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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Superb, intelligent film

Author: bbewnylorac
7 December 2015

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I just watched The Fugitive for the first time in years, and enjoyed it immensely. The script and direction are near perfect. The tension hums along like a clock, and there are lots of inventive chases, but the plot is always crystal clear. Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford both bring a keen intelligence to their roles. It could be Ford's best role, and Jones lights up every scene he's in with a droll humour and relaxed yet astute manner. But all the actors, including then-unknowns Jane Lynch and Julianne Moore, are given smart and absorbing parts. Even cameos are good. The background music is very dramatically old fashioned but bearable. The flippant, jokey humour of the detectives gets annoying sometimes. The opening bus and train crash is amazing -- one of the most perfectly executed stunts you will ever see. But the film is just constantly inventive, such as a chase scene in the St Patrick's Day parade, or the police raid on the house where Dr Kimble is staying that turns out to be the arrest of the shonky landlord. Not a scene or word in The Fugitive is wasted. It's almost clinical, the way the film is paced, but it has so much heart and soul, it draws you in and keeps you riveted.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

It's Riiichard Kiiiiiiimble!!!

Author: steven560 from United Kingdom
23 September 2014

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"I didn't kill my wife." "I don't care."

Fantastic and gripping thriller. I haven't seen the series, but I've heard it inspired Twin Peaks to an extent, so I'll probably check it out sometime. But this film lives up to it's reputation as a great thriller. Harrison Ford plays Richard Kimble, a respected doctor who is accused for the brutal murder of his wife. His only argument is that he stumbled upon his murdered wife and a one-armed man, whom he fought with. This doesn't hold up in court and all the evidence is against him, so he's sentenced to be executed and sent on the bus out of Chicago. Fortunately for him, the bus crashes, allowing him to escape, and from then on it's a game of cat-and-mouse as he is pursued tooth and nail by a cop (Tommy Lee Jones; excellent). Eventually Kimble finds himself back in Chicago in a hunt for evidence to clear his name while being pursued by the cops.

Harrison Ford is excellent and convincing as the disgraced doctor hanging on by his fingernails, and Tommy Lee Jones is funny and likable as the cop pursuing him. The hunt and the unfolding conspiracy keeps you gripped throughout and the set-pieces can be quite awesome, like a massive dam Kimble finds himself testing his faith with. The supporting cast are all good, notably Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalak in Star Trek TNG, equally sinister here), and Jeroen Krabbe.

I'm not sure if the film was making any deliberate stabs at corporate corruption or big pharma, or just using that as a story element, but it works. The film is an excellent mystery and an excellent action thriller, highly recommended.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Intense and Outstanding Acting,

Author: Dillon Harris from Ireland
22 February 2014

The Fugitive is a brilliant movie with a very well developed storyline and a very professional and dramatic cast.The movie is intense and action packed all the way through and also very exciting.As far as performances go ,this is without a doubt one of Harrison Ford's finest performances and without a doubt Tommy Lee Jones best performance,he really stole the spotlight from Ford in this movie,an Academy Award dosen't lie.The character development for both Ford and Jones characters is also top notch,especially for action movie standards.The movie is filled with action but never gets too carried away or drags out ,which I liked because it bothers when they take you away from the story too much.The Fugitive is a great movie that I would recommends to all moviegoers,especially if you're a fan of action,adventure or the two main actors.

A doctor goes on the run after a court finds him guilty of murdering his wife.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Fast and highly likable thriller

Author: Stampsfightclub from United Kingdom
27 October 2009

After a traffic collision convicted murderer Dr Richard Kimble (Ford) tries to clear his name whist Samuel Gerard (Jones) attempts to track him down.

This Andrew Davis picture brings together a slick plot flowing with action and intrigue and with Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford on perfect form this is the perfect remedy to an absent action injury.

With James Bond being "reborn" these last few years and The Bourne trilogy racking up plaudits from everywhere it seems we have reinvented the term of thriller in a genre that is often scrutinized for its lack of realism in context.

What makes the Fugitive tick? For starters this is a fun adrenaline soaking thriller that needs minimal explanation to get the blood pumping. From waterfall jumps to train crashes this has enough to fulfil the viewer's requirements.

There is an array of credited actors who have broken barriers in their lifetimes previous to this Oscar winner. Tommy Lee Jones (winner of best supporting actor) has of course starred in plenty of action thrillers. Under Siege, No country for old men and possibly Men in Black he knows how to tackle the action. Having just reviewed the Oscars from 15 years ago I must confess to having liked John Malkovich's protagonist in the Wolfgang Peterson thriller In The Line of Fire plenty more. The swagger and evilness of Booth was elaborate, eccentric and malicious with a delicious cunning that made his character seem approachable but undeniably sick and evil. Jones nevertheless presents a character with baggage but does not convey it and with an intelligent appreciation of law and crime he sets the benchmark to the law breaking citizens of America.

Ford establishes himself as mystery man in the early stages where we believe he could be good or evil and when the plot momentarily loses its balance we know the truth of his innocence.

This narrative of a man needing to escape and prove his name as innocent is reflective of numerous other thrillers there's no question. Bearing in mind this concept can become tedious when seeing repetitive viewings of various thrillers it is significant to recognize this was one of the early films that brought this technique to the attention of the critiques and various other filmmakers. It is a stunning concept that adds tension and mystery from every aspect.

The scene setting is wonderfully exuberant. The forest setting generates the feeling of isolation exquisitely whilst the montages of the flashbacks fittingly reflect this isolation and gives the central character development and contemplation.

There are lapses in the action with an overhaul in dialogue and the Bourne series has shown the meaning of thriller but this is undoubtedly fast and fun mystery.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

three great performances

Author: HelloTexas11 from United States
22 March 2008

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'The Fugitive' is quite a bit more faithful to its source material than many other feature films inspired by old television series, at least in an elemental sense. Most of the key reference points are there; innocent Dr. Richard Kimble, his wife's murder, the dogged pursuit by police Lt. Gerard, and of course the one-armed man. We hardly expect the main actors to impersonate their antecedents and they don't, though the thought of Harrison Ford mimicking David Janssen is an amusing one. But where the film really deviates from the TV show is in Tommy Lee Jones' portrayal of the Gerard character. Barry Morse's staid police lieutenant may have had just a touch of deviousness to him, but it's nothing compared to Jones' flamboyant, in-your-face, control-freakish turn as the U.S. marshal on Kimble's trail. Jones' Gerard is every bit as much a lead character as Ford's quieter, determined Kimble. There are new twists (and a new sub-plot concerning pharmaceutical subterfuge) added to the familiar plot of Dr. Kimble on the run, trying to locate evidence that the one-armed man killed his wife and thus prove his innocence. Kimble is certainly nothing if not resourceful and not surprisingly, a certain suspension of disbelief is required by the audience to accept his ability to get out of scrapes and avoid the police throughout the film. In fact, there are primarily two sources of great enjoyment in 'The Fugitive,' one being Jones' over-the-top performance and the other Kimble's ingenuity at tracking down the murderer even while he himself is being pursued. Another actor deserves mention: Jeroen Krabbe, who plays a doctor friend of Kimble's who ultimately turns out to be one of the baddies. With his cultured accent and sophisticated manner, Krabbe exudes a kind of upper-crust menace very effectively, so that when his character's true nature is revealed, there is a real sense of justice prevailing in his getting his comeuppance. There is a certain infuriating quality about Gerard, for all his wiseass remarks and endearing devil-may-care attitude towards protocol, in that he seemingly never stops to consider whether Kimble just might be innocent, at least not until very late in the film. It stands in contrast to some of Kimble's old friends at the hospital he visits, who are just as unswervingly convinced that he isn't guilty without any physical evidence or proof to back up this belief. Kimble inhabits a no-man's land in the middle, slipping in and out of each alternate universe, one where he's damned for all time and the other where he's a great guy, and don't be silly, of course he didn't kill his wife. It's that tension that propels 'The Fugitive' along but also makes the ending not entirely satisfactory. You want to hit Lt. Gerard on the head when he finally realizes the truth and tell him, "Of course he didn't kill his wife, you fool!"

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A well-written adaptation and film

Author: somegravity from United States
12 July 2007

Truth be told,the job of a vascular surgeon is not the most pleasant job that there is to be found out there. But,for vascular surgeon Richard Kimble(Harrison Ford),life could be better. This is due to Richard Kimble being a rich,successful,and respected vascular surgeon. On top of that,Richard Kimble has a beautiful wife with whom he has a loving relationship with,Helen (Sela Ward). This has made Richard Kimble's life perfect,and given Kimble what most people dream for/of.

But,one night,everything perfect and wonderful in the life of Richard Kimble suddenly comes to an end. This is when Richard Kimble comes home,only to discover that his beloved Helen is being murdered by a man with a prosthetic arm. And then,before Richard Kimble knows it,he is falsely convicted for the murder of his wife. The result? Kimble being sentenced to Death Row.

However,one night,a stroke of "fate" steps in for Richard Kimble. This stroke of "fate" allows Richard Kimble to escape imprisonment,and allows Kimble to return to Chicago(his hometown)to solve the murder of his wife. Richard Kimble has several loyal,trusted and respected friends/colleagues. Because of this,Kimble has a very strong chance at solving the murder of his wife,and bringing the people who are responsible for it to justice. But,the Chicago Police and the United States Marshals have a tight watch over Richard Kimble. This complicates Kimble trying to solve the murder of his wife and bringing the people who are responsible for it to justice. On top of that? The man leading the case against Richard Kimble is Samuel Gerard(Tommy Lee Jones),a United States Marshal who's determination and obsession in finding Richard Kimble is aided by his intelligence.

The only things that will tell who is able to win the whole "case" between Richard Kimble and his friends/colleagues and Samuel Gerard and his team of United States Marshals,alongside the Chicago Police Department? Time,decisions,and intelligence.

The script for "The Fugitive" is a bit unarranged,and could have been easily fixed by director Andrew Davis before its release. But,other than that,"The Fugitive" is a well-written film and adaptation. Based off of a 1960's television series created by the late Roy Huggins (RIP),"The Fugitive" succeeds in taking the television show that it based off of,and keeping several elements of the show,remaining true and original without recycling the show. There are a lot of original elements to "The Fugitive",which helps it out a lot,at the same time. And,despite the fact that the script for "The Fugitive" happens to be a bit unarranged,it does a good job at documenting Richard Kimble trying to solve the murder of his wife,and the case being lead against Kimble. The way that everything leads up to another is perfectly arranged. At the same time,"The Fugitive" successfully takes crime drama,action,and plenty of chemistry,alongside a small amount of humor,and blending it all together in one.

There are also a lot of strong performances that are to be found in "The Fugitive". In Harrison Ford's performance as Richard Kimble,Ford turns in a richly executed performance. This is by Harrison Ford understanding how his character of Richard Kimble is feeling,and bringing Kimble's feelings to life. The beauty of it? Harrison Ford's performance as Richard Kimble does not find Ford portraying Kimble as a big,tough guy who's enemies better look out for themselves. Harrison Ford's performance as Richard Kimble paints a picture of Kimble as a smart and laid-back man,who is just trying to solve his wife's murder and bring the people responsible for it to justice. What makes this performance tick is viewers seeing that Richard Kimble is no tough guy whatsoever--letting the plot and script have an interesting and creative "twist" to them. In Tommy Lee Jones's performances as Samuel Gerard,Jones understands how Gerard feels about the case of Richard Kimble,and Gerard's determination and obsession to find Kimble,alongside the intelligence of Gerard. This keeps "The Fugitive" moving along well at a well-structured and constructed pace. It helps viewers of "The Fugitive" clearly know and understand the two sides of the story. Anytime a scene in "The Fugitive" calls for humor out of Tommy Lee Jones' performance of Samuel Gerard,Jones takes the humor and brings it to life,allowing the humor to be worthwhile and viewers of "The Fugitive" have a few laughs. All of these elements all work not only being blended together,but also for the scenes in this film that feature both Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones and the scenes with action (the action here is well-mixed in with the script;it is fitting and suitable,but does not push itself a mile to being an action film,on behalf of the way it is arranged in the script for "The Fugitive" and the performances in the scene with the action).

It is also worth noting that even though you will only find Sela Ward through a small half of "The Fugitive",Ward's performance as Helen Kimble is one of the film's highlights. Why? In Sela Ward's performance as Helen Kimble,Ward puts a good amount of compassion into her scenes,and even though very little,emotion when it is called for (You'll know what I mean.....). Sela Ward's performance of Helen Kimble contribute to "The Fugitive" being as good and successful as it turned out to be. It also succeeds in allowing viewers of "The Fugitive" know how Richard Kimble feels as they watch Richard solve Helen's murder. All of this allows "The Fugitive" to fully come together,and be the good and successful film that it turned out to be.

Overall,whether you have or have not watched the television show that "The Fugitive" is based off of,if you enjoy crime drama films and enjoy a film with a good cast and good acting (most of the cast here is obscure,but they are all great actors who are perfect in their roles here),"The Fugitive" is the film is for you.


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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.

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.

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.


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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Chase Movie That Often Jumps The Shark

Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland
23 February 2013

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 Janssen series

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

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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Simply the Best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely Brilliant!!!!! 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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