JINGLE ALL THE WAY
1996, 20th Century Fox, 89 min, USA, Dir: Brian Levant

Every year brings a hot new toy that every kid wants for the holidays, and in this family comedy hit, it’s Turbo Man. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad play rival dads desperate to give their sons the sold-out action figure for Christmas, running afoul of cops, counterfeiters and parades along the way. Costars Phil Hartman, Robert Conrad, Rita Wilson and Jim Belushi help supply laughs (as well as some gentle jabs at the commercialization of the season).


THE RUNNING MAN
1987, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: Paul Michael Glaser

Adapted from a Stephen King novel, this ’80s sci-fi favorite is set in 2019, two years after economic collapse has plunged the United States into totalitarianism. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a police helicopter pilot framed for a massacre and forced to appear in the popular reality TV show “The Running Man,” in which convicts are pursued by heavily armed hunters. As the show’s host, Richard Dawson (of “Family Feud” fame) is at his smarmy best; María Conchita Alonso, rocker Mick Fleetwood and wrestler Jesse Ventura help round out the cast.


TRUE LIES
1994, 20th Century Fox, 141 min, USA, Dir: James Cameron

Director James Cameron reunites with TERMINATOR star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who leads a double life as Harry Tasker, a secret agent masquerading as a computer salesman, in this crowd-pleasing action film. Wife Jamie Lee Curtis has no idea she’s married to a James Bond-esque operative, and looks to used car salesman Bill Paxton to add some excitement to her life; she gets more than she bargained for when Harry takes on a Palestinian terrorist group. With Tom Arnold, Tia Carrere and Charlton Heston.


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