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Lost in America

Running on Empty

River Phoenix is superb in Sidney Lumet's drama about a family on the run.

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USA 1988
Dir Sidney Lumet
With River Phoenix, Christine Lahti, Martha Plimpton, Judd Hirsch
116min
35mm
Certificate 15

The distance travelled between 60s idealism and Reagan’s America of the 80s are at the heart of Lumet’s poignant drama. River Phoenix is outstanding as Danny, the eldest son of Arthur and Annie Pope (Hirsch and Lahti), 60s political radicals-turned-fugitives from the FBI. Danny yearns to carve his own path, but, thanks to his parents’ past, he’s condemned to a life on the run.


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