Runaway (1984)

USA, 1984
35mm film, Panavision, colour, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American science fiction film directed by Michael Crichton.

Plot Summary

Sergeant Jack R. Ramsay is part of a special police unit that tackles the problem of runaway robots in a near future USA. When several machines are found to have murdered their operators, his investigations lead him to the deranged Dr Charles Luthor who has developed a chip that turns robots into killers.


Directed by: Michael Crichton
© 1984 Tri-Star Pictures
Tri-Star Pictures presents. A Michael Crichton film. A Tri-Star release
Executive Producer: Kurt Villadsen
Produced by: Michael Rachmil
Associate Producer: Lisa Faversham
Written by: Michael Crichton
Director of Photography: John A. Alonzo
Edited by: Glenn Farr
Editor: James Coblentz
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Production Sound Mixer: Rob Young
Costume Designer: Betsy Cox
Makeup Supervisor: Ilona Herman
Hairstylist: Sharon Linder
Special Robotic Effects: Special Effects Unlimited, Broggie Elliott Animation
Robotic Spiders: Robotic Systems International
Special Effects Coordinator: John Thomas
Visual Effects Coordinator: Mark Dornfeld
Production Designer: Douglas Higgins
Robot Designs: David Durand

Tom Selleck ([Sergeant Jack R.] Ramsay)
Cynthia Rhodes ([Officer Karen] Thompson)
Gene Simmons ([Dr Charles] Luther)
Kirstie Alley (Jackie [Rogers])
Stan Shaw ([Sergeant] Marvin [James])
G.W. Bailey (Chief)
Chris Mulkey ([David] Johnson)
Joey Cramer (Bobby [Ramsay])
Anne-Marie Martin (hooker at bar)
Michael Paul Chan (Wilson)
Elizabeth Norment (Miss Shields)
Carol Teesdale (Sally)
Jackson Davies (inspector)
Paul Batten (Harry)
Babs Chulla (construction foreperson)
Marilyn Schreffler (Lois’ voice)
Cec Verrell (hooker)
Natino Bellentino (headwaiter)
Judith Johns (data tech)
Betty Phillips (Linda)

Alternative Titles

Fora de Controlo – Portugal
Gyilkos robotok – Hungary
Karkuri – Finland
Runaway – L’évadé du futur – France
Runaway – Spinnen des Todes – Germany



  • American Cinematographer vol.66 no.1 (January 1985) pp.79-82 – illustrated article (Camera: New camera technology for Runaway)
  • Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) p.70 – credits, note (Horrorscope by Gilles Polinien)
  • Keyboard vol.11 no.2 (issue #106) (February 1985) pp.19-20, 22-26 – illustrated interview with Jerry Goldsmith (Jerry Goldmsith by Tom Darter)
  • Keyboard vol.11 no.4 (issue #108) (April 1985) pp.44, 46, 48, 52 – illustrated interview with Jerry Goldsmith (Jerry Goldsmith Part 2 by Tom Darter)
  • Kiss and Make-up by Gene Simmons pp.197-199, 206 – illustrated note
  • Première August 1985 p.10 – review (by Martine Moriconi)
  • Starburst no.84 (vol.7 no,12) (August 1995) – illustrated interview with Tom Selleck (On the run by Frances Lynn)
  • Starlog no.90 (January 1985) pp.43-45 – illustrated interview with Gene Simmons (Gene Simmons: A famous monster turns to science by Richard Robinson)
  • Starlog no.91 (February 1985) pp.43, 45-47, 68 – illustrated interview with Michael Crichton (Michael Crichton: The business of moviemaking is science fiction by Lee Goldberg)
  • Starlog no.92 (March 1985) pp.60-61, 65 – illustrated interview with Tom Selleck (Tom Selleck: Tracking the action of Runaway by Lee Goldberg)
  • Starlog no.102 (January 1986) pp.43-44 – illustrated interview with Kirstie Alley (Kirstie Alley: “She’s not Saavik, I am” by Lee Goldberg
  • Starlog no.133 (August 1988) – illustrated interview with Jerry Goldsmith (Jerry Goldsmith: Scoring the fantastic by Marc Shapiro)
  • Starlog no.192 (July 1993) pp.32-37, 74 – illustrated interview with Michael Crichton (The curator of Jurassic Park by Bill Warren)


  • Film Review 1985-1986 by F. Maurice Speed p.107 – credits, synopsis, review