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The Rundown [2003] (1 disc)

Director:Peter Berg
Writer:James Vanderbilt
R.J. Stewart
Composer:Harry Gregson-Williams
Length:105 minutes
(1 hour 45 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
Sorting Tub:Hotel
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:72%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Beck makes a living as a loan shark enforcer, but wants out. He is promised that, with just one more rundown, he could earn enough to be free once and for all.

Reaction: This is a fun movie. Not Shakespear, but there's good action and Johnson's character is interestingly cocky and humble.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Peter Berg => Director
James Vanderbilt => Writer
R.J. Stewart => Writer
Harry Gregson-Williams => Composer
Arnold Schwarzenegger => Bar Patron (uncredited)
Christopher Walken => Hatcher
Dwayne Johnson => Beck (as The Rock)
Ernie Reyes Jr. => Manito
Ewen Bremner => Declan
Jon Gries => Harvey
Rosario Dawson => Mariana
Seann William Scott => Travis
William Lucking => Walker

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The film's original title was Helldorado. It was then changed to Welcome to the Jungle before being changed again to The Rundown.
  • According to Seann William Scott the "thunder and lightning" bit was just a joke, but was so entertaining it was kept in the film.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's cameo was filmed the same day he filmed his appearance as the Terminator for the Super Bowl. It was completely unprepared. He happened onto the set that day and was asked to make a quick appearance in the film. Fans and movie enthusiasts often cite his saying "Have fun" to Dwayne Johnson as a passing of the torch to an action hero of the next generation.
  • According to director commentary on the DVD, Christopher Walken had never seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and was therefore reluctant to use the phrase, "Oompah-loompahs" in his final scene. The director provided Walken with a copy of the movie, and after watching it, Walken decided to use the phrase.
  • Hatcher's tooth-fairy speech was a substitution for him comparing the situation to Pooh stuck in the door to Rabbit's house from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh after Disney threatened to sue over it.
  • Both of the film's previous working titles are referenced in the film. After arriving in Brazil, Beck passes a sign that reads "Helldorado", and in the jungle, Travis tells Beck, "Welcome to the jungle..."
  • At the end of the film, Jon Gries' character is wearing a scorpion necklace. It's is the same one that Memnon wears in The Scorpion King.