Running on Empty

1988

Crime / Drama / Music / Romance

43
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 13,758

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Christine Lahti as Annie Pope
Judd Hirsch as Arthur Pope
Martha Plimpton as Lorna Phillips
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gsprods 10 / 10 / 10

River Phoenix at his best.

The best reason to watch this film is of course the performance by River Phoenix, which now that he's dead, we will never know if he could have topped this. He was one of the youngest actors ever nominated for an Oscar. Another reason to watch the film is Christine Lahti from Chicago Hope who gives her best screen performance here. She won the Los Angeles Film Critic's award for Best Actress of 1988 and received a Golden Globe nomination but unfortunately she must have just missed when they announced who the five finalists were for the Oscar. She has two scenes in this film where she just tore my heart out, including one with Steven Hill from Law And Order who plays her father. The movie did get an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and made many top ten lists, including Roger Ebert's. Although it wasn't a box office hit, I believe it will be remembered as one of Director Sidney Lumet's best films and certainly the best one to watch if you want to remember why the talented actor River Phoenix's death was so tragic.

Reviewed by P00H-7 10 / 10 / 10

So underrated

When I was 16, I used to hang out with a tough crowd and my best friend at the time was a real trouble maker, we would always get into fights with other guys our age and sometimes men, and he was a really tough kid, anyway one night he calls me and tells me that he watched the saddest movie he had ever seen, he said it was the first time he actually cried since he saw E.T. I was laughing at him continuously, until I watched it and got so profoundly effected by it that even thinking about that last scene makes my eyes water. I really feel that this film was a major catalyst for many changes I made during my progression from teenager to young adult. Running on Empty is quite an achievement in filmmaking, it is as real a film as you could watch and everyone involved should be absolutely proud of it. River Phoenix will forever be missed.

Reviewed by blanche-2 10 / 10 / 10

a heartbreaking and wonderful film

This is a beautifully told story. Like one of the posters stated, it seems crazy to reiterate what everyone else has said. This film appealed to me because it concerns the protests that went on in my college days. For me, it's a story about how the choices one makes can change your life, haunt you forever, and affect those you love. The best scene in the movie, as far as I'm concerned, was between Christine Lahti and Steven Hill, who plays her father. Steven Hill has always been a favorite of mine, and in this film, he is magnificent as he comes face to face with a daughter he hasn't seen in years - and to boot, the last time she saw him, she insulted him. The scene is powerful, but what happens when Lahti leaves the restaurant is unexpected and will break your heart. It's unforgettable. There aren't any easy answers in life, and this movie won't leave you with an easy feeling. But you'll be glad you saw it.

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