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The Fugitive (1947)

Approved | | Drama, History | 3 November 1947 (USA)
Anti--Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest.

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, (uncredited)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast

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An Indian Woman (as Dolores Del Rio)
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A Lieutenant of Police (as Pedro Armendariz)
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A Police Informer
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A Chief of Police
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El Gringo
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A Sergeant of Police
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A Refugee Doctor
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The Governor's Cousin
Chris-Pin Martin ...
An Organ-Grinder (as Cris-Pin Martin)
Miguel Inclán ...
A Hostage (as Miguel Inclan)
Fernando Fernández ...
A Singer (as Fernando Fernandez)
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Storyline

Based of the Graham Greene novel about a revolutionary priest in Central America. A priest who is The Fugitive is trying to getaway from the authorities who have denounced Christianity and want anyone linked to it dead. The Fugitive finds shelter with an Indian Woman (The Woman), a faithful parishioner, who gives the priest directions to Puerto Grande, where he could then board a ship and sail to freedom in America. On his journey to Puerto Grande, he meets up with a man who says he will protect him. In reality, he is the Police Informer and once The Fugitive realizes this, he is back on the run, but the Police Informer is never far behind along with the authorities. Written by Kelly

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Peril-Laden adventure ... of a man's desperate plight !

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Drama | History

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3 November 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Labyrinthine Ways  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening narration is by Ward Bond, who also plays an important role in the film. See more »

Quotes

A Police Informer: [to the priest] He's dying, Father. He wants you to come. You cannot refuse a man who is dying, Father. He has so much to confess.
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Connections

Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
("The Dying Cowboy") (uncredited)
American folk ballad based on an older sea song (1932)
Variation heard as theme for the Gringo (Ward Bond)
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a bit underrated
31 October 2000 | by (North Thailand) – See all my reviews

"The Fugitive" was considered by Ford to be one of his best; most critics, including many Ford afficionados, disagree. While I wouldn't rank it up there with his best either, I think the film (like Ford's final film "Seven Women") has gotten an undeserved bad rap. Sure, the religious iconography gets way out of hand at times and the pace is a bit wobbly but there's much to offset the film's shortcomings. Most obviously - and no one will deny this - it is a beautiful film to look at. It is one of the great photographic achievements in cinema history. The moody expressionism that finally got somewhat oppressive and dull in Ford's "The Informer" is here counterbalanced by exquisite outdoor scenery of the Mexican countryside where "The Fugitive" was shot. The film also features an odd, mopey performance from Henry Fonda that works quite well within the context of the story. Although in the end it's a bit simplistic it does have an undeniable poetry in it that is in the league of the director's finest work.


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