Running on Empty
Running on Empty (1988)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 7, 1988
DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the Lumet film I like best.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Wraps around your heart and squeezes.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

One of the most poignant and edifying films made in the 1980s about the blessings and burdens of family life.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Clint Morris

A tour-de-force in acting. Phoenix is a revelation!

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Annie Pope: What are we doing to these kids? They've been running their whole lives like criminals, and they didnt do anything!  "They chose their… More
Lady D'arbanville
An interesting storyline, but one that perhaps lacks in excitement. Enjoyable performances by both River Phoenix and Christine Lahti. Conventional versus… More
Spencer S.
The moody, brilliant, and exceptionally mature River Phoenix shows us yet again why he was the in the forefront of our minds to become a classic actor.
Candy Rose
Movie about a family on the run from the police. It makes me cry. It also has one of my favourite songs - Fire and Rain (James Taylor)
Conner Rainwater
I really like this movie a lot. Sure, it's mostly because of River Phoenix and his extremely deep performance, but it's really a different type of… More
Dean McKenna
Extremely well-made drama film looks at a fugitive family that has been on the lam from the FBI for years.