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Pure Genius

Author: Alyssa Black (Aly200) from United States
25 July 2012

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Harrison Ford takes on the role of Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble in this 1993 film based on the popular 1960s series. Kimble is accused and convicted of the brutal murder of his wife Helen (Sela Ward)and is to be taken to the death house when the bus he is on is wrecked by a train. Now on the run as a fugitive, he is pursued by the obsessed Deputy US Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones in an Oscar-winning role). This film is one of my many favorites for the film's elements of action, pursuit and the sheer brilliance of Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones as each man faces off to discover the truth and Jones' hunt for Ford throughout the streets of Chicago. Fans of action/adventure films should definitely check out this classic and masterful thriller.

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An Action Movie Of The Highest Calibre

Author: seymourblack-1 from United Kingdom
16 December 2011

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This exhilarating action thriller is full of plot twists, suspense and excitement from start to finish but what distinguishes it from other movies of the same genre is its two main characters who are both good guys who, through extraordinary circumstances, become adversaries. Both men are very smart and incredibly determined and it's their efforts to outwit each other that grips the audience so strongly and creates a dual which is riveting to watch.

The story of a man who's unjustly accused of a crime he didn't commit and then has to go in search of the real culprit to prove his innocence (whilst also being pursued by the police) is, of course, a set up for the classic double chase plot which inevitably puts the accused in numerous dangerous situations and under constant pressure because of the ever present threat of capture.

In "The Fugitive" Dr Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), is a Chicago surgeon who's sentenced to death for the brutal murder of his wife. Whilst he and some other prisoners are being transported by bus to the Illinois State Penitentiary, an attempted escape by one of the other prisoners leads to the driver losing control of the vehicle and swerving off the road and into the path of an on-coming train. The resulting collision provides Kimble with the opportunity to make a run for it. After making his escape, this man who has nothing to lose decides to track down the one-armed man who he knows was his wife's real murderer.

Deputy U.S. Marshall Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), is the man whose job it is to hunt down the escaped convicts and after the bus crash, he quickly arrives on the scene and takes charge of the situation. His dogged pursuit of Kimble is relentless but surprisingly as the chase goes on, what he discovers leads him to suspect that his prey may not be guilty and what he learns about Kimble inspires a certain amount of respect although this never, even for a second, deters him from his single-minded commitment to carrying out his task to its conclusion.

"The Fugitive" is skilfully directed by Andrew Davis and the pace of the action is absolutely breathtaking. The sequence early on in the film during which the audience sees the events that led to Kimble's arrest is a marvellous example of this and the momentum is then maintained as there are numerous situations where Kimble has narrow escapes from being caught and the consistent level of tension just seems to escalate as Gerard is regularly only one step behind his quarry.

The action set pieces are all brilliantly staged but the bus / train crash is easily the most impressive with further excitement being added when Kimble makes his incredible last minute leap to escape from danger. The screenplay is also excellent and includes some enjoyable moments of humour which provide an effective counterpoint to the suspense which features strongly throughout.

Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones are thoroughly convincing in their roles and show so much more of what they're thinking and feeling by their expressions and body language than they do through what they say. Ford's fear and the strain he's under, is constantly evident in his face and Jones, whose character is a consummate professional who's adopted a persona which works well for him in the context of his job, subtly shows that below his aggressive surface resides a rather warmer and more understanding man.

It's easy to see why this movie was such a box office success as it scores highly on every level and combines visceral excitement so perfectly with intelligence and humour.

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Is it just me...

Author: Johnny Hollywood ( from Sydney, Australia
3 December 2011

…Or are all American thrillers basically the same movie, just slightly altered and repackaged each time? Okay, I know at heart that there are some obvious details in each film that make it different to ones before it, but I can't be the only one who's thought that, by simply pulling a bunch of dangerous-sounding buzz words out of the air (words like 'prosecution', 'corruption', 'mistaken identity' and 'manhunt') I could form the foundation of the next big action thriller. So why, then, is Andrew Davis' The Fugitive, a film that contains all these base ingredients and more, so much fun to watch? Short answer: a solid story, good acting and a cast of characters that fit into their respective roles like a favourite pair of pyjamas. Long answer: by all means, read on.

Harrison Ford is Dr. Richard Kimble, a respected man sentenced to prison for murdering his wife, despite being adamant that it was not him, but a mysterious one-armed man, who committed the crime. On the bus ride to the big house, the other prisoners stage a daring escape, allowing Kimble to flee and begin a life of anonymity whilst seeking out the real killer. That is, until he crosses paths with Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), a hard-nosed US Marshal who cares not for Kimble's excuses, and whose only concern is restoring the status quo.

Excluding the excellent Indiana Jones trilogy (notice I've left out the fourth instalment, which I refuse to mention by name), Ford has made this genre his forte, making him a natural fit for the desperate, determined Kimble. Jones earns the Best Supporting Actor Oscar by playing the typical Jones role to great effect: a no-nonsense tough guy with a sideswiping sense of humour. And Joe Pantoliano, best known as Ralph Cifaretto (or Cypher, if you're no Sopranos fan) makes under-appreciated contributions as Gerard's right-hand man.

Suspense is on high supply throughout. My personal favourite is Kimble's attempt to hide in plain sight at the hospital, a tense and dramatic set piece that sets a paranoid tone for the rest of the film. But there is a plethora of energetic, 'edge-of-your-seat' moments to satisfy film connoisseurs and action junkies alike, including the sewer chase, the St. Patrick's Day parade and the rooftop climax, all of which comply with the conventions of an action thriller nicely against the backdrop of a bleak, but not quite noir, Chicago CBD.

Speaking of conventions, it's clear that Davis has made a tight pace the top priority in The Fugitive, as the entire film is determined to remove any and all obstacles that would otherwise slow the movie down. Character development is restricted mainly to Ford's character, but is sprinkled in just enough to keep the rest of the cast from looking like cardboard cut-outs. But most pleasing was the omission of a romantic subplot. At different times during production, both Julianne Moore and Jane Lynch were scripted as Kimble's love interest. Despite the obvious pitfalls this would create from a logical perspective (considering Kimble spends the whole movie trying to avenge his beloved wife), it also sounds like the director has dodged a minefield of clichés by avoiding the beaten path; something I am very grateful for.

Admittedly, the film becomes a little convoluted in the third act. Depending on how much you've enjoyed The Fugitive, this alone might be enough to warrant a second viewing, but otherwise it's nothing that a quick trip to the IMDb won't fix. If you're looking for a theme to take away, I suppose the movie could act as an exposition of human nature in desperate times. However, I doubt that was on the agenda during filming, and so the film should instead be enjoyed as was intended: an absorbing, high-drama roller-coaster, which I expect will remain a staple of this genre for many decades to come.

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A good thriller flick

Author: rtneupane from Africa
16 April 2011

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Well I had seen the Hindi movie " Criminal" starring Manisha Koirala. So, scene by scene, dailogue by dailogue was copied by criminal from this movie till 1st 1 hour. Fugitive is an amazing movie and never lets you get bored even for a minute. All in all, a good thriller movie that has a good pace and keeps your mind busy with unexpected twists.

The movie is about a husband Dr.Richard Kimble ( Ford) who is convicted of his beloved wife's murder.God gives him one more chance when he flees from the bus carrying the criminals that meets with accident.Now his objective is to hunt down the real killer. Now this task is not so easy when you have a detective Gerad( Tomy lee) who has not let his whole team sleep just to get to this guy. Detective wont give up in his search and so wont Kimble in search of his wife's murder..Detective in every attempt misses Kimble by few seconds..

A well directed movie... You can watch it if you are bored and want to see a good thriller flick..

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Fast paced action with great performances

Author: lisa-w1 from United States
24 March 2011

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The fugitive is just a great film for so many reasons. First of all, I love it because Sam Gerard, the US marshal on the hunt for the wrongly accused DR. Richard Kimble treats his team whom he refers to as his "kids" like family. He actually mothers them, telling the lone female on the team to wear two coats, while advising Noah not to let someone give him any you know what about his pony tail. This type of camaraderie really appeals to me. And as far as performances are concerned, Tommy Lee Jones is outstanding. His vocal intonation is very expressive, conveying a gamut of emotion from humor to kindness to menace.

And hey, let's give it to the guy, he wasn't exactly a teenager when this movie came out but he was running and jumping with the best of them. And I really admire Sam Gerard because he was totally dedicated to what he thought was the truth--Kimble was convicted in a court of law and that was all he needed to know. This is why he says he doesn't care when Kimble tells him he didn't kill his wife. But at the end of the movie when the truth comes out about who actually killed Helen Kimble Gerard is totally willing to accept it no holds barred. I love that.

Love the "Peter Pan" dive into the water, train wreck, running around in the st paddy's day parade, all of it. See it if you can.

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A Convincing Thriller!

Author: nama chakravorty from India
14 January 2011

Based on the television series of the same name, 'The Fugitive' is a convincing, absorbing and mostly gripping thriller that holds your attention. This 1993 box-office smash hit, is cleverly directed by Andrew Davis and very well acted by it's lead cast.

'The Fugitive' is a cat-n-mouse thriller. A wrongly accused is on-the-run to prove his innocence, while a stubborn Marshal hunts for him. It's basically a war between these 2 men, who go 'no holds barred'!

Andrew Davis has made a memorable fare in 'The Fugitive'. He has directed the film with style. The Screenplay keeps you at the edge of your seat most times, and even the characters are damn interesting. Michael Chapman's Cinematography captures each moment wonderfully. Dennis Virkler's Editing is cool.

Performance-Wise: Harrison Ford is terrific in the central role. The legendary box office star, proves his mettle yet again. Tommy Lee Jones is razor-sharp in an Oscar-Winning role, while Jeroen Krabbé is good. Andreas Katsulas and Joe Pantoliano are first-rate. Julianne Moore appears in a brief role.

On the whole, 'The Fugitive' works big time. Take a look at this one, if thrills are what your for craving for. Thumbs Up!

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Fun but Rambling

Author: kenjha
28 December 2010

In this big screen adaptation of the classic TV series, a doctor is falsely convicted of murdering his wife, but escapes en route to prison. This is an entertaining, fast-moving adventure yarn with non-stop action. In fact, there is perhaps a bit too much action, as it starts to run out of steam towards the end. The story is fairly straightforward but tends to ramble and becomes somewhat muddled in the latter stages. It could have benefited from tighter editing. Ford is well cast in the title role, but Jones steals the film in his Oscar winning role as the U.S. Marshal who doggedly pursues him. It's mindless fun, with little attempt at plausibility in the plot.

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A great film, with some great actors - a must-see

Author: JimmySturt from United Kingdom
9 October 2010

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This film is a definite must see for all you who search for a good, strong and interesting story line, quality acting, and happy ending where the good guy always wins. Harison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones - two of the best male actors ever born. This film has a very interesting story line, keeping your interest from start to finish, and you will not be disappointed by the ending. There is definitely a lot of sympathy created for Dr. Richard Kimble as he looses his wife, is accused of killing her, and then has to jump waterfalls, navigate sewers and investigate hospitals to prove his innocence and bring the one-armed killer of his wife to justice. And best not forget the icing on the cake: a huge train wreck, guaranteed to keep you awake to witness through the rest of this outstanding film - an 8 outta 10 on the Jimmimeter :)

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Terrific action

Author: AtlantaRocks from United States
24 January 2009

This movie worked really well for me.

A doctor comes home and finds his wife dying and a one-armed man fleeing.

The doctor is accused of the murder and sentenced to death. He escapes and becomes a fugitive. The rest of the movie deals with a U.S. Marshall who chases him.

Andrew Davis directs with real vigor in this very exciting film adaptation of an old TV series. I never saw the series, but I understand that it was great too. based on characters by Roy Huggins and the story by David Twohy, the screenplay by Jeb Stuart and Twohy is fast paced without sacrificing character development.

The action sequences are great.

Harrison Ford, as the fugitive is excellent in his muted, reserved deliverance. Tommy Lee Jones is very good and fun to watch as the seasoned U.S. Marshall.

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your fugitive's name is Doctor Richard Kimble Go get him!

Author: bluesman-20 from Canada
9 July 2008

Fantastic retelling of the classic TV series. When I first saw this I was put off by how they explained why Helen Kimble was murdered but after seeing it over and over and over again I've come to respect the originality of the movie and the screenwriter's ability to start the story put a exciting middle to it and finally a nail biting climax and a satisfactory ending to a edge of your seat thriller. A lot of people have put this movie on a high platform and rightly so in 92 this movie showed us how it was done. It outclassed Speed and others of it's ilk. The main reason is the chemistry between Jones and ford they create a fine tight rope of a drama and action flick. Jones however provides what comedy relief there is intentionally. His Gerald differs from Barry Morse's Gerald in that he is even more obessessed and he refuses to listen to anyone except his instincts maybe it's his finest role to date. It did bring him an Oscar. Harrison Ford carries the movie pretty much like Richard Kimble he's smart he's quick and he's relentless. Ford captures you from the first screen shot until the credits roll. The movie is a fine roller coaster of a ride the stunts are fantastic and the story is tight. This movie should be included in film classes as a example of how to make a great movie.

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