Hitman Scott Glenn chases Andrew McCarthy, who's absconded with a briefcase full of mob money, in this unimaginative made for cable thriller that first aired on HBO before going to video.
Soft-spoken, ruthless contract killer David Eckhart (Glenn) is ordered to hit Jerry Logan (McCarthy), a Las Vegas cab driver who's gotten his hands on a million dollars stolen from a casino. Logan expects to catch a train out of town and disappear, but he uses his real name to buy the ticket and
talks too much to a waitress. Eckhart catches up with Logan in the Salt Lake City airport, but Logan is able to ditch Eckhart in the crowded terminal and catch a plane to Los Angeles. In LA, Logan is immediately intercepted by one of Eckhart's confederates, Derek Mills (John Glover), who burns
Logan's feet so he can't run anymore. Logan clobbers Mills, escapes, and ends up in a hospital, where he befriends a beautiful nurse named Chris Altman (Janet Gunn). When Eckhart traces Logan to the hospital, Altman takes Logan to a hotel to hide out. Information from Mills leads Eckhart to the
hotel. The couple fight him off and go to Altman's house to plan their next move.
When Eckhart shows up at Altman's, Logan proposes a deal. He will give the hitman $500,000 to let him disappear; otherwise, if he kills Logan, he'll never retrieve the money, which is now hidden. Eckhart agrees, but Logan is planning a double cross. When Eckhart comes to collect, Logan tries to
kill him, and the two end up in a fight to the death. The cabbie is shot and stabbed a couple of times, but manages to defeat the professional killer. He and Altman then head for Rio, this time using phony names.
NIGHT OF THE RUNNING MAN was produced for HBO, and its casting and production values suggest that it was generously budgeted for a cable movie. It aspires to be a nifty little action-thriller, but all the positive effort is undone by the dull-witted plot. The repetitious formula--Logan hides but
slips up, Eckhart finds him easily, Logan escapes with difficulty--is about as ingenious as the instructions on a bottle of shampoo. Rinse. Lather. Repeat. (Profanity, sexual situations, nudity, violence.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: Hitman Scott Glenn chases Andrew McCarthy, who's absconded with a briefcase full of mob money, in this unimaginative made for cable thriller that first aired on HBO before going to video. Soft-spoken, ruthless contract killer David Eckhart (Glenn) is or… (more)