Run, Simon, Run
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Written byLionel E. Siegel
Directed byGeorge McCowan
StarringBurt Reynolds
Inger Stevens
Royal Dano
Music byThe Orphanage
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerAaron Spelling
CinematographyArch R. Dalzell
EditorArt Seid
Running time74 minutes
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseDecember 1, 1970 (1970-12-01)

Run, Simon, Run (also known as The Tradition of Simon Zuniga)[1] is a 1970 American made-for-television thriller film from Aaron Spelling starring Burt Reynolds.[2]

It featured the last performance of Inger Stevens.[3]


Simon Zuniga, a Papago man, is struck by Carroll Rennard's car while he is running down the road after being released from prison. She drives him to the reservation, where she also works. There as he sleeps on his brother's grave, he dreams about the night that his brother was shot by Henry Burroughs and how Henry framed him for the murder.
Simon is informed that he is to take over as head of the tribal council. When girls are brought out at a public event to perform a "Dance of the 20 Virgins", Simon leads a protest by standing and covering his eyes, causing the girls to leave in embarrassment.
Simon later overhears Santana mention Burroughs and learns that Henry is still alive. Now free and stronger than ever, Simon seeks revenge on Henry by breaking into his old home but only finds new renters. He is arrested and Carroll pays his bail. She drives him to Tucson and hires Cesar Rosetti, a private detective.
Simon and Carroll become romantically involved and she holds a party for him to meet her friends. They ask him to do a rain dance but he says that he doesn't need rain. Carroll confesses to a friend that she is pregnant with Simon's child.
Rosetti tells Simon that Burroughs moved around from Albuquerque to Phoenix but is now living under the name Henry Bagley and is currently fishing nearby. Simon finds the house then waits until dark and sneaks inside. He ties up Henry and carries him outside then waits for sunrise. He cuts Henry loose and says that he will kill Henry with the dagger he places in the ground. Henry grabs the knife first and after a battle Simon gets the knife and stabs Henry in the stomach but is then shot by the other men from the house. Carroll makes her way to a road and convinces a bus reserved for the tribe to take her back to the reservation with them.



Reynolds starring role in Run, Simon, Run followed another TV movie, Hunters Are for Killing (1970).

It was shot in Tucson in February and March 1970.[citation needed]


It was the fifth highest-rated program of the week.[4]


  1. ^ "TV film a feather for burt's bonnet". Los Angeles Times. Mar 12, 1970. ProQuest 156392297.
  2. ^ "Holding hands with a TV ghost". Los Angeles Times. Aug 27, 1970. ProQuest 156563247.
  3. ^ "Speeded-up films favored by perkins". Los Angeles Times. Jun 25, 1970. ProQuest 156536847.
  4. ^ "5 specials on nielsen list". Los Angeles Times. Dec 18, 1970. ProQuest 156625092.