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Nowhere to Run (1993)



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An escaped convict fights for his rights while hiding out from the law in this action drama. Sam Gillen (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a thief who, despite his criminal past, is an essentially decent man; he ended up behind bars after taking a murder rap for his partner. Sam escapes from prison in a daring jailbreak, and he hides out on a remote farm while on the run from police. A young boy named Mookie (Kieran Culkin) finds the fugitive and takes him in; it seems that the farm belongs to his mother Clydie (Roseanna Arquette), and soon Mookie and his sister Bree (Tiffany Taubman) have become friends with Sam, and Clydie and Sam fall in love. However, Franklin Hale (Joss Ackland), an unscrupulous land developer, wants to buy Clydie's farm and isn't taking no for an answer. When Hale's thug Dunston (Ted Levine) tries to use force to drive Clydie off her property, Sam is ready to fight fire with fire. Nowhere to Run was co-authored by noted screenwriter Joe Eszterhas; Richard Marquand received his story credit posthumously. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Eszterhas, Leslie Bohem, Randy Feldman, Richard Marquand
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Box Office: $22.2M
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Ted Levine
as Dunston
Joss Ackland
as Franklin Hale
Allan Graf
as Bus Driver
Leonard Termo
as Bus Guard
James Greene
as Country Store Clerk
Steve Chambers
as Pick-Up Truck Thug
Robert Apisa
as Prisoner
Christy Botkin
as Sarah Lewis
Luana Anders
as Town Meeting Chairwo...
Robert Aprisa
as Prisoner
Tony Brubaker
as Prisoner
Voyo Goric
as Prisoner
Peter Malota
as Prisoner
Frank Orsatti
as Prisoner
Manny Perry
as Prisoner
Ron Stein
as Prisoner
Jack Verbois
as Prisoner
Chuck Zito
as Prisoner
Kevin Page
as Hale's Associate
Albie Selznick
as Hale's Associate
Andy Gill
as Bulldozer Man
Jack Gill
as Bulldozer Man
Gene Lebell
as Bulldozer Man
Jeff Ramsey
as Bulldozer Man
Randall Widner
as Bulldozer Man
Gavin Glennon
as Auto Parts Clerk
John Rubinow
as Clydie's Husband
Stanley White
as Cop in Diner
Joseph Menza
as Diner Cook
John Finn
as Cop in Chase
John Kerry
as Big Thug John
Tony Epper
as Fire Thug Al
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Critic Reviews for Nowhere to Run

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

A relentlessly corny and shamelessly derivative vehicle.

Full Review… | November 2, 2008
Top Critic

When Van Damme is doing what he does best -- narcissistically displaying his body and thumping the bad guys -- the film works reasonably well.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Several members of the Astor Plaza audience yesterday afternoon could not contain their merriment when, in the middle of the film, Mr. Van Damme's character identified himself as a lawyer.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

While it boasts better supporting actors and technical credits than other Van Damme projects, the film nonetheless founders, a victim of its own lugubrious pace and misguided efforts at turning the bulging Belgian into a romantic lead.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is the kind of movie that is so witlessly generic that the plot and title disappear into a mist of other recycled plots and interchangeable titles.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Except for a few short bursts here and there, and one extended scene during the climax, the film is mostly talk. And since Van Damme's range as a dramatic actor is marginal at best, this is a problem.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Nowhere to Run


If you were a hot woman in the 90s, chances are you were on a Van Damme movie. Van Damme also had plenty of good actors as the bad guys, in this case Ted Levine, it is a shame that the script is just complete crap and just an excuse for Van Damme to bed said hot woman (Arquette) and beat the crap out of said bad guy in climatic final battle, but right after a bunch of pointless stuff that you don't care about.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

In "Nowhere To Run," Jean-Claude Van Damme plays as Sam, an escaped convict who ends up staying on a small farm with Clydie (Rosanna Arquette) and her two kids. However, he finds out that he has some new enemies while he's staying there, including a jealous cop and some men who are trying to take away the farm that Clydie and her two kids live on.
I recommend anybody who likes Van Damme movies to get "Nowhere To Run." If you aren't familiar with Van Damme's other movies, this would be a good movie to get to get you familiar. It doesn't have as much fighting in it as most of his other movies do, but it certainly doesn't lack in action. You'll see some great action sequences such as when Van Damme is trying to find a place to run from the police by riding a motorcycle. It has more drama than most of the other Van Damme movies, but it's still a good one. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Van Damme just rocks. Sad to see him getting older :-(

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


A pretty plain action movie but with enough of a story to keep you interested for the run time.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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