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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

An excellent action/crime

9/10
Author: John Brooks from France
17 May 2016

This film exists within a realm that is usually highly overrated for its "flair", the explosiveness of its iconic scenes, its badass characters... but often, if not VERY often, these films lack substance terribly. This here features an excellent cast, good action, but is actually a very compelling and superbly crafted story, with great tension; very difficult to keep up for a whole 2hrs + with such a basic main plot; and a superb ending. Great suspense, great twists, great acting - Ford plays his part very well and Tommy Lee Jones as usual is brilliant, and *just* right. It really takes a great effort to extend such a synopsis into a lengthy epic like that and not lose credibility, dynamism at least at some point. For a movie inspired by a series, this is just pure, pure quality. An underlying arm-wrestle between bold justice and insidious conniving; between recognizing right and wrong.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Made when people went to see the film because of its Star....

9/10
Author: FlashCallahan from Leicester, United Kingdom
20 March 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Dr. Richard Kimble returns home from work one night to find his wife Helen has been murdered. The killer, a one-armed man, manages to escape before police arrive.

With lack of evidence pointing to the one-armed man, Kimble is arrested and charged with murder. On his way to prison, the transport bus crashes, giving him the opportunity to escape.

Kimble decides to find out who the real killer is and why his wife was murdered. But a US Marshal named Samuel Gerard and his team are tasked with finding Kimble and arresting him.

However, the further he is to catching Kimble, the more Gerard is convinced he is innocent..........

As my summary says, this was made when Star power was one of the main reasons why films made so much money, and ironically, this was released the same year that Last Action Hero flopped, starring Schwarzenegger, easily the most bankable star in Hollywood at that time.

Along with Cruise, Hanks, Gibson, Stallone, and Costner, Ford was among those actors who's name above a film title would guarantee a huge revenue at the box office, and this was one of Fords last film that was huge because he was in it.

It also helps that it's thrilling from beginning to end, and for a remake of a TV series, it's pretty intelligent and doesn't spoon feed the audience with all the Basil Exposition we are 'treated' to now.

But what really stands out is the change of mood when the film flits from Kimble's quest to Gerard's. It's almost like the film has two different narratives, and the tones of these narratives are much different.

Kimble's is cold, dangerous, and untrusting, while the Marshals quest is honestly downright hilarious at times. And when these narratives merge, it's unmissable, especially the now legendary dam scene.

Ford gives a really humanistic, vulnerable performance, and there are times when you really feel sorry for the man, one minute, he has everything he could wish for, the next, he's stealing food from an almost comatose patient.

A true classic, one of Fords greatest performances.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

The Fugitive is one of the most thoroughly entertaining films ever to careen through the action genre.

9/10
Author: G K from Mars
21 December 2009

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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.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Well made movie.

7/10
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands
6 August 2005

This movie had been made with lots of profession both in front and behind the camera. The directing is subtle and nice and the performances by the actors are excellent.

Really the best thing about "The Fugitive" is the acting, in particular Tommy Lee Jones. Basically his performance alone is what makes the movie work well and makes the story believable enough to be captivated by it. No wonder he won an Oscar for this, it's his best role till date and his character is an highly memorable one. Harisson Ford plays a boring average man which work well for his character and the movie. Other actors worth mentioning are Joe Pantoliano and Jeroen Krabbé.

Still "The Fugitive" is not a movie I enjoy watching. The story, especially towards the end gets a bit too complex and perhaps even ridicules. I don't know but for some reason it doesn't really blend in with the rest of the movie, that was just basically a tense chase between Dr. Kimble and the U.S. Marshals. I think an action/thriller movie like this should be made just for pure entertainment were not a lot of thinking is required. Yes, although I still find it a good and recommendable movie I still tend to call this movie an overrated one.

The movie is filled with some tense and memorable chase and action sequences that alone are reasons enough to go and watch this movie. The whole train/bus crash at the beginning is already regarded a bit as a classic action sequence that is well known to everybody.

Worth watching mainly because of Tommy Lee Jones and the nice action and chase sequences. However if you expect this to be a simple entertaining action flick, think again, you're better of watching another movie.

7/10

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Good, but definitely not great

6/10
Author: Robert Morley from Canada
12 October 2008

This was a decent action/detective movie with good pacing and good acting all around. My main problem with the movie centers around the holes in the plot: while it's suggested, it's never clearly stated why Helen was murdered; the fudged clinical trials of the drug all being ultimately controlled by one doctor seems rather unlikely; the number of times Kimble goes unrecognized by people who should know him on-sight (even without the beard) goes beyond the realm of unlikely into the realm of ludicrous; Kimble's skill at creating a false pass and faking out people who work at the hospital also seems rather lame. I'm sure I could come up with more if I watched it again.

In the end, it was a good enough movie to be enjoyable, but some very basic believability issues marred the overall story. Obviously the 90% or so of users who rated this movie better than I did will disagree with me on this, but I have a hard time understanding why this movie is so highly-rated. It was okay, but I don't feel any pressing need to watch it again at any point.

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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Simply the Best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely Brilliant!!!!! 10/10

10/10
Author: Freddy Levit from Melbourne, Australia
31 July 2002

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. Richard 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 around. There is someone in his house.........his wife is dead. Now he must run for his life to find the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. With a whole police force behind his back, he will not give up until he finds the 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 Ford's 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 genre.

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14 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

on the run...

5/10
Author: dbdumonteil
2 April 2004

An adaptation of a famous TV series, "the fugitive" was a blockbuster when it was launched in 1993. Did I enjoy it? Yes and no... We deal with a spirited action movie, led without any dead times and with a well-balanced performance. I was told that Tommy Lee Jones almost stole the show from Harrison Ford. Honestly, I didn't have this impression.

But "the fugitive" is also a movie without any major surprises and where you can detect a lack of inventiveness because it confines itself to the usual rules of the detective movie: a man wrongly accused of a crime he didn't commit, a will to discover the real culprit, police on his tail, a predictable progression sprinkled with stirring chases. Furthermore, the script, which is sometimes repetitive doesn't exclude unlikelinesses and the end makes the whole conventional.

Nonetheless, Andrew Davis knows his job and "the fugitive" remains a spectacular and watchable movie but also too much superficial to call it a masterpiece.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Very Good Thriller

9/10
Author: nadrojh
18 April 2017

I have never seen the TV show, but as a thriller The Fugitive is very good. It has a wonderful script, fast paced and pulls in many different characters. I also like that it covers the investigation, trial, escape, the chase, and all the other elements of the story. Andrew Davis did a very good job directing. It is very well shot, especially the chase scenes and the flashback scenes. It has a wonderful cast, especially the flawless performances of Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford. The Fugitive is an incredible thriller. I have seen the movie many times, and enjoyed it every time. I watch it every now and then just to be reminded how good a thriller can be without relying on special effect, loud noises, and bright lights. Andrew Davis has made many good movies, but this is one of his best. It is one of the best thrillers from 1990's. It is a must see thriller. It is very good

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Classic Ford/Jones hide n seek story.

Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth
5 March 2012

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Not a new movie, in fact almost 20 years old, but I managed to catch it on the ION network this weekend. Ford and Jones look pretty young.

The movie begins in the home at night, the wife is in her night clothes, there is a struggle, she ends up dead and the husband is accused of murder. We very briefly see the trial and a guilty verdict sends him to prison.

Harrison Ford is the husband, Dr. Richard Kimble. He maintains his innocence and claims a "one-armed man" was in their home, he struggled with him, was knocked out and doesn't remember much.

As he is being transported to prison there is a scuffle in the bus, it veers off the road, and tumbles down the embankment. When a guard says to him "you're a doctor, can you help him" regarding an injured man, Kimble answers "take my cuffs off." The movie might have ended quickly had it not been that the bus rolled onto train tracks, and now a train was about to hit. Kimble manages to get to safety and it took 90 minutes to determine for certainty that he had not died in the wreck but in fact escaped. The hunt was on.

The hunt is directed by Tommy Lee Jones as US Marshall Samuel Gerard. And most of the rest of the movie involves the cat 'n mouse game, Gerard trying to track down Kimble. While Kimble's motive was to gather evidence to prove his innocence.

Good movie, Ford and Jones are in top form here.

SPOILERS: Kimble works his way back to Chicago and the hospital where he had worked. He pieced together clues that led him to the assassin with the prosthetic arm, and eventually back to another doctor who had been falsifying data in an important drug test to gain its approval. Dr Kimble was the target, not his wife, because he could expose the fraud and there was lots of $$Money on the line. All is well that ends well.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

It doesn't come much better than this

9/10
Author: tsd333 from Australia
24 January 2011

The Fugitive (1993) 9 User reviews are instructive in their often uniform dissection of what makes this such a fine movie drama. That, and IMDb contributors' high level of excitement and firm conviction of The Fugitive as being in the top 100 movies. It all adds up to rare praise. This reviewer thoroughly agrees. Director Andrew Davis must take much of the credit, because even though by now most audiences are familiar with the basic plot, the movie loses nothing when seen again. It is intelligent. The action scenes are spectacular yet believable, the pace constant and even. Harrison Ford, he of the permanent expression of dismay, is ideal as Dr Richard Kimble, convicted of murdering his beautiful wife for the insurance money. His defense team wasn't up to much: Richard is slated for a lethal injection, but fate frees him and he winds up on the run. This is enough to draw Marshal Samuel Gerard into the equation, in the person of Tommy Lee Jones. He has a blank expression akin to "you don't say?", and we see it lots as doctor and cop try to out-think each other. The doctor must avoid capture long enough to prove his innocence. The marshal, an assertive hunter, just wants to bring his quarry in. In the process, the audience is swept away with these two, and no wonder. It's not a matter of picking sides. Both men are smart and well-intentioned. Sit back and enjoy the magic.

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