Director: Michael Crichton Run Time: 99 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG 13 Release Year: 1984
Starring: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Alley, Stan Shaw
With humans reliant on robots for day-to-day tasks – anything from working corn fields to taking care of their kids – some are bound to go out of control. A special police force is put in place to take care of the rogue bots, and Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck) is among their best, despite his fear of heights and trauma from a past event. But when the robots start to seem more homicidal than usual, Ramsay must contend with the diabolical Dr. Charles Luther (Gene Simmons, effectively menacing), who is programming them to kill.
One of a handful of films written and directed by Michael Crichton, Runaway is a fun thriller with wild moments. Witness the intimidation of what appears to be a fax machine armed with a gun!