What’s up, dudes? It’s a 1986 buddy cop flick set at Christmas! That’s right! It’s “Running Scared,” and Tim Williams from 80’s Flick Flashback and Nicholas Pepin of Pop Culture Roulette join me to talk about it!
Ray Hughes and Danny Costanzo are a pair of wisecracking Chicago cops. Julio Gonzales is a fast-rising drug kingpin. In an effort to bring him down, they unintentionally blow the lid off a long-running undercover operation which has been trying to crack his drug ring. After getting reprimanded by their captain, they are forced to take a “vacation” and spend some time away from the force.
To get away from the dreary Chicago winter, they go to Key West, Florida. There they are taken in by the life of leisure, natural beauty, and gorgeous beauties. They love the pace of life in a place where people stop and take time to watch the sunset each day. Danny comes up with the idea to retire from the force and buy a bar there, and gets Ray to go along with the idea. Still, they don’t feel right about retiring until they can nail Julio. They head back to Chicago for one last mission as part of the force so that they can retire with clear consciences. They are aiming for one final shot at Julio, one final showdown where they can bring him down.
Billy Crystal? Check. Gregory Hines? Yep. Jimmy Smits? Heck yeah! So grab your badge, throw your pants down a flight of stairs, and take a vacation to this episode on “Running Scared!”
Listen to this episode of Totally Rad Christmas
Author: Gerry D / Tim Williams, Nicholas Pepin
Title: Running Scared (w/ Tim and Nicholas)