Runaway (1964 film)

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Directed by John O'Shea
Produced by John O'Shea
Written by John Graham
John O'Shea
Starring Colin Broadley
Nadja Regin
Music by Robin Maconie
Cinematography Anthony Williams
Release date
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
102 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English

Runaway, also called Runaway Killer, is a 1964 New Zealand made thriller film and a road movie. John O’Shea of Pacific Films produced, directed and co-wrote it. Shot in black and white and released on 35 mm and also 16 mm, it was cut to 80 minutes and renamed Runaway Killer for release in Britain, although this lost continuity between scenes. The film stars Colin Broadley in the lead, and several New Zealanders who became famous in other fields; Kiri Te Kanawa, Barry Crump and Ray Columbus.

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