Running on Empty (1988)

PG-13   |    |  Crime, Drama, Music


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The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.

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  • River Phoenix and Judd Hirsch in Running on Empty (1988)
  • River Phoenix and Christine Lahti in Running on Empty (1988)
  • Christine Lahti in Running on Empty (1988)
  • River Phoenix and Sidney Lumet in Running on Empty (1988)
  • River Phoenix in Running on Empty (1988)
  • Steven Hill in Running on Empty (1988)

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4 January 2000 | gsprods
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| 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.

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