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at Rio's Attic:

Running on Empty

Sidney Lumet

Danny Pope

Arthur Pope

Annie Pope

Ed Crowley

Mr Phillips

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix

Running on Empty

I'm a liar.

My name isn't Michael. It's Danny. My parents are Arthur and Annie Pope. They're in trouble with the FBI for blowing up a napalm laboratory in 1971. There was a man who was almost killed - a janitor who wasn't supposed to be there.

We put "Sam" on the birthday cakes - on all the birthday cakes because we change our names every time we move.

I've been doing this since I was two. I don't know any other way. I just wanted to tell you that I was sorry. I wanted to explain why I can't talk about a lot of things, like college. I can't go to college, I can't leave them. And I wanted to tell you, why I couldn't be with you - not without you knowing, I didn't want to lie to you.

Now, I have no right in telling this to you. It's dangerous for you and it's dangerous for them. I'm sorry, I just couldn't stop myself. You can do what you want to. You can tell your dad anything - I don't care.

I just needed you to know.... I don't know what I'm doing.

And I love you.

River Phoenix as Danny Pope in Sidney Lumet's Running On Empty.

Running on Empty

We'll have to find an instrument for you.

An instrument?

Everybody who takes music is required to play in the orchestra.

Well, do you play something?


Play something.

"Pathétique" Sonata
Op. 13 - II. Adagio cantabile

By Ludwig Van Beethoven
Performed by River Phoenix

Well, there's one thing you don't have to do.... and that's play in the orchestra.

Ed Crowley as Mr Phillips and River Phoenix as Danny Pope in Sidney Lumet's Running On Empty.

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