Poster

Running on Empty ()


Reference View | Change View


The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.

Director:
Writer:
Awards:
  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations.
  • See more »
Reviews:

Photos and Videos

Cast verified as complete

Edit
...
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
Bobo Lewis ...
Home Ec Teacher
Ronnie Gilbert ...
Mrs. Taylor
Leila Danette ...
Maid
...
Spaulding
...
Music Girl
William Foeller ...
Man at Meeting
Carol Cavallo ...
Woman at Meeting
...
Mrs. Powell
Joey Thrower ...
Catcher
...
Reporter
Thomas Fraioli ...
Violinist
Burke Pearson ...
Juilliard Man
...
Juilliard Woman
...
English Teacher
Daniel Dassin ...
Waiter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christian Daugherty ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

Edit
Sidney Lumet

Written by

Edit
Naomi Foner ... (written by)

Produced by

Edit
Griffin Dunne ... producer
Naomi Foner ... executive producer
Burtt Harris ... executive producer
Amy Robinson ... producer

Music by

Edit
Tony Mottola

Cinematography by

Edit
Gerry Fisher

Film Editing by

Edit
Andrew Mondshein

Editorial Department

Edit
Dawn Chiang ... apprentice editor
Dennis McNeill ... color timer
Richard J. Rossi ... assistant editor

Casting By

Edit
Todd Thaler ... (as Todd M. Thaler)

Production Design by

Edit
Philip Rosenberg

Art Direction by

Edit
Robert Guerra

Set Decoration by

Edit
Philip Smith

Costume Design by

Edit
Anna Hill Johnstone

Makeup Department

Edit
Bob Grimaldi ... hair stylist
Toy Van Lierop ... makeup department head

Production Management

Edit
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. ... production manager (as Joseph M. Caracciolo)
Lilith Jacobs ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Edit
Joseph M. Caracciolo ... second assistant director (as Joe Caracciolo)
Burtt Harris ... first assistant director
Andrew Mondshein ... second unit director
Drew Ann Rosenberg ... additional second assistant director
Glen Trotiner ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

Edit
Hank Bauer ... head carpenter
John R. Ford ... props
James V. Gartland ... construction grip
Robert Griffon Jr. ... property master
John Oates Jr. ... set dresser
Kevin Oates ... set dresser
Siv Sandstrom ... art department coordinator
William Sohmer ... stand-by scenic artist
Richard A. Ventre ... master scenic artist
Joan Winters ... graphic designer

Sound Department

Edit
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
Frank Graziadei ... sound recordist
Jane McCulley ... adr editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith ... sound editor
Mark Rathaus ... supervising sound editor
James Sabat ... sound mixer (as James J. Sabat)
Louis Sabat ... sound boom
Ahmad Shirazi ... sound editor

Stunts

Edit
Mick O'Rourke ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

Edit
Dan Brunner ... second assistant camera
Norman Buck ... key grip
Cary Fisher ... camera operator
Kerry Hayes ... still photographer
James Malone ... best boy
James McGrath ... dolly grip
William Ward ... gaffer
Ron Zarilla ... first assistant camera

Casting Department

Edit
Ed Arenas ... casting associate
Judie Fixler ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Edit
Lynette Bernay ... assistant costume designer
Bruce Catt ... wardrobe supervisor
Karen Whittaker ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

Edit
Stephen Danza ... location manager
Liza J. Harris ... location coordinator

Music Department

Edit
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Michael Farrow ... scoring mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Edit
Thomas Reilly ... transportation captain

Other crew

Edit
Emily Appelson ... assistant to producers
Mary Bailey ... script supervisor
Kara Baker ... production assistant
Gar Berke ... piano consultant
Liza J. Harris ... driving double
Deborah D. Johnson ... production accountant
Adrienne Kahn ... production secretary
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
George Wild Markham ... production assistant
Jane Raab ... production office coordinator
Lisa Rhodes ... production assistant
Michael Sporn ... title designer
Tim Williams ... production assistant
Cheryl Hill Powell ... production assistant (uncredited)
Melissa Smith ... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
Del Spiva ... distribution coordinator (uncredited)

Production Companies

Edit

Distributors

Edit

Special Effects

Edit

Other Companies

Edit

Storyline

Edit
Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines 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. See more »
Genres
Parents Guide View content advisory »
Certification

Additional Details

Edit
Also Known As
  • À bout de course (France)
  • Die Flucht ins Ungewisse (Germany)
  • Un lugar en ninguna parte (Spain)
  • Üresjárat (Hungary)
  • Al filo del vacío (Argentina)
  • See more »
Runtime
  • 116 min
Country
Language
Color
Aspect Ratio
Sound Mix
Filming Locations

Box Office

Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Edit
Trivia Director Sidney Lumet writes in his book "Making Movies" about an argument between River Phoenix and writer Naomi Foner. A scene in the movie concerns the character played by Phoenix being interrupted while practicing a classical piano solo. In the script, when he is caught, he breaks into a jazz riff to cover his "embarrassment" at being caught doing something serious. Phoenix fought hard against this, feeling that his character would never be embarrassed about working at the piano. Lumet was so impressed by the point Phoenix made, he shot the scene the way Phoenix wanted it. See more »
Goofs During Danny's Juilliard audition, one of the school's admissions officers stated that he needed to supply them with SAT scores. Juilliard does not, and never has, required applicants to submit standardized test scores. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Moon Over Parador/Eight Men Out/Running on Empty/The Thin Blue Line/Crossing Delancey (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Fire And Rain See more »
Quotes Michael: Now, I have no right in telling this to you. It's dangerous for you and it's dangerous for them, but i'm sorry i just couldn't stop myself. You can do what you want to, you can tell your dad; anything, i don't care. I just needed you to know... I don't know what i'm doing, and i love you.
See more »

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed