Run, Man, Run

Run, Man, Run (Italian: Corri uomo corri, also known as Big Gundown 2) is an Italian-French Zapata Western film. It is the second film of Sergio Sollima centred on the character of Cuchillo, again played by Tomas Milian, after the two-years earlier successful western The Big Gundown. It is also the final chapter of the political-western trilogy of Sollima, and his last spaghetti western.[2] According to the same Sollima, Run, Man, Run is the most politic, the most revolutionary and even anarchic among his movies.[3]

Run, Man, Run
Directed bySergio Sollima
Produced byAlvaro Mancori
Anna Maria Chretien
Screenplay bySergio Sollima
Pompeo De Angelis
Story bySergio Sollima
StarringTomas Milian
Donal O'Brien
Linda Veras
John Ireland
Chelo Alonso
Music byBruno Nicolai
Ennio Morricone
CinematographyGuglielmo Mancori
Edited byTatiana Casini Morigi
Distributed byItal-Noleggio Cinematografico
Release date
29 August 1968
Running time
120 minutes
Box office1,000,146,000 ITL (Italy)[1]


When Cuchillo returns to his hometown in Mexico he soon finds himself in prison, sharing a cell with a dangerous desperado, the poet Ramirez. Despite a pardon and release in one day, Ramirez hires Cuchillo to help him escape. Waiting for his release are numerous bounty hunters eager for the price on Ramirez's head. Evading the hunters, they make it to Ramirez's village, but only minutes before the revolutionary bandit Reza arrives. Ramirez is shot but before he dies, he passes information to Cuchillo regarding $3M in hidden gold, and charges him with returning it to the revolutionary leader, Santillana. Hot on Cuchillo's trail are French mercenaries serving President Diaz, Reza and his bandits, an American gunslinger, and Cuchillo's fiancé, Dolores...who simply wants Cuchillo to stop running and marry her. Deceptions and double-crosses rule as all parties race to discover the gold cache.



For contractual reasons, Nicolai is credited with the film's music, but Ennio Morricone actually composed it.[4]


  1. Fisher, Austin (2014). Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema. I.B.Tauris. p. 220.
  2. Antonio Bruschini. Western all'italiana: The specialists. Glittering images, 1998. pp. 68–70. ISBN 88-8275-034-5.
  3. Christian Uva, Michele Picchi. Destra e sinistra nel cinema italiano. Edizioni Interculturali S.r.l., 2006. p. 223. ISBN 88-88375-66-X.
  4. Run, Man, Run (Run Man Run: 35 Years Running) (DVD). Los Angeles, California: Blue Underground. 1968.

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