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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
Directed by Joe Dante
Produced by Lou Arkoff
David Giler
Debra Hill
Willie Kutner
Written by Lou Rusoff
Charles S. Haas
Starring Julie Bowen
Holly Fields
Jenny Lewis
Paul Rudd
Chris Young
Music by Hummie Mann
Cinematography Richard Bowen
Edited by Mark Helfrich
Distributed by Showtime
Release date
August 12, 1994
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English



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.


The film originally aired on Showtime on August 12, 1994. It was never released on VHS, and made its DVD debut in March 2005.

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