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Three Fugitives (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  27 January 1989 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Sarah Rowland Doroff ...
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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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Woman Cop
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Tucker
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Dog Handler
Bill Cross ...
Guard at Prison
Stanley Brock ...
Release Sergeant
John Procaccino ...
Highway Patrolman
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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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Action | Comedy

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27 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los tres fugitivos  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$40,590,000 (USA)
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Based on the 1986 French film with Gerard Depardieu. See more »

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When Lucas gets off the ferry and sees Dugan from around 100 yards away while heading towards him, you can see two young men going by when the camera pans on Dugan, but as as Lucas approaches and gets really close up to Dugan, you can see those same two men going by. By now, they should have been some way away and not in the shot. See more »

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[When Ned is taken hostage at a bank]
Lucas: Maybe I better stay with you guys a little longer.
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References The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) See more »

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Living in the City
Written and Performed by Gary Mallaber and Glenn Sherba
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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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