Running Scared is a 2006 crime film written and directed by Wayne
Kramer and released by New Line Cinema. The film stars Paul Walker,
Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Chazz Palminteri, and Alex Neuberger
(in his film debut). It was released in the United States on February
The film is rated R by the MPAA for 'pervasive strong brutal violence
and language, sexuality and drug content'.
It received mostly mixed reviews, with a 40% on RottenTomatoes.com.
The users section gave it a 75 percent fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.
com and 7.6 out of 10 on IMDb. It has since gone on to be a cult film.
The movie begins with Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) driving with a boy,
Oleg Yugorsky (Cameron Bright), in a convertible. Oleg has a blood
stain on his shirt, implying that he had been shot. The rest of the
movie flashes back to the events that led up to this point. Joey, a
low-level mafioso, is attending a drug deal with his boss Tommy
(Johnny Messner) and associate Sal. The deal goes bad when masked men
burst in and try to steal the drugs and money. The stand-off descends
into a shoot-out and several of the masked men are killed before the
leader flees. Tommy discovers a badge on one of the dead men, revealing
that they were dirty cops. As the mobsters flee in a panic, Tommy gives
the murder weapons to Joey, telling him to get rid of them.