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In this family drama from director Sidney Lumet, Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti play Arthur and Annie Pope, a pair of '60s radicals who have eluded the FBI for 16 years after bombing a napalm laboratory as a Vietnam War protest. This lifestyle involves continually moving their base of operations and establishing new identities, which is especially hard on their children, 18-year-old Danny (River Phoenix) and 10-year-old Harry (Jonas Abry), who can never amass a group of friends or an academic record. This last problem comes to the fore when they arrive in a New Jersey town where the high… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's the Lumet film I like best."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A touching, forgotten drama about a family of radicals still running from the consequences of their actions. River Phoenix, Lahti and Hirsch all are wonderful. A must-see."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Wraps around your heart and squeezes."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"One of the most poignant and edifying films made in the 1980s about the blessings and burdens of family life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"River Phoenix gives an Oscar nominated performance as the teenage son of radical parents in Sidney Lumet's interesting but not entirely satisfying politicial melodrama."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A tour-de-force in acting. Phoenix is a revelation!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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