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Running on Empty (1988)

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

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Arthur Pope
Jonas Abry ...
Harry Pope
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Ed Crowley ...
Mr. Phillips
L.M. Kit Carson ...
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)  »

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Running on Empty  »

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$2,835,116 (USA)
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Trivia

Although River Phoenix learned all the hand motions to the piano pieces his character performs in the movie, the audio was dubbed by a professional pianist. 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

Arthur Pope: [Last Lines] Get the bike out of the back.
[pause]
Arthur Pope: Now, get on it.
Michael: What are you talking about, dad...
Arthur Pope: Get on the bike. You're on your own, kid. I want you to go to Juilliard.
Michael: But, dad, I want to go with you.
Arthur Pope: We'll see you again. You can be sure.
[pause]
Arthur Pope: Your mother has arranged things with your grandfather, alright- call him. And I think you have some friend's around here.
Annie Pope: I love you, baby.
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A great movie
14 January 2003 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

The main reason i actually rented this movie for the first time was because i am a huge fan of the late River Phoenix. And after seeing Running on Empty, i'm an even bigger fan!

In my opinion, River does the best job in this movie. But the other actors, Christine and Judd, are wonderful too. This movie moved me so much! River's performance will really make you think.

See this movie! Do whatever you have to do! Even if you are not a River Phoenix fan, see this movie!

10/10


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