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RUN (1991) Dir. Geoff Burrowes. Written by Dennis Shryack, and Michael Blodgett. Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Kelly Preston, and Ken Pogue.

Hunted By The Mafia And The Police, He's Running For His Life.

Smarmy law student/amateur card sharp, Charlie Farrow gets a job driving a Porsche down to Atlantic City, has some mechanical issues on the way, and lets his winning ways and running mouth get himself into big trouble at a little casino somewhere in New Jersey. Never a good thing. Bullied by a wanna-be gangster at the Texas Hold'em table because he just can't seem to lose, Charlie inadvertently causes the man's death and before long the entire city, cops, and crooks are out to kill him, because as it turns out the dead bully was the son of real gangster Halloran who just so happens to run things in this burg and he's put a bounty out on Charlie's head. Full disclosure here, I have deeply disliked Patrick Dempsey since first seeing him in Can't Buy Me Love, a movie I love despite him, but if there was ever a perfect film role for his unique 'qualities' it's Charlie Farrow. Dempsey is a live wire in the film, his wiry frame bending, leaping and writhing in damn near every frame as he struggles to escape everyone he comes into contact with. It's an exhilarating and exhausting performance as between Dempsey and his stunt double we are treated to some of the most visceral and clever physical stunts a kind of prat-fall ballet in debt to Buster Keaton as much as any stunt coordinator. It's a performance and film that has been overlooked for far too long. Check it out if you can, but if like a lot of the films in this column you find that it was never released on Blu-Ray or for that matter a better than barebones DVD, get mad as hell at the powers that be and demand the boutique labels of late stop releasing deluxe editions of Microwave Massacre and save the glut of early 90's action films condemned to the dustbins of time! 

 

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