NOWHERE TO RUN is such a crowded movie, so stuffed with subplots and characters, that it might have been called NO ROOM TO BREATHE. This odd melange of small-town realism, teen comedy, and action thriller centers on two high-school seniors, Howard (Jason Priestly) and Jerry Lee (Kieran
It's 1960, and a small town in Texas is riven by a local power struggle. A corrupt judge (Henry Jones) and an evil sheriff are the town bosses, but the latter is up for re-election and may lose his job. His challenger, Tooley (Andy Wood), is the father of Howard's girlfriend (Jillian McWhirter).
As part of his ruthless election drive, Tooley releases a convicted killer (David Carradine) and frames the incumbent sheriff. Inevitably, Howard and Jerry Lee end up in hot water.
Director Carl Franklin is a skilled filmmaker, and a few nuanced moments elevate film above similar exploitation pieces. Unfortunately, the basics--like acting and script--are no better than they should be, even by Corman standards. NOWHERE TO RUN wants to be taken seriously, and sometimes it
almost succeeds. But even the sum of its better parts can't compensate for its failures.
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- Released: 1989
- Rating: R
- Review: NOWHERE TO RUN is such a crowded movie, so stuffed with subplots and characters, that it might have been called NO ROOM TO BREATHE. This odd melange of small-town realism, teen comedy, and action thriller centers on two high-school seniors, Howard (Jason P… (more)
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