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Running on Empty (1988)Running on Empty (1988)

Running on Empty (1988)

A provocative feature about a family on the run

Crime, Drama, Music, Romance

7.6

movie

United States, United States of America

English

Action-packed, Character-driven, Intense

1988

Sidney Lumet

Alice Drummond, Angela Pietropinto, Augusta Dabney

116 min

Synopsis

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.

Our Take

7.6
Oppie A

Running on Empty is a movie that covers many timely themes including capitalism, education, and social class. It tells the story of a family who have to go on the run and hide their true identity for the rest of their lives. Director Sidney Lumet’s light touch on heavy topics gives the movie a tender and intimate atmosphere throughout. Aside from the great script, River Phoenix’s performance is definitely one of the biggest highlights of this movie, where he successfully delivers a restrained yet fascinating performance. Christine Lahti and Judd Hirsch also give a top-notch performance that adds to the movie’s thrill. In short, Running on Empty is the kind of movie that shows there is courage in running away when it’s the right thing to do.

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