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Sidney Lumet's drama Running on Empty comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include production notes. This is a by-the-numbers release from Warner Brothers.
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Sidney Lumet's drama Running on Empty comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include production notes. This is a by-the-numbers release from Warner Brothers.
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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Danny is falling in love with Lorna Phillips, the daughter of the local music teacher. As Danny and Lorna walk along the beach, he is incapable of walking next to her. He keeps running ahead, because running is what he has been forced to do his entire life. His family has been underground since his parents' college days when they caused the death of an innocent bystander during the bombing of a college building. The film deals with the very real emotional pain the family experiences when Danny decides he no longer wants to run. Aside from the pressures of living underground, their characters have not had to pay for their crimes in any profound way, until the point when their son will leave them and they possibly may never see him again. While the world chases after the Popes, they draw strength from each other. Danny's leaving will make their lifestyle all the more difficult; there will be one less person they can rely on. Christine Lahti and Judd Hirsch are note-perfect. River Phoenix gives a performance full of appropriately conflicting emotions. It is, along with his work in Dogfight, one of the performances that magnifies what he might have become if not for his untimely death. Sidney Lumet underplays the visuals, allowing the actors the room to be subtle. The family's strength and love goes hand-in-hand with their unrelenting stress. The actors project weariness and love in equal measure, making for an emotionally devastating resolution when Danny finally makes the break. Running on Empty manages to tell a realistic story about ordinary people in an extraordinary situation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1999
  • UPC: 085391184324
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christine Lahti Annie Pope
River Phoenix Danny Pope
Judd Hirsch Arthur Pope
Martha Plimpton Lorna Phillips
Jonas Abry Harry Pope
L.M. Kit Carson Gus Winant
Ed Crowley Mr. Phillips
Steven Hill Mr. Patterson
Augusta Dabney Mrs. Patterson
David Margulies Dr. Jonah Reiff
Sidney Lumet
Lynne Thigpen Contact at Eldridge St.
Marcia Jean Kurtz School Clerk
Sloane Shelton Mrs. Phillips
Justine Johnston Librarian
Herb Lovelle Hospital Clerk
Bobo Lewis Home Ec Teacher
Ronnie Gilbert Mrs. Taylor
Leila Danette Maid
Michael Boatman Spaulding
Jenny Lumet Music Girl
William Foeller Man at Meeting
Carol Cavallo Woman at Meeting
Alice Drummond Mrs. Powell
Joey Thrower Catcher
Donna Hanover Reporter
Thomas Fraioli Violinist
Burke Pearson Julliard Man
Elzbieta Czyzewska Julliard Woman
Angela Pietropinto English Teacher
Daniel Dassin Waiter
Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Griffin Dunne Co-producer
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Naomi Foner Producer, Screenwriter
Robert Guerra Art Director
Burtt Harris Asst. Director, Executive Producer, Producer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Tony Mottola Score Composer
Amy Robinson Co-producer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Toy Russell Makeup
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Phil Smith Set Decoration/Design
Todd Thaler Casting
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Scene Index

Jump to a Scene.
0. Jump to a Scene.
0. Menu Group #1 with 32 chapter(s) covering 01:56:11
1. Credits. [1:48]
2. "We got shoes. Four feds." [6:08]
3. Motel memories. [4:21]
4. New identities. [2:44]
5. Sad family news. [3:25]
6. The "red diaper baby" remembers. [2:02]
7. Music class. [3:52]
8. Impromptu recital. [5:02]
9. Phillips' house. [2:33]
10. Meeting Lorna. [2:55]
11. "We'll find you a piano." [2:14]
12. The concert. [3:17]
13. Avoiding confrontation. [2:47]
14. Gus and Annie. [2:10]
15. Not what we're about. [2:45]
16. Living a lie. [5:49]
17. Walking with Lorna. [4:52]
18. Annie's birthday. [6:23]
19. (Fire and Rain). [2:06]
20. Holding back. [1:56]
21. Application to Julliard. [7:40]
22. Shared secret. [4:36]
23. The audition. [1:54]
24. A glimpse of family. [3:51]
25. Questions-and a startling answer. [2:15]
26. Mother/son duet. [4:36]
27. Let him go. [7:09]
28. Father/daughter duet. [3:24]
29. Cover your tracks. [2:33]
30. Danny speaks up. [4:02]
31. Make a difference (Fire and Rain). [2:52]
32. End Credits. [1:58]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    hey i remember this movie

    i always loved River Phoniex there was The Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon Little Naktia Stand By Me and ofcourse Running On Empty a drama but a wonderful movie came out in 88 one of those good years the 1980's a classic i love RP River Phonix!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    I have nothing else to say except this is a great movie.

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