History Literature / TheRunningMan

29th Jul '17 6:19:39 PM maxwellsilver
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* CopKiller: Richards kills 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.

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* CopKiller: CopKillerManhunt: Richards kills 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.
28th Jul '17 11:22:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''.

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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''. Richards responds to his offer in the most spectacular way possible, by [[spoiler:hijacking a passenger plane and ramming it into Killian's ivory tower office while flipping the bird at him.]]
28th Jul '17 11:19:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''.
28th Jul '17 6:53:06 AM SkidTroper
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28th Jul '17 6:34:43 AM SkidTroper
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* MortalWoundReveal: [[spoiler: Ben Richards gets shot in the stomach when he hijacks the plane. He learned how severe his wound was when he took a step and feels a sharp agonizing pull around his midsection. He looked down and saw that '''he had trod on his own intestines, which had unraveled from the large wound in his stomach and were hanging to the floor!''']]



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Richards is this at first in the book. He uses the words "Negro" and "nigger," the latter being the first thing that pops into his head when the word "doctor" comes up in a word-association test. However, he changes his opinion when a black family in the Boston ghetto gives him shelter and helps him get out of town.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Richards is this racist against black people at first in the book. He uses the words "Negro" and "nigger," the latter being the first thing that pops into his head when the word "doctor" comes up in a word-association test. However, he changes his opinion when a black family in the Boston ghetto gives him shelter and helps him get out of town.
25th Jul '17 2:19:24 PM Morgenthaler
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* PragmaticVillainy: The CorruptCorporateExecutive insists to Ben Richards that he didn't [[spoiler:have his wife killed]] as part of a plan to recruit him as a Hunter. He makes no attempt to convince Richards that he's above such a thing, merely that it would have been a lousy plan and Richards would have seen through it, as evidenced by the fact that his suspicions immediately landed on the network when he heard about the misdeed.
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.
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