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The Fugitive (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  6 August 1993 (USA)
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Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Charles Nichols (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Joseph F. Kosala ...
Detective Rosetti (as Joseph Kosala)
Miguel Nino ...
Chicago Cop #1
John Drummond ...
Tony Fosco ...
Chicago Cop #2


A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble makes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. Written by John Wiggins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A murdered wife. A one-armed man. An obsessed detective. The chase begins.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a murder and other action sequences in an adventure setting | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fugitivo  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£8,123,499 (UK) (15 October 1993)


£13,883,238 (UK) (10 December 1993)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After the train wreck, the local sheriff is upset after Deputy U.S. Marshal Gerard assumes command of the investigation. He tells the assembled crowd that "Wyatt Earp" is taking over. The character of Sheriff Rawlins is played by Nick Searcy who later played Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen on the television series Justified. See more »


Kimble dyes his hair black in one scene and then in another scene his hair is the same old color from the beginning of the movie. However, it's entirely possible (even likely) that Richard purchased the kind of temporary dye that washes out within a few weeks. Since the scenes take place over the course of several months, it's not at all unlikely that the scene in which Richard's hair is again its natural color occurs a few weeks after the last scene in which he has black hair. See more »


[first lines]
Detective Kelly: Come on Doc.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the end credits, there is a scene showing fireworks going off over the Chicago skyline. See more »


The Thrill Is Gone
Written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell
Performed by B.B. King and Bobby Bland
Courtesy of MCA Records
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User Reviews

Pure action and Tommy Lee Jones make this an unforgettable masterpiece
2 July 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Arnold and Sly are great action heroes. Their characters are always larger than life. Rambo and Rocky are household names and The Terminator and films like Commando are great partly because of Arnold's physical presence. But as good as they are, I don't think they can hold a candle to Harrison Ford. Sure he is in great shape, but have you ever seen an actor take average guys and make them so real that you want to know them? Take your pick, Han Solo, Indy and even his character in Six Days and Seven Nights was an adventurer. Add Richard Kimble to that list. As Kimble, Ford is perfect. He is the wronged man that has to avenge his wife's death and clear his name at the same time. He is so great in this film and I'm sure that's why so many people went to see this film at first. But I think what kept them coming back was Tommy Lee Jones. We'll get to him in a minute.

Andrew Davis proved here that he is one of the best action directors in the business today. Along with Under Siege, he showed us that he is an efficient artist that knows how to keep the action flowing. He never seems to let up with his relentless pursuit of the perfect scene. But since the film did so well and everyone pretty much knows what it is about, let's talk about the true strength of the film, and that would be Tommy Lee Jones.

" I don't bargain." " Well that's odd!"

His portrayal of Samuel Girard is an exercise in how to make the audience relate and understand a character. He starts off as a manic perfectionist. He is obsessed with capturing Kimble and that is all that matters. But as the film proceeds, you can sense his unease, his wonder and his ethos. You can tell by a simple expression that he is beginning to solve a crime and not just chase a criminal. And the turning point to me was his simple scene where he says " You know Devlin and McGregor made 4 and one half billion dollars last year? That company's a monster. " It is all in his face. He knows that Ford is innocent but he still has a job to do. It is Jones that makes this film so much fun. And I didn't think that there would be a more worthy recipient of best supporting actor in '93 than Kilmer in Tombstone, but Jones' work here was well deserving of his Oscar.

The Fugitive belongs on every top 100 list and if the AFI wasn't so enthralled with older movies, they would see that films like this are more worthy than some of the mediocrity that graces their findings. This is an incredible film.

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