Runaway Daughters (1994 film)

Runaway Daughters is a 1994 television film directed by Joe Dante that originally aired on the cable television network Showtime as part of the anthology series Rebel Highway. It is a loose remake of Runaway Daughters, an American International Pictures production from 1956, the year in which both the original and the remake are set. Much of the cast of Dante's The Howling is reunited on this film, including Christopher Stone, Dee Wallace, Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, and Belinda Balaski.

Runaway Daughters
Written byLou Rusoff
Charles S. Haas
Directed byJoe Dante
StarringJulie Bowen
Holly Fields
Jenny Lewis
Paul Rudd
Chris Young
Music byHummie Mann
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Lou Arkoff
David Giler
Debra Hill
Willie Kutner
CinematographyRichard Bowen
Editor(s)Mark Helfrich
Running time83 minutes
Production company(s)Drive-In Classics
Showtime Networks
Original releaseAugust 12, 1994


The title characters are Angie Gordon, Mary Nicholson, and Laura Cahn. Their picaresque adventure begins in 1956 when Mary has a pregnancy scare after letting Bob Randolph go too far with her. Mr. Russoff, named for Lou Rusoff who wrote the screenplay of the original version, is a widower from the wrong side of the tracks, and he seeks to cover his tracks by enlisting in the United States Navy. Angie and Laura accompany Mary in a flight from the suburbs as she decides what to do about her pregnancy. Along the way, they meet bully cops and redneck survivalists with rifles.



The Gordons are played by the Stones, the Nicholsons by Balaski and Innerspace's Joe Flaherty, and the Cahns played by Picardo and Wendy Schaal, also both late of Innerspace. Dick Miller plays Roy Farrell, a private detective hired to find the girls. Also in small roles are Dante regular Mark McCraken and the producer of the original version, Samuel Z. Arkoff. Roger Corman, along with his wife, Julie Corman, play the parents of the boyfriend of one of the title characters.

The script was written by Charles S. Haas and in many ways is a companion piece to his previous collaboration with Dante, Matinee.

Fabian Forte, who was under contract to AIP in the sixties, has a small role.[1]


The film originally aired on Showtime on August 12, 1994.

Home media

The film was released on DVD in March 2005.


  1. Vagg, Stephen (26 August 2019). "The Cinema of Fabian". Diabolique.
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