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The Fugitive turns out to be a smashing success, a juggernaut of an
action-adventure saga that owes nothing to the past. Accused of his
wife's murder, a doctor (Harrison Ford) goes on the run, hunting down
the real killer while a cop (Tommy Lee Jones) pursues him.
The original TV series, starring David Janssen, ran from 1963 to 1967. Here it is updated into an expansive action-adventure film, powered - even through its less coherent stretches - by lead performances of an old-school solidity and rigour. For his performance Jones won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The Fugitive was one of the few movies associated with a television series to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Seeing the Nick Love big screen version of THE SWEENEY I was struck as
to how cynical the marketing was . It could be any high octane thriller
set around a bunch of bank robbers in London with a crime squad led by
a rough diamond cop trying to bring the crooks to book . In other words
it's simply called THE SWEENEY because it's got a ready made market for
people who fondly remember the original TV show . This is pre-dated by
this big screen version of the television show of THE FUGITIVE which
features Harrison Ford playing a character called Dr Richard Kimble
being pursued by a cop called Gerard in a film that is nothing more
than a cynical exercise in trying to cash in on a half remembered TV
show from yesteryear . That is not to say it's a bad film as such but
anyone expecting anything along the lines of the TV original won't
recognise this film as sharing anything in common with the David
As it stands if you like loud , brash , action packed muliplex entertainment then you'll certainly enjoy this movie . The downside is that you have to take the rough with the smooth and this comes in the form of plot contrivance . Interestingly the original court case is skated over and the audience never given a reason why Kimble is found guilty of the murder of his wife . Of course sharing the name of the TV series THE FUGITIVE and a character played by Harrison Ford in 1993 the audience know Kimble must be innocent but even so the evidence must have been rather damning . Being a contrived plot means that in order for the story to progress more and more ludicrous things involving good luck/bad luck has to happen which strains credibility when you stop to think about anything . The shark is well and truly jumped relatively early in the film where Kimble takes a dive of a dam falling several hundred feet in to a waterfall which must contain several thousand tons of water and surviving
This sequence ties in with the protagonist's nemesis US Marshall Samuel Gerard who has the almostsupernatural ability to be one step ahead of the other characters . Kimble disappears in a blocked off tunnel ? He's obviously escaped down a drain . He jumps off the top of a dam ? He's obviously survived the fall . He looks through some garbage and concludes Kimble is using a false ID One almost hopes Gerard does something credible such as throw his hands up and say " Hey guys the trail has gone cold " but I guess that would mean less tension and excitement in a film that merely exists to wretch up tension and excitement to a multiplex audience . A fact reflected in its massive box office takings
One of Harrison Ford's most magnificant, significant and most highly
acclaimed performances of his career. The Fugitive explores the themes of
Justice and Betrayal from a murder case. Harrison Ford plays as Dr.
Kimble, a highly respected doctor in Chicago. He has all that he wants; a
wife and a succesful promising career. But one night his life turned
There is someone in his house.........his wife is dead. Now he must run
his life to find the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
a whole police force behind his back, he will not give up until he finds
man who killed his wife.
Co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, this movie is one of the best thrillers out
there. It makes us think hard on the themes portrayed in the movie and
reminds us that Justice is not always achieved in our world. Harrison
extremely realistic performance as a man on the run, will keep you on the
edge of your seat. This film is certainly a classic in the
There are some films which are pretty much perfect (for what they are).
'The Fugitive's' beauty lies in its simplicity (not to mention the
excellent performances from its two main stars). A prominent doctor's
wife is murdered. He's accused and convicted, but manages to escape and
sets out to prove his innocence.
Of course 'simple' doesn't always mean great. Like I said, 'The Fugitive' would be a lot less if it wasn't for the fact that everyone's favourite space pirate/adventurer, Harrison Ford, wasn't the fugitive in question. As with most of his films, he's great to watch and perfect to root for. But of course things go even less smoothly for our runaway doctor than they already have been. If being wrongly convicted for spousal murder wasn't bad enough, the toughest U.S. Marshall ever, played perfectly by Tommy Lee Jones, has been despatched to bring in his man at any costs. Again, Jones' performance is spot on and if ever there was a better game of 'cat and mouse' then I haven't seen it.
There are plenty of memorable scenes in the film, most of which involve the two leads squaring off most notably the scene at the dam. And, even thought the film is now over twenty years old, it can still hold onto its own today. It doesn't look in any way dated and you don't need iphones or Twitter to prove how modern it is.
Sometimes I try to guess who the audience to a film is. In this case, I'd say: everyone. If you like thrillers, if you like tension, if you like mystery or you just like either/or Harrison Ford or Tommy Lee Jones then you're in for a treat. In fact... if you like good films in general you really should check it out. Despite its two hour runtime, it flies by (not sure whether that makes the 'semi-sequel' 'U.S. Marshalls also a success most people may just want to stick with this one).
The beauty of THE FUGITIVE (just as a premise, before a single life of
dialogue is written) is that you've already got a sympathetic
protagonist to lure the audience in. Dr. Richard Kimble goes from
affluent happily- married surgeon to widower and wrongfully-convicted
murderer in just a few minutes' runtime. It's a nightmare situation,
the police are no help, and you just want the guy to set things right
and clear his name. All you need now is a foil to chase down our hero
(it's got that) and some capable direction to keep things fast and
tight (it's got that, too).
Tony Lee Jones is a vision to behold in this movie. He truly inhabits the tireless hunter; yeah, it helps that Gerard is a well-written character, but Jones infuses the role and the movie with great personality. Ford's certainly no slouch, and feels at home as the guy who's outsmarting the police. Nice to see him go from hunted back to caring doctor too, in the scene with the injured boy.
It's a well-done movie all-around; tense, exciting, there's good banter among Gerard's team, it's a good Chicago movie, and that ending is all sorts of satisfying.
The fugitive is indeed a successful film and lives up to its name. The
story is about a doctor called Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) who is on
the run after the bus he was on is crashed and was suppose to be given
a death sentence for apparent 'murder'. He is believed to have killed
his wife but Kimble (Harrison Ford) sets out to prove he was innocent
and find out the real killer and his motive. However, the problem he
faces in finding out these things is that he is being hunted down by
the US Marshall Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) who firmly believes
Kimble (Harrison Ford) is guilty and that he is trying to get away for
The Fugitive is simply an awesome movie. What makes the film great is that you the viewer will feel for the character Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) and want the true culprit brought to justice. The actors especially Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones were exceptional and made the film the success it already is. Film has action, it is an adventure and it thrills you all the way to the end. The plot of the movie is so simple to understand and is certainly a movie worth watching.
Gotta love the 90s. The best decade when it comes to action movies and the Fugitive was certainly one of them.
I wasn't alive to see The Fugitive t.v. program so I can't use it as a
reference for The Fugitive the movie. As I've heard from my parents it
was a long running series with Dr. Richard Kimble perpetually on the
run. Well, in that case, the movie was on point.
I thoroughly enjoyed this who dunnit movie. As good as Harrison Ford was as Dr. Richard Kimble, Tommy Lee Jones was better as the lead officer hunting down Dr. Kimble. In fact, I would say that TLJ put his name on the map with his performance. Sure, he was good in Under Siege, but he took it up a notch in The Fugitive.
The Fugitive was a terrific story with terrific acting, an all around blast.
Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) is called in for an emergency
surgery. When he returns home, he finds an one arm guy murdering his
wife (Sela Ward). The cops don't believe him, and he is wrongly
convicted. Kimble's prison transport crashes when the prisoners try to
take over and is run over by a train. Kimble escapes and Deputy US
Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) takes charge of catching
Kimble. Meanwhile Kimble goes in search for his wife's killer.
There are just so many classic moments from this movie. Not to mention that these two lead actors are perfectly cast as their characters. Those great lines just sings out of Tommy Lee Jones' mouth. The investigation is also compelling. The whole movie is just as entertaining as heck.
The Fugitive (1993) is about a vascular surgeon named Richard Kimble
(Harrison Ford) who was accused of killing his wife. As he escapes from
being executed he goes on the run to prove his innocence while avoiding
getting caught by a team of U.S Marshals lead by the determined Samuel
Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones). I will start off by saying that I don't just
like, but love this film. Everything about this film is perfect. This
is an exhilarating film and I enjoyed every minute of it. The Fugitive
is a great action thriller that is highly entertaining and filled with
heart pounding moments. The film is directed by Andrew Davis. Andrew
Davis is one of the few directors who in his prime knew how to craft a
well made action film. As far as his films go, this is his best one and
my favorite. The scenes between Ford and Jones are engaging and
suspenseful. The entire film is a perfect example of great suspense.
One of my two favorite scenes in this film are where Kimble is chased
by Gerard. One is the dam chase and the other is the stairway chase.
Both of the scenes are terrific examples of great thrills. The
performances by Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones are outstanding.
Harrison Ford is great as Dr. Richard Kimble. You really feel the
characters vulnerability and you really root for him. I am in general a
huge fan of Harrison Ford and as far as his performances go this is one
of his best. Tommy Lee Jones as the determined U.S Marshal Samuel
Gerard is magnificent. Tommy Lee Jones is another one of those actors
who is basically good in just everything he is in. He also won an
academy award for best supporting actor and I got to say that he truly
deserved it. The supporting cast may not be on par with the two lead
actors, however they still do capable job in their roles. The score by
James Newton Howard is wonderful and add more excitement during the
action scenes. Overall, it is a first rate thriller that will appeal to
action fans and to those who in general like a good film that features
top notch suspense and a well written story with wonderful lead actors.
I absolutely have no problems with this film.
Before watching this film I read that it was based on a 1960s TV
series, that much of the dialogue was improvised, and that the script
was still being written as filming started. That didn't bode well
because, as we know, actors are interminably capable of speech, but
dialogue is something different. However, maybe this is the exception
to the rule, as Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones are both brilliant in
their roles and if much of that was improvised, all credit to them.
Jones got the Oscar for his role as by Lt. Gerard but Ford is equally impressive as the wronged Dr Richard Kimble, falsely accused of the murder of his wife (Sela Ward). We see her mostly in flashback and this is a believable relationship, unlike in the sequel using Wesley Snipes in the Ford role.
The film is a cat and mouse chase as Gerard pursues Kimble through various settings. The sense of tension, perfectly backed by the music of James Newton Howard, builds like in a Hitchcock movie, which is a credit to director Andrew Davis. Michael Chapman's cinematography is crisp and sharp and clinical. Perfect for this film.
As Kimble is being hunted by Gerard, he is himself hunting for the mysterious one-armed man who was the real murderer of his wife, but what was the motive? Using his medical knowledge and his analytical skill he aims to find his quarry before Gerard finds him! But Gerard is also piecing the truth together. Simple plot that twists and turns as it develops. In a sense you find yourself rooting for both men as they both come across as warm and intelligent, pursing their intertwined goals.
I really can't find fault here. This is one of the top films ever. Why the IMDb rating is so low, I don't know. I'll do what I can to move it up a bit.
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