February is Chicago Movie Month with Running Scared

Running Scared was a movie filmed in Chicago with Billy Crystal & Gregory Hines as two Chicago Detectives on the trail of a drug dealer played by Jimmy Smits.  Smits is able to smuggle in Cocaine to Chicago through O’Hare Airport by disgusing the cocaine as toy statues.  These statues are brought in by unsuspecting Catholic Nuns & Priests from their trips to & from South America.

The movie is filmed in Chicago and features some of the great landmarks.  In the final scene, Smits has kidnapped Billy Crystal’s Ex-Wife.  Arrangements are made for an exchange at the Thompson Center Building.  There is a great shootout.

In the scene above, Crystal & Hines use an unmarked police car disguised as a taxi.  This car has special features in that it is bullet proof, but the windows don’t roll down.

The chase begins at O’Hare airport, at about 1:50, the scene changes to a street that is actually Oakton Street in Skokie.  There the chase turns onto Skokie Swift tracks where they follow the tracks into downtown Chicago. Various footage scenes later, Smits & his driver escape right before their limo is overturned by an L-Train.

Running Scared also features Joey Pantoliano, as a low level criminal who Crystal & Hines use to get information from.  Filmed in the 1980’s, it certainly has an 80’s feel to it.

Crystal & Hines have some really great chemistry together & it shows.

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