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Running on Empty (1988)

River Phoenix as "Danny Pope/Michael Manfield"

Arthur Pope (Judd Hirsch) and his wife, Annie (Christine Lahti), are fugitives, perpetually on the run from federal authorities due to their antiwar activity during the 1960s. The couple moves around the country with their two sons -- young Harry (Jonas Abry) and his older teenage brother, Danny (River Phoenix). On the verge of adulthood, Danny longs to set out on his own and live a more stable life, but he knows this could mean permanent separation from his family.

Academy Award (1988) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1988) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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