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Dugan
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Tener
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Horvath
David Arnott ...
Bank Teller
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Charlie
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Tucker
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On his first day after being released from jail for 14 armed bank robberies, Lucas finds himself caught up in someone else's robbery. Perry has decided to hold up the local bank to raise money so that he can keep his daughter, Meg, and get her the treatment she needs. Dugan, a detective, assumes Lucas helped plan the robbery, and hence Lucas, Perry and Meg become three fugitives. Written by Rob Hartill

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They rob banks. She steals hearts.

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27 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los tres fugitivos  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,590,000 (USA)
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Martin Short's character was previously played by Pierre Richard, who also appeared in La Chevre (1981). Short once again played his role in the American remake, Pure Luck (1991). See more »

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As Lucas opens the building door to visit Meg, he is carrying the stuffed monkey by the back leg. The view switches to the hall, showing him come through the door carrying the monkey by the neck. See more »

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Meg Perry: [speaks for the first time] Don't go.
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Referenced in Francis Veber artisan du rire: La saga Pignon (2001) See more »

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Visiting the Zoo
Written by John Easdale
Performed by Dramarama
Courtesy of Questionmark Records
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Truly, truly underrated.
14 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Watching Three Fugitives is like traveling back in time to a bygone era, when there was no Internet, only four TV channels and John Major was prime minister. But hey, it wasn't all bad... We got films like this, where the focus is purely on the relationship between a grumpy, fresh out of jail bank thief portrayed by Nick Nolte, a mute six year old girl and her well-meaning but accident prone father, played by Martin Short.

Caught up in a heist-gone-wrong with a case of mistaken identity thrown into the bargain, the trio (as the title suggests) go on the lam together. Ever cop in the district is looking for them, Short is a walking disaster area, the kid wanders off at every given opportunity and Nolte just wants to ditch the other two and go straight. Easier said then done, when Short lands them in non-stop trouble, and Nolte begins to form a connection with the little girl...

It's not a laugh-a-minute split-your-sides experience, but what it IS is a perfect fusion of pathos, understated action and amusing character moments. It's easy to predict the hate-love arc of the Nolte/Short friendship, and some of the punchline are visible from miles off. But frankly, I didn't care.

All the cast play their roles so well, they transform what could have a humdrum script into something quite special. Of course, it also helps to have one of the cutest screen children around as their co-star. Makes their ongoing struggle more believable when we sees what's at stake, ya see? One to watch every few years from now on, I think. I'll never get tired of it, that's for sure. 8/10


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