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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Annie Pope
... Danny Pope
... Arthur Pope
Jonas Abry ... Harry Pope
... Lorna Phillips
Ed Crowley ... Mr. Phillips
... Gus Winant
... Donald Patterson
Augusta Dabney ... Abigail Patterson
... Dr. Jonah Reiff
... Contact at Eldridge St.
... School Clerk
Sloane Shelton ... Mrs. Phillips
Justine Johnston ... Librarian
... 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 USA:

$2,835,116
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Trivia

The film was No. 10 on Roger Ebert's list of the Best Films of 1988. See more »

Goofs

When Arthur returns home drunk one night, he stumbles backwards, falls and shatters the living room table. A short while later he is shown sitting next to the intact table when Danny comes home from being with Lorna. See more »

Quotes

Annie Pope: What are we doing to these kids? They've been running their whole lives like criminals, and they didnt do anything!
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Connections

Featured in American Masters: By Sidney Lumet (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday To You
Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill
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Doesn't make the mistake of glorifying crime
19 January 2003 | by 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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