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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?


Some of the newscasters interviewing Gerard are actual newscasters in Chicago. See more »


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[first lines]
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User Reviews

Good acting and directing, constant action and tension. Even after many years this movie still stands
26 December 2004 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

"The Fugitive" is one of those movies that you may already have seen a dozen of times, but which still seems to surprise every time that you watch it. I don't know what it actually is that makes this movie so good, but it sure works. It's probably the combination of a good script, good acting and the abundance of action that's always present, but never exaggerated.

The movie is about a doctor who's wife has been murdered by a one-armed man. He's innocent but is accused of the murder and convicted by court. He will get a lethal injection soon, but as he is transfered to another jail, the bus in which he is transported with some other inmates, crashes. He knows to escape and is determined to find his wife's murderer, but has to try to stay out of the hands of the police. The result is an interesting cat-and-mouse game between him and the police that never allows your attention to fade away.

The story is perhaps not exceptional, but thanks to the good directing and acting and the constant action and tension, this movie really delivers everything that you can expect from it. I give it an 8.5 - 9/10.

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