History Literature / TheRunningMan

19th Mar '17 5:37:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* AllForNothing: Richards joins the Running Man contest, being pursued by groups of 'Hunters' and receiving money for every hour he stays alive, to provide for his wife and his sick daughter. He makes it farther than any previous contestant in the history of the show, eluding the Hunters for weeks and managing to escape on an plane after he publically threatens to blow up the airfield. [[spoiler:Killian then offers him a job, but reveals that Richard's family had been killed in a home invasion only two days after the start. With nothing left to live for, he hijacks the plane and flies it right into the Games Tower.]]

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* AllForNothing: Richards joins the Running Man contest, being pursued by groups of 'Hunters' and receiving money for every hour he stays alive, in order [[HealthcareMotivation to provide for his wife and his sick daughter. daughter]]. He makes it farther further than any previous contestant in the history of the show, eluding the Hunters for almost two weeks and managing to escape on an a plane after he publically publicly threatens to blow up the airfield. [[spoiler:Killian airfield (which is a bluff). [[spoiler:[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Killian]] then offers him a job, but reveals that Richard's Richards' family had been killed in a home invasion only two days after the start.start of the contest. With nothing left to live for, he hijacks the plane and flies it right into the Games Tower.]]
11th Mar '17 8:18:11 AM nombretomado
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The story, written by Creator/StephenKing under his PenName of "Richard Bachman", is better known for its [[Film/TheRunningMan film version]] with Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and [[FamilyFeud Richard Dawson]], which [[InNameOnly turned the story]] into one of a BloodSport played by condemned criminals, and Richards' reason for entering the contest changes -- he was framed for a massacre that he was actually trying to stop.

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The story, written by Creator/StephenKing under his PenName of "Richard Bachman", is better known for its [[Film/TheRunningMan film version]] with Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and [[FamilyFeud [[Series/FamilyFeud Richard Dawson]], which [[InNameOnly turned the story]] into one of a BloodSport played by condemned criminals, and Richards' reason for entering the contest changes -- he was framed for a massacre that he was actually trying to stop.
3rd Jan '17 9:53:25 AM contrafanxxx
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The year is 2025 (the film version is set in 2017). Ben Richards desperately requires money to get medicine for his [[LittlestCancerPatient ill daughter]], Cathy. To stop his wife Sheila from continuing to prostitute herself to pay the bills, Richards turns to a state-sponsored television network, which runs several [[DeadlyGame TV game shows]] that put contestants at risk of severe injury or death. Contestants win money by surviving challenges such as ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiac_stress_test Treadmill to Bucks]]'', where a person with a heart or respiratory condition runs on a treadmill while answering trivia questions, or the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin self-explanatory]] ''Swim the Crocodiles''. After an extensive screening process, Richards is selected for the country's most popular and dangerous game, ''The Running Man''.

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The year is 2025 (the film version is set in 2017).2019). Ben Richards desperately requires money to get medicine for his [[LittlestCancerPatient ill daughter]], Cathy. To stop his wife Sheila from continuing to prostitute herself to pay the bills, Richards turns to a state-sponsored television network, which runs several [[DeadlyGame TV game shows]] that put contestants at risk of severe injury or death. Contestants win money by surviving challenges such as ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiac_stress_test Treadmill to Bucks]]'', where a person with a heart or respiratory condition runs on a treadmill while answering trivia questions, or the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin self-explanatory]] ''Swim the Crocodiles''. After an extensive screening process, Richards is selected for the country's most popular and dangerous game, ''The Running Man''.
3rd Sep '16 2:11:38 AM falcon2484
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Damon Killian is the smarmy head of the Games Company, overseeing the {{Immoral Reality Show}}s that are broadcast to the poor populations to distract them from how the network is poisoning the air.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Damon Dan Killian is the smarmy head of the Games Company, overseeing the {{Immoral Reality Show}}s that are broadcast to the poor populations to distract them from how the network is poisoning the air.
2nd Jul '16 10:54:46 AM AFP
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Not to be confused with Series/RunningMan, the South Korean variety show.

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Not to be confused with Series/RunningMan, the South Korean variety show. Or [[http://www.aol.com/article/2016/07/01/matt-damon-ben-affleck-the-runner-explainer/21420634/ The Runner]], an evidently unrelated 2016 series with a very similar premise (though presumably with nobody dying).
30th Jun '16 9:52:29 AM angryasians
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* CopKiller: Richards kills three Boston police officers in a gas explosion during his underground escape from the hotel. He already had a target on his head, but now every cop in the city wants his blood.

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* CopKiller: Richards kills three five Boston police officers in a gas explosion during his underground escape from the hotel. He already had a target on his head, but now every cop in the city wants his blood.
14th Jun '16 6:44:32 PM Discar
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->'''Richards''': ''"Want some coffee?"''
->'''Donahue''': ''"No."''
->'''Richards''': ''"Sure you do."'' ''([[spoiler:breaks Donahue's head open with the coffee maker'']])

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->'''Richards''': ''"Want some coffee?"''
->'''Donahue''': ''"No.
->"''In the year 2025, the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives..."''
->'''Richards''': ''"Sure you do."'' ''([[spoiler:breaks Donahue's head open with the coffee maker'']])
14th Jun '16 6:23:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* KilledOffScreen: Richards briefly meets another contestant of the ''Running Man'' contest before they're seperately sent out into the field. He later hears a news report that the other contestant was found in another town hiding in a container and killed by the Hunters.

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* KilledOffScreen: Richards briefly meets another contestant of the ''Running Man'' contest before they're seperately separately sent out into the field. He later hears a news report that the other contestant was found in another town hiding in a container and killed by the Hunters.
9th Apr '16 6:32:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* PollutedWasteland: Most of America in 2025.

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* PollutedWasteland: Most of America in 2025. The corporate networks have gained unrestricted license to pump out exhaust gasses that cause a surge in bronchitis cases, to the point where the relatively well-off part of the population use special nose filters.
9th Apr '16 6:15:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* BodyHorror: King describes the effects of [[spoiler: Richards being gutshot]] in excruciating detail.
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