Running On Empty

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


One of the most emotionally heartfelt films of the decade, this excellent drama never succumbs to manipulation to rope you in.  and  play a married couple who have been on the run for over a decade after a politically-motivated factory bombing resulted in the loss of innocent lives. Raising their sons on the lam, they constantly change cities, homes and names in an effort to stay ahead of the law and not have to go to prison and break up their family. When their older son () starts to show signs that he’s ready to enter the world as a man, they have to decide whether they’re willing to let him go or not. Marvelous dialogue thanks to Naomi Foner’s first-class script brings these very real characters to life, and the acting couldn’t be better. Phoenix is so vulnerably moving, and Lahti is an absolute revelation; her scene in the restaurant with her father is unforgettable.   co-stars as yet another rebellious teenager, this time befriending Phoenix and helping lead him towards his independence.


Double Play, Lorimar Film Entertainment

USA, 1988

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (River Phoenix as “Danny Pope”)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Naomi Foner)

Golden Globe Award
Best Screenplay (Naomi Foner)

Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Christine Lahti)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (River Phoenix)
Best Director (Sidney Lumet)

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