Sidney Lumet fuses the personal with the political in RUNNING ON EMPTY, dramatizing the conflicts in a family on the run from the FBI. Arthur and Annie Pope (Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti) are former student radicals who have been underground for 15 years, moving from town to town with
their two children and changing identities whenever the law begins to catch up. Their son, Danny (River Phoenix), a gifted musician, is ready to graduate from high school and is being encouraged by his music teacher (Ed Crowley) to apply to Julliard. To do so, however, Danny would have to produce
a transcript, which would mean leaving the underground and separating permanently from...