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Running on Empty

Running on Empty
Running on Empty
Running on Empty
  • PG-13
  • 1h 53m
  • 1988
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The '60s are past, and the Vietnam War they struggled against is long over, but the Popes have been on the run from the FBI for fifteen years--choosing to live as family of fugitives rather than be separated. Now 17-year-old musical prodigy Danny Pope must decide whether to accept a scholarship to Julliard or deny his talent to remain with his family... as his mother did for him.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Running on Empty largely skims past its political themes, but River Phoenix's performance helps anchor the story's generational conflict.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Wraps around your heart and squeezes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie features an emotionally intense theme -- two boys facing the loss of their parents at any time -- that may be unsuitable for younger or more sensitive kids. Other than that, there's one isolated outburst of profanity and a teenager crawls through a window into his girlfriend's room at night (only to talk).

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 9, 1988
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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