RUNNING ON EMPTY

Showings

THEATER 1 Sat, Aug 10 3:00 PM
THEATER 1 Wed, Aug 14 6:00 PM
Film Info
Runtime:116
Release Year:1988
Rating:PG-13
Genre:Drama
Romance
Crime
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sidney Lumet
Cast:Christine Lahti
River Phoenix
Judd Hirsch
Jonas Abry
Martha Plimpton
Screenwriter:Naomi Foner

Description

In this singular and earnest portrait of family, Arthur (Judd Hirsch) and his wife Annie (Christine Lahti) are fugitives. Over a decade prior, they were responsible for anti-war protest bombing of a napalm laboratory that accidentally critically injured a janitor. Now, along with their two sonsyoung Harry and his teenage brother Danny (River Phoenix in an achingly sensitive performance that earned him an Academy Award nomination)they are perpetually on the move, dropping identities and jobs when they’ve been identified. As Danny’s burgeoning love life with a fellow classmate (an excellently grounded Martha Plimpton), and aspirations as a musician begin to complicate their volatile lifestyle, the “unit” must decide if they can keep running. With an ending that will tear you to shreds, this exceptionally compassionate story explores the question that attracted Lumet to the original, Academy Award nominated screenplay: who pays for the passion of the parents?