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Apparently this guy is a neurosurgeon on Grey’s Anatomy. “Run” (1991) Starring Patrick Dempsey.

30 May

I have never seen this “Grey’s Anatomy” show but I understand it is (or at least was) quite popular.  I also can’t remember Patrick Dempsey as anything other than an awkward and annoying (in my opinion) teen in such 80’s films as Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) and Loverboy (1989) (also staring Kirstie Allie).  The movie Run (1991) seems to be a mere continuation of those rigidly formulaic 1980’s teen coming of age type of movies except this film is nothing more than a “chase” movie pure and simple.  This one is so bad it shines in the “you have to watch it because it sucks” category.

 

I’ve seen porno movies with more complex plots that Run, but here we go anyway:  Dempsey plays Charlie Farrow, a Boston law student, part-time mechanic and of course never can lose poker player who is asked by his boss to drive a new Porsche 911 from Boston to Atlantic City.  The car, however, breaks down—those damn Germans–and while Farrow waits for the car to be repaired, a cab driver (who mistakes him for an Atlantic City card shark) takes him to an underground casino run by the mob to get something to eat.

 

While waiting for his return ride to the garage, Farrow decides to play a couple of hands of poker.  He ends up soundly beating Denny Halloran (Alan C. Peterson), who is really pissed off and embarrassed this kid took him to poker school.  Of course there is a resulting fight where Denny corners Farrow but trips over a potted palm, and accidentally hits his head on the sharp corner of a counter, and dies.  To add an exciting element (sarcasm) (I really need to invent a ‘sarcastic’ font) Denny happens to be the son of mob boss Matt Halloran (Ken Pogue), who not only owns the casino but most of the law enforcement in the area. 

 

Farrow finds himself on the “Run” (very clever) from cops and the mob henchmen, all of whom want to collect a $50,000 dollar bounty the boss has placed on his head.  He finds Kelly Preston, yes, that is right, Kelly Preston wife of Travolta and even better, the 1990 former fiancé of Charlie Sheen’s but she had to end the relationship shortly after he accidentally shot her in the arm.  She plays Karen Landers, Farrow’s only friend who, and you are never going to believe this, gets shot in the arm (I’ll bet she wasn’t even acting having some “real world” experience with it only the year before).  Like every “B” film, the bodies start to pile up as the couple dodge flying bullets, bowling pins, explosions from a nice selection of military grade assault weapons and other shrapnel and twisted auto parts and oh yeah, the Porsche didn’t make it more than 15 minutes into the film.  The chase takes him through racetracks, amusement parks, bowling alleys and a shopping mall.  Dempsey certainly covered a lot of ground in this one. 

 

Farrow and the mob boss go head to head at a dog track and here is the best part, the mob boss gets impaled by the mechanical pace-rabbit that was speeding around the track and was now circling back toward him.  I could not believe it!  He got impaled by the rabbit the dogs chase at the track!  Wow!  I sure didn’t see that coming.  I was on the edge of the couch for that thriller.

 

Well, they sure don’t make them like Run anymore and I believe they should to give guys like me something to bitch about.  Be that as it may, I am glad to see at least one Hollywood type who pulled himself together and changed the direction of his career.

 

All hail Dr. H for recommending this one.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Movie Reviews

 

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4 responses to “Apparently this guy is a neurosurgeon on Grey’s Anatomy. “Run” (1991) Starring Patrick Dempsey.

  1. Dr H

    June 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Now that you,guys have had your fun with samurai movies,its time we did some serious or seriously bad movies. Run was the start. What next. Honestly I liked the movie because it was so childish and so devoid of any serious thought process that it would be crime to ignore it. It should be remembered for bad acting but a sincere effort at entertainment. I call it an anti-snob movie. Same as 4 brothers we reviewed last year.

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  2. Bonnie

    June 4, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Dr. H, I am surprised at you! Samurai movies are serious too (or can be)…

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  3. Doggerel

    August 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    “Run” is fun. It’s a chase movie and a well done one. Some reviewers apparently miss the entertaining part of entertainment. No, you won’t be discussing the deeper meaning at your favorite post-film bistro, but unless you’re watching films to find the deeper meaning of life you’ll probably enjoy it. And if you’re a fan of “Grey’s Anatomy”, it’s McDreamy in his youth (apparently he switched from Law to Med School). :-)

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    • jpfmovies

      August 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      You are right, that is precisely why we reviewed it because we knew it was a superficial chase film. Every once in a while I like to come down on a movie pretty hard, so this one was the victim. That said I also wanted to genuinely tip my hat to guy for moving from a cliche 1980’s-early 90’s actor to a very mature and popular actor i.e. Grey’s Anatomy–a feat that many of his colleagues and contemporaries of his acting class utterly failed to do.

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