Off and Running

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Off and Running
UK theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward Bianchi
Written byMitch Glazer
Produced by
CinematographyAndrzej Bartkowiak
Edited byRick Shaine
Music byMason Daring
Aaron Russo Entertainment
Distributed byOrion Pictures
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

Off and Running is a 1991 American comedy mystery film directed by Ed Bianchi, written by Mitch Glazer, and starring Cyndi Lauper and David Keith.


Lauper stars as a mermaid-themed lounge singer who gets involved with a caring but troubled man played by Jose Perez. Because of his involvement with horse racing and breeding (and consequent mafia ties), the man is murdered in front of her, and she goes on the lam to escape his killers. On the way, she takes on the company of a professional golfer and a rebellious pre-teen boy, and together they attempt to unravel the mystery behind her slain lover's past.


  • Cyndi Lauper as Cyd Morse
  • David Keith as Jack Cornett
  • Johnny Pinto as Pompey
  • David Thornton as Reese
  • Richard Belzer as Milt Zoloth
  • José Pérez as J.W. (Woody) Vilela
  • Anita Morris as Florence
  • Hazen Gifford as John K. Sasser
  • Linda Hart as Gina Pompelli
  • Tracy Roberts as Patti
  • Dana Mark as April
  • Heather Davis as Loree
  • Sy Bondy as Norman
  • Tony Jones as Curtis Valentine
  • George Richards as Auctioneer
  • Steven Reibel as Bid Spotter
  • Mark Harris as Shriner
  • Daniel L. Tasciotti as Interviewer
  • Sydney Sandnes as Desk Clerk
  • Jodi Lyn Wilson as Hostess (as Jodi Wilson)
  • Gary Snow as Yuppie Father
  • Nancy Duerr as Yuppie Wife
  • Jonathan Dreyer as Yuppie Boy
  • Nelson Oramas as State Trooper
  • Joshua Spencer as Kid #1
  • Kelly Scarberry as Little Girl
  • Tim Hawkins as Banjo Man
  • Harold Bergman as Sy
  • Mary Alvarez as Reporter
  • Jeff Rosenberg as Rich Playboy


The film was not widely distributed and coasted into notability mainly because of Lauper's involvement. It is generally available on VHS for less than a dollar.[citation needed] The film fared far better in other countries where Lauper's popularity has sustained.

In Germany and Japan it was released under the title Moon Over Miami.

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