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Running on Empty (1988)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Music | 9 September 1988 (USA)
The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.

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Jonas Abry ...
Harry Pope
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Ed Crowley ...
Mr. Phillips
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Gus Winant
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Donald Patterson
Augusta Dabney ...
Abigail Patterson
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Dr. Jonah Reiff
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Contact at Eldridge St.
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School Clerk
Sloane Shelton ...
Mrs. Phillips
Justine Johnston ...
Librarian
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Hospital Clerk
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Storyline

The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been on the run with the authorities never far behind. Today, their eldest son wants a life of his own although he is aware that would mean that his parents would either get caught or he will never see them again. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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In 1971, Arthur and Annie Pope blew up a napalm lab to protest the war... Ever since then they have been on the run from the FBI. They chose their lives. Now their son must choose his.

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Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

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9 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Flucht ins Ungewisse  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,835,116 (USA)
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Trivia

Judd Hirsch who plays Alan Pope, played a similar character, also named Alan in Numb3rs: Protest (2006) who had protested the Vietnam war in 1971. Although he was not accused of any bombings, the FBI had a case file on him because he protested the war in Vietnam. In that television series he also plays the father of two sons, but instead of being on the run from the FBI, his character's son is an FBI agent. See more »

Goofs

In the sequence when Danny discovers the Fed's cars following him and he sends the dog with his shoe to get his brother Harry, a person's left arm can be seen in the open door of the porch and it quickly moves back behind the door. Possibly the dog's handler; it doesn't seem to be Harry waiting to come out since he would have had his props in hand and the arm's height and size gives the impression of a person larger than Harry. See more »

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Lorna: You're certifiable. You're welcome!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1988 (1988) See more »

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Fire And Rain
Written by James Taylor
Performed by James Taylor
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Doesn't make the mistake of glorifying crime
19 January 2003 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie. Definitely one of the 5 best I've seen in recent memory. Someone that wrote a review here felt that the two parents are placed upon a pedestal by the film makers, but I don't think this is the case at all. They are accountable for their actions and know what they did was wrong. They have to pay for their actions throughout their lives and will likely turn themselves in as soon as they can be assured that their kids will be safe. The kids are the ones I feel sorry for, not the parents.

I think the main point of the movie is to make people aware of how the actions/decisions they make can hurt other people, including themselves. People often make rash decisions without thinking about the long term consequences their actions cause for themselves and other people.


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