|RUNNERS (director: Charles Sturridge; screenwriter: story and screenplay by Stephen Poliakoff; cinematographer: Howard Atherton ; editor: Peter Coulson ; music: George Fenton; cast: James Fox (Tom Lindsay), Jane Asher (Helen), Kate Hardie (Rachel Lindsay), Robert Lang (Wilkins), Eileen O'Bren (Gillian Lindsay), Ruti Simon (Lucy Lindsay); Runtime: 110; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Barry Hanson; Goldcrest; 1983-UK)|
by Dennis Schwartz
Charles Sturridge ("Lassie"/"Longitude"/"Shackleton")
directs this realistic grim drama about a teenage
runaway, that's filled with many interesting ideas but
executed in an awkward way as to leave its intended
meaning unclear. It's written in a rambling way by
fledgling writer Stephen Poliakoff, who bases it
on his story.
Fox is a caring father who can't stop searching for
his missing 13-year-old daughter Kate
Hardie, running away from her Midlands
home two years ago to London. Dad searches even if
everyone else has given up hope, including
his wife. When he finally tracks Kate
down, with the help of Jane Asher, a member of a
teenage missing person support group, and through an
anonymous tip, he meets her at a Tube station in South
London and learns she's with a car hire firm. After
the confrontation, he is startled that she refuses to
go home with him.
rarely seen film, that had an early hook in its
theater release, is regarded by some as an undervalued
underground cult film.
REVIEWED ON 9/3/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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