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Excellent, but ending unrealistic

Author: T Mobile from the Local Fluff
26 April 2007

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I was a young man in college when this movie came out and Harrison Ford's acting was so forceful that I briefly considered becoming a vascular surgeon! From the beginning this movie keeps you involved. The train wreck on the silver screen felt like you were there, no surprise since the director derailed an actual train for the footage (I have seen the wreckage myself in S.C.).

The only complaint I have is the end when Dr. Nichols, a highly regarded doctor despite his under-handed dealings with the drug company, suddenly transforms quite unexpectedly into the prototypical, dastardly villain bent on killing Harrison Ford's character even if it means taking out a few marshals in the process. I don't recall the absurdity of the end in the theater, but subsequent airings on TV have made it more than apparent that the studio was in a hurry to wrap up the filming versus a more thoughtful and dramatic ending.

At any rate, having lived in Chicago the past couple of years, it has also been fun recognizing the filming locations.

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In A Word? Solid! In Two Words? Edgy & Enjoyable!

Author: CarelessMoonDruid from .: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.
24 March 2007

Solid describes everything about this production, from the casting to the editing to the mixing. There are no holes, no weak performances, no wasted film. This is about as close to a perfect film as they get.

Tommy Lee Jones, while not the "official" star, IS the star of this work. Harrison Ford, rightfully, plays an awesome secondary lead in this gritty, complicated actioner. This work competently generates some heady atmosphere, leading to a few nice edge-of-your-seat moments.

This is one of the best action films ever made, with an involving story, wholly believable characters, and an execution so realistic it sells you the whole bill of goods.

I thoroughly enjoy this work, and can watch it again and again.

Don't forget to check out its deserving sequel, "U.S. Marshalls." It's awesome, too.

The Fugitive rates a solid 9/10 from...

the Fiend :.

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Still pacey after all these years

Author: prop03 from Australia
18 October 2006

Put together more than 13 years ago, The Fugitive is still worth a look on DVD. It is a fast-paced thriller, with excellent special effects, two lead actors at the top of their craft, and a story-line that keeps you on the edge of your seat right until the end.

The story in brief: Rich doctor accused of murdering his wife protests his innocence, claiming the murder was committed by a one-armed man he saw at the murder scene. The doctor is found guilty, and sentenced to death. Circumstances provide an illegal escape from prison, and the doctor, now the fugitive, has to prove his innocence by finding the one-armed killer.

While doing this he saves the life of one of his prison guards, saves the life of a boy needing emergency surgery and spares the life of his chief pursuer who would have undoubtedly killed him in a heartbeat. Sounds too trite? In the context of this film, and with a frenetic Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford being... well, Harrison Ford, the film actually works quite well.

Director Andrew Davis has provided a movie that has stayed fresh and exciting.

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Exciting and intense thriller

Author: MartianOctocretr5 from Redondo Beach, CA
11 September 2006

One of the best (if not the very best) of the TV show adaptation movies. Not only is the film consistent with the theme of the series, but it juices it up with intense action and an involving, well-constructed plot.

The movie adopts just enough of the popular '60's program's original elements, and blends them nicely with the right measure of new plot twists to concoct one furious and exciting ride. Harrison Ford takes the role magnificently originated by David Jansen, and puts his unique stamp on it to make a Dr. Richard Kimble that is his own. His perfect sparring partner is Marshall Sam Girard (Tommy Lee Jones), who takes Kimbles's escape as a personal challenge to a chess game of wits.

Parallel cat-and-mouse duels are the stuff of this chess game: Kimble is not only the pursued, but also the pursuer of his own prey, the mysterious one-armed-man he saw fleeing from the murder scene. The action is constant, featuring leaps from dams, high speed ambulances, chases through sewers, fights, shootings, and more as each closes in. The train wreck sequence that sets Kimble on his trek to clear his name is one of the finest sequences ever filmed. The cast is exceptional.

Never a dull moment from start to finish. A great mystery, and a great pursuit suspense thriller. This is the kind of movie that remains fun after multiple viewings. A keeper for sure.

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Directing, Scripting, Acting: Superb

Author: George Attwood from Canada
10 August 2006

THE FUGITIVE ***** Suspense at its best. With Andrew Davis's superb direction, a great script, and Harrison Ford's impeccable performance, viewers are kept at the edges of their seats in this movie of deception, tension, and wills. Ford is Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent man accused of murdering his wife. Sentenced to prison on death-roe, Kimble manages to escape from the authorities and slip under his follower's (Tommy Lee Jones) careful eye while he finds the one-armed man who committed the crime.

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Author: Oliver Page ( from United Kingdom
7 July 2006

This is one of Harrison Ford's best film's behind 'Star Wars' & the 'Indy' series. What's worse than coming home to find your wife murdered and the attacker escaping through you? I'll tell you what, the police charging you with the murder and claiming it was insurance fraud. well thats exactly what happens in this film, only when our main man escapes its up to US Marshall Tommy Lee Jones to re capture him. The two leads in this film really work well together and were both made to play these characters. And if you don't believe me, look up US Marshalls and you'll find its actually the sequel starring TJL once again, only it never quite matched the original. This is a must see for all action fans, or anyone who just feels like sticking on a great film and letting themselves go.

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One of the best chase movies ever

Author: ( from Washington, D.C.
7 April 2006

Although the outcome is never in doubt, The Fugitive is one of the best "chase" movies ever, successfully maintaining the suspense from first to last. Tommy Lee Jones won an Oscar as best supporting actor for this film but it is also among Harrison Ford's best performances. Based loosely on a celebrated murder which would have been even more famous if CNN and Fox had been pursuing the story, The Fugitive records Harrison's pursuit by Jones as a U.S. Marshall attempting to capture the doctor accused of killing his wife, while Harrison tries to find the actual killer with Jones never very far behind. There was a TV series before the movie -- and it was pretty good. But the movie is better. Of its type, The Fugitive is one of the best, though it trails both North by Northwest (the Cary Grant vehicle) and the Open Window. Very Hitchcock-ian, which is a high compliment for those who did not see Hitchcock at his peak.

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Author: Didier (Didier-Becu) from Gent, Belgium
11 April 2004

A classic in its genre it is. Somewhere ununderstandable that director Andrew Davis never could score his second big hit as "The fugitive" has it all to be seen as a Hollywoodclassic with style. Based on the television series, it's about Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) who is sent to prison waiting the death pernalty as he is accused of having murdered his wife. You can ask yourself why the police didn't have investigate such a lousy proof any further but that's not the thing, Ford escapes (without wanting to) and he is chased by a superb Tommy Lee Jones. "The fugitive" is based on the two actors, Ford and Jones who both do an immortal job (Jones got an Oscar) and is a perfect example that intelligent Hollywoodblockbuster can be made.

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Ford and Jones are great!

Author: inspt71-1 from Kentucky
4 April 2004

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This is one of the best movies ever made. Harrison Ford plays one of his best characters and Tommy Lee Jones is great as Sam Gerard who plays the part

with memorable quotes and humor while solving the big case. The characters in this story are great as well as the cinematography by Michael Chapman and

Music score by James Newton Howard. If you are looking for excitement and a

great movie, this is it.

Ford and Jones play a game of Cat and Mouse in this movie. Ford plays Dr. Richard Kimble who is falsely accused of murder and goes on a run to prove it. Mr. Jones plays the U.S. Marshal who chases Kimble on a trail of clues and

mystery. Both characters are determined and will not give up.

Give this movie a look if you haven't, you won't be dissappointed.

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Premium Harrison Ford In Moral Struggle action flick

Author: Framescourer from London, UK
31 March 2004

Entertaining thriller, everyone brilliantly cast. The key to the success of this film is the water-cooler repartee of the marshal's office team under Tommy-Lee Jones. Life is one big crossword puzzle and they always complete theirs. So when (the never better) Harrison Ford stays out of reach it sets off a cycle of excitement and disappointment that are good foil for the inevitable action sequences.

This can't last though, as the function of the team relies of the black-and-whiteness of the situation. As Ford's Richard Kimble finally shakes off the shadow of presumed guilt the dynamic becomes more personal. I find the denouement a little unsatisfactory (it's all a bit serious) as a result.

The film is crisp and gets on with the action without romanticising Kimble's struggle for freedom. Matinee heaven 7/10

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