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Release Date: 1988

DVD Release Date: March 30th, 1999

PG-13|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Christine Lahti, River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Martha Plimpton, Jonas Abry, Ed Crowley, L.M. Kit Carson, Steven Hill

Director: Sidney Lumet

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Lorimar Film Entertainment

Keywords: Brother, Growing up, Father, 1980s, Love, Emotional, Pursuit, Son, Family, Mother, Brooding, Love interest


Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture