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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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Cast

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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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9 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Flucht ins Ungewisse  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,835,116 (USA)
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Trivia

Paul Manfield was born on October 18, 1947. See more »

Goofs

As they stop at a gas station on the run from authorities, one of the characters is shown removing a Delaware license plate from the front of the gray van. Delaware has never issued nor required front-mounted plates. See more »

Quotes

Abigail Patterson: What's this about a pizza?
Michael: Well, you ordered one.
Abigail Patterson: I didn't. Well, will you have to pay for it?
Michael: Oh no... I'll have to eat it.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1992 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday To You
Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill
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So underrated
24 January 2002 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

When I was 16, I used to hang out with a tough crowd and my best friend at the time was a real trouble maker, we would always get into fights with other guys our age and sometimes men, and he was a really tough kid, anyway one night he calls me and tells me that he watched the saddest movie he had ever seen, he said it was the first time he actually cried since he saw E.T. I was laughing at him continuously, until I watched it and got so profoundly effected by it that even thinking about that last scene makes my eyes water. I really feel that this film was a major catalyst for many changes I made during my progression from teenager to young adult.

Running on Empty is quite an achievement in filmmaking, it is as real a film as you could watch and everyone involved should be absolutely proud of it. River Phoenix will forever be missed.


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