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
Richard Kimble was played by David Janssen in the original TV series The Fugitive (1963). His mother, Berniece Janssen, is an extra in the courtroom scene. You can spot her behind Harrison Ford's head while they play the 911 call and when he is declared guilty. She is whispering with another woman. See more »
When Kimball crawls out from under the bridge after being chased by the derailed locomotive 536, the 536 has no traction motors on its wheels. Without traction motors a locomotive cannot move on its own, let alone pull a train. Obliviously the derailing train was being pushed from the rear end. See more »
In the opening credits, the lead actors' first names are shown in large letters, then flip over to separately show their last names. "Harrison" flips over to become "Ford", "Tommy Lee" flips over to becomes "Jones". See more »
This excellent film details the adventure of a man's search for his wife's killer and to clear himself of her murder. Harrison Ford is the hero and wanted man and on the run to escape capture by a determined U.S. Marshal in one thrilling scene after another. A spectacular train wreck with a bus of prison-bound felons gets the action underway at which point Tommy Lee Jones enters the picture and takes over the film by sheer force of personality and doesn't let go. Harrison, a resourceful type, stays just ahead of Jones in this taut cat-and-mouse thriller and adroitly leaves just enough clues for the police as he closes in on the killer. Ford and Jones are well matched here in one of the best urban crime mysteries ever filmed. Cast and Chicago locations add realism to a great story.
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