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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
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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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$2,835,116 (USA)
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One of only a handful of films to successfully have its MPAA rating changed through the formal appeals process. Originally given an "R" due to more than one use of the "F" word, it was revised to "PG13". Usually, only high-quality films of historic or social import are successfully appealed (e.g., "All the President's Men", "The Front"). 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 »

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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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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