to retire, asks "What are you going to do, open a bar?" As a bartender, I have worked for ex-cops who owned bars, and that was dead on. Also, "Name me another occupation where they let you shoot people."
Ray to Snake: "Why do they call you Snake anyways? What, do you have a big wee-wee?"
And the classic Ray move, after being flipped off by a little kid--he goes back, knocks on the door of the apartment, and when the kid answers, he gives him a double middle finger: "Yeeeaaahhhhhh!!!"
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 1986
- © 1986 METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.