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Michael Crichton Film Series – Runaway

November 11, 2019,6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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Film series overview

Few American writers have been more concerned with the transformative power of science, and its unforeseen consequences, than Michael Crichton. In his work, Crichton demonstrated a keen ability to anticipate new technological developments long before they became reality and predict how even seemingly beneficial breakthroughs in biotechnology or artificial intelligence could quickly spiral out of their creators’ control. This fall, join the Linda Hall Library for a retrospective film series that considers how Crichton’s views on science and technology evolved during the final decades of the 20th century.

Films will be screened at the UMKC Student Union Theater. A 30-minute audience discussion and Q&A will follow each screening.

About the November 11 film

Runaway (1984, 99 minutes, PG-13)

In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots… and his son becomes a target. Written and directed by Michael Crichton. Stars Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, and Kirstie Alley.


A 30-minute audience discussion and Q&A led by robotics expert Dr. Travis Fields, Assistant Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at UMKC, will follow each screening.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Films will be screened at the UMKC Student Union Theater. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Upcoming Michael Crichton films in the series


Free parking is available on the 5th and 6th floors of the Cherry Street Parking Garage. There are entrances on Oak Street and Cherry Street. Parking on lower floors is reserved for vehicles with UMKC parking permits.


This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.


November 11, 2019
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Linda Hall Library


UMKC Student Union Theater
5100 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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For reservation questions, please email events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8772 to leave a message.

Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information on these events.