The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 71):
Side note: We finally made it to the top 10. Now lets really piss some people off and have some fun doing it.
10. “Running Scared” (1986)
Danny and Ray 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, 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. Written by John Vogel <email@example.com>
Gregory Hines—Ray Hughes
Billy Crystal—Danny Costanzo
Jimmy Smiths—Julio Gonzales
Steven Bauer—Det. Frank Sigliano
Darlanne Fluegel—Anna Costanzo
Dan Hedaya—Captain Logan
Jonathan Grise—Det. Toney Montoya
Facts about the this movie:
*Tom Selleck and John Travolta were also offered the roles of Hughes and Costanzo. Selleck turned it down due to commitments to Magnum, P.I. while Travolta's, at the time agent, Michael Ovitz, felt that the project was wrong for him.
*In several outdoor scenes, snow is simulated with foam.
*A sequel titled "Still Running" was planned and different scripts were written. But Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines did not think any of them were strong to warrant a sequel and turned them all down.
*On the television series, "The Directors", Peter Hyams stated that when MGM offered him the project following the success of 2010, the script focused on two old New York City cops who want to retire. Hyams suggested his idea of two young Chicago cops who don't retire and MGM agreed.
*A plot device is borrowed from The Black Windmill. In one film Michael Caine's son is kidnapped and to get the ransom (uncut diamonds) he impersonates his boss (Donald Pleasence) on the phone and gives himself permission to take the diamonds from work (MI5). In the other Billy Crystal's ex-wife is kidnapped and he impersonates his boss ('Dan Hedeya') on the telephone to give himself permission to take the ransom (cocaine held as evidence) from work (Chicago police department).
*A spin-off music video was produced for Michael McDonald's hit single 'Sweet Freedom', which was a major part of the film's soundtrack. In the video, Ray and Danny are in their squad car looking at a postcard from 'McDonald' in Florida which says 'Wish You Were Here' (implying that was the inspiration for them choosing that as their holiday destination). We then see a montage of action scenes from the film over the song's intro, followed by Michael McDonald singing the song at his keyboard in a Florida bar. At the song's climax, Ray and Danny join up with him and have some beers, and then dance along to and join in the song's backing vocals as it draws to a close.
Why I Picked this movie #10:
1.The best buddy cop movie from the 1980’s
2. Brilliant comedy about cops.
3. Awesome action scenes.
4. Billy Crystal second best film from the 1980’s
5. Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal had brilliant chemistry.
6. Awesome script.
7. Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal were acting outside their element and do a brilliant as the characters.
8. I think it first buddy cop movie that had one white guy and one black guy and making it a groundbreaking movie.
9. I believe this help set the stander for how buddy cop movies would be made from that point on. With how dark it is, but able to be funny at the same time and with all the great action scenes in the movie.
10. Great comedy acting.
11. Awesome ad-libbing.
12. You had an awesome villain in Jimmy Smiths.
13. Really fun movie.
14. Great casting.
15. Great story.
16. Brilliantly funny from beginning to conclusion.
17. Great opening.
18. All around brilliant chemistry with the whole cast.
19. It is Timeless.
20. It has some awesome drama.
21. Some great up and coming actors in the film.
22. Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal were so money in this money.
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