A little forgotten gem

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SHEEMIEE

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So, I've had this audio stashed away for a rainy day - and today is the day I began listening.

Now I am not a huge fan on the movie, I reckon they could have done a lot more with it - but I never read the book to compare, and put it down to another cheesy Arnie flick.

But listening to the Bachman tape has me conjuring up images from '1984' and death race 2000. Even the long walk mentality
I'm loving the Ben Richards character in this one, and the running man game to follow. It changes the whole story.

Funny how a movie can put you of reading a book for years eh.
 

SHEEMIEE

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Oh oh - i see where this is going .... Floor 19 ??


Surely not.


Got a bit bogged down there for a while sorta lost its way at the high jack, black irish ??? Bit lame- but im nearly there.
 

doowopgirl

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So, I've had this audio stashed away for a rainy day - and today is the day I began listening.

Now I am not a huge fan on the movie, I reckon they could have done a lot more with it - but I never read the book to compare, and put it down to another cheesy Arnie flick.

But listening to the Bachman tape has me conjuring up images from '1984' and death race 2000. Even the long walk mentality
I'm loving the Ben Richards character in this one, and the running man game to follow. It changes the whole story.

Funny how a movie can put you of reading a book for years eh.
Fortunately I read the book long before the travesty of a film was made.
 

SHEEMIEE

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A mention for '1984' doublethinkers was a nice touch. But this story has absolutely no relevance to arnies movie all at, very bizzare .

Not finished it yet, 1 chapter to go. I sorta lost interest with the whole stand off at the airport, but ill get there.
 

SHEEMIEE

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A mention for '1984' doublethinkers was a nice touch. But this story has absolutely no relevance to arnies movie all at, very bizzare .

Not finished it yet, 1 chapter to go. I sorta lost interest with the whole stand off at the airport, but ill get there.
Although im loving the book compared to the movie, i cant help agree with the filmaker when he added the gladiator type bounty hunters . Not enough glam in the story. That was a good touch
 

Aloysius Nell

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When I think of The Running Man, I think of one line:

"Richards was smiling. And giving him the finger."

That encapsulates the whole novel for me, and the whole character of Richards. To be in the physical condition he was in, and to have gone through what he had both physically and emotionally, and have that response...? Wonderful. A complete reversal in tone. Absolutely, it raises the whole novel to a new plane, all in just about the last paragraph. (I think it's the last paragraph - been decades since I've read it.)
 
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SHEEMIEE

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Yeh , sorta saw the end coming from a mile off - a nice touch , the finger, pity the plane wAs travelling at 500mph for the bloke to even see the cockpit, let alone the finger eh.

Who knew SK was a prophet