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(1993)

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Robert Mark Kamen, David Newman, David Giler, and Walter Hill all contributed to the script.
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Harrison Ford damaged some ligaments in his leg during the filming of the scenes in the woods. He refused to take surgery until the end of filming so that his character would keep the limp. The limp can be seen in any subsequent scene where Richard Kimble is running.
The wrecked train and bus remain a tourist attraction in Dillsboro, North Carolina.
According to producer Roy Huggins, Gerard's line in response to Richard Kimble's claim of innocence ("I didn't kill my wife") was originally read in the script as, "That isn't my problem." But at the request of Tommy Lee Jones, it was changed to, "I don't care."
Originally Julianne Moore's character had a bigger role in the film even after she exposes him briefly. Kimble was to have sought her out for help and eventually fall for her. These scenes were filmed and deleted from the final cut of the film. That is, however, at the same time her name is still credited as one of the main stars of the picture.
Kimble's apartment is modeled after an actual doctor that Harrison Ford and Andrew Davis met in a Chicago bar shortly before filming. Ford felt that the doctor, somewhat eccentric and reclusive, was exactly how he wanted to portray Kimble and sent the art department to see his apartment. The doctor was also treated to a drink by Ford.
The train scenes were filmed in Dillsboro, North Carolina. The engine used (which was not destroyed) now pulls a dinner train. During a ride on that train, props from the making of the film can be seen, including the prison bus and the shell of the engine that crashed into the bus. Dillsboro is next to the town of Sylva, where the local hospital was used for filming the hospital scenes in the beginning of the film and the ambulance get-away.
Alec Baldwin was first choice to play Dr. Richard Kimble. When he dropped out, Andy Garcia was considered for the role. Harrison Ford had previously played a role first offered to Baldwin in Patriot Games (1992).
While filming this movie, Harrison Ford also filmed a cameo appearance on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992). This gave George Lucas the idea of making another Indiana Jones film with Ford, set in the 1950s. The beard he had grown for this film resulted in Indy being bearded in that episode as well. Appropriately, the resulting film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) also ended up featuring Neil Flynn, who played a subway cop in this film.
The character of Cosmo Renfro was supposed to die in the finale of the film. However, Joe Pantoliano successfully lobbied for his character to be spared so that he may appear in a potential sequel. Pantoliano indeed got to reprise the role of Renfro in the sequel U.S. Marshals (1998). A similar request by Sela Ward to have her character beaten into a coma instead of being killed, however, was not honored.
The scene where Kimble is running through the St. Patrick's Day parade was not scripted. This was a later addition by Andrew Davis. Davis who is a native of the city, really wanted to capture the parade and was granted permission from the mayor's office to film the day of the parade. All shot with a hand held steady cam.
A train was actually crashed for the movie, although Kimble jumping free was a superimposed image.
Jon Voight and Gene Hackman were both offered the role of Sam Gerard.
Harrison Ford was the first actor to sign on the the film in September 1992 and personally agreed with Andrew Davis directing the film after seeing Under Siege (1992), and being very impressed with the results.
A lot of the film's dialogue is improvised. Jeb Stuart was the final credited writer on the film and was on set during production making up new scenes as needed.
To date the only remake of a regular television series to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Earlier winner Marty (1955) was a remake of a television movie of the week. Later nominee Traffic (2000) was adapted from a television miniseries.
Richard Kimble was played by David Janssen in the original TV series The Fugitive (1963). His mother, Berniece Janssen, is an extra in the courtroom scene. You can spot her behind Harrison Ford's head while they play the 911 call and when he is declared guilty. She is whispering with another woman.
Rather than having to come up with a disguise for Richard Kimble, director Andrew Davis had Harrison Ford start the film with a beard, then shave it off.
Filming began before the script was completed.
According to the DVD commentary, the scene in which the Chicago police interrogate Richard Kimble (Ford) was improvised.
The picture of Richard Kimble on the composite from medical school is actually Harrison Ford's yearbook picture from Ripon College. He (almost) graduated in 1964, nine years before the picture was said to have been from.
Julianne Moore's brief role landed her an interview with Steven Spielberg, who would later cast her in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).
Andrew Davis only had one chance to crash the train in the train scene and had to get it right, so he consulted an array of engineers, stunt doubles, the insurance company, to try to ascertain exactly what would happen. The train was expected to crash into his bus at a speed of 35 miles per hour, but the director was in error. The train came at a speed of 42 miles per hour. Nevertheless, the scene still went exactly as planned.
As of 2012, holds the record with the biggest number of film editors nominated for the Oscar with a total of six editors. Usually, one or two (three at the tops) are nominated.
Dr. Kathy Waylund (played by Jane Lynch) was considered as a love interest for Richard Kimble during production. However, their relation remained platonic, as it would have looked bad for Dr. Kimble to take a new lover while avenging the death of his wife. In addition, it was thought the love scenes would have added considerable length to the film and may have ruined the pacing and tension of the story at that juncture.
A destination indicator on an EL train reads "Kimball" and the next shot tracks over a building that has a sign reading "Harrison" (These are two actual Chicago locations; in addition, there are both subway and EL stops on a Harrison Street).
Harrison Ford had never seen a single episode of the TV series The Fugitive (1963), upon which the film was based.
The credits run over the first 14 minutes of the film.
The film was shot in 73 days and had one of the fastest turn around post-production schedules as the film was pushed up to a release date in August 1993.
Richard Jordan, who was originally cast as Dr. Nichols, actually filmed some scenes with Harrison Ford before he became ill and had to drop out of the picture. These scenes had to be re-shot with Jeroen Krabbé. If you look closely at Krabbé's first scene, Ford's beard looks different because he had to regrow it for the re-shoot.
Tommy Lee Jones reportedly told Joe Pantoliano "It's not like anyone is going to win any awards for this film." However, Tommy Lee Jones won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in the film.
The young boy Kimble treats at Cook County Hospital is played by Joel Robinson. His real name is used in the film, as Kimble refers to him as "Joel," and his full name can briefly be seen when Kimble inspects his chart.
Kimble tells Girard he is in St. Louis, on the phone at an El station. When Renfro is discussing the El train with Sam Gerard and colleagues, he states that St. Louis doesn't have an El. This movie was released one week after St. Louis' light rail system, the MetroLink, first began operation. However, the St Louis train is not elevated.
Walter Hill wanted to direct with Nick Nolte starring, but Nolte reportedly said he was tired with action movies and too old.
The dam used in the exterior shots is Cheoah Dam, Tapoco, Graham County, North Carolina, USA. The dam can be viewed clearly from North Carolina State Highway 129, just north of Tapoco.
The studio and the producers of the film were extremely happy with Andrew Davis' cut of the film, (this was before he finally edited it down to its final running time of two hours and eleven minutes) and told him "It's perfect, don't touch a thing", then Davis made another 1600 edits to the film for pacing and tightening up scenes that needed to be stronger.
The idea to film in Chicago was director Andrew Davis' and the studio give him their blessing and left him alone for the duration of the shoot.
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Some of the newscasters interviewing Gerard are actual newscasters in Chicago.
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The helicopter chase was twice as long in the original preview cut and was edited down about 97 different times for time and pacing.
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Michael Douglas was considered for the role of Richard Kimble in the film's early pre-production stages.
During the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the smiling black man in the hat is Roland Burris, then Attorney General of Illinois, and later became the Junior Senator from Illinois who filled the seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
Both Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones improvised many of their scenes.
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Director Andrew Davis shot a lot of material during production. With a tight deadline between filming - editing - and release, six editors were hired to quickly assemble all the footage that was shot. To speed up the process, Andrew Davis and his team used an AVID editing machine to piece together the film. There were two machines used with three editors at each one, under the supervision of Davis.
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Tommy Lee Jones and Andrew Davis did uncredited writing on the script.
When Kimble is taking the injured boy to surgery, he signs off on the papers. The papers are dated March 15th, which line up accurately with the St. Patrick's Day parade scene 2 days later.
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It proved to be cheaper to use full size locomotives at around $20,000 each rather than creating the scenes using miniatures. As the budget was quite tight, it was impossible to rehearse this key scene - it was a one-shot deal.
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Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones only share three scenes in the entire film where they exchange dialogue. In the tunnel , in the laundry, and in the car.
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Kevin Costner was considered for the role of Richard Kimble.
Ron Dean and Joseph F. Kosala, who play Detective Kelly and Detective Rosetti, worked together in three other films: Code of Silence (1985), Above the Law (1988) and Chain Reaction (1996).
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Neil Flynn later appeared on 'Scrubs (2001)(TV)', in which his character proudly tells people that he appeared in this film.
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During flashbacks to the fund raiser early in the film, a sign for the pharmaceutical company Devlin McGregor mentions their work in pediatric care. In the original The Fugitive (1963), Dr. Kimble had been a pediatrician.
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Ron Dean later appeared in The Dark Knight (2008). Both films won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, for Tommy Lee Jones and Heath Ledger. Both of their characters were based on characters created by Victor Hugo. Gerard was based on Inspector Javert from Les Miserables, the Joker on Gwynplaine from The Man Who Laughs.
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The project was in turnaround at Warner Brothers when the script found its way into Harrison Ford's hands.
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Producer Arnold Kopelson approached Andrew Davis to direct this film and was his personal choice.
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After the train wreck, the local sheriff is upset after Deputy U.S. Marshal Gerard assumes command of the investigation. He tells the assembled crowd that "Wyatt Earp" is taking over. The character of Sheriff Rawlins is played by Nick Searcy who later played Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen on the television series Justified.
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Andreas Katsulas (Sykes) plays in "Murder, She Wrote" episode "A Killing in Vegas" a casino manager (Jerry Pappas). He is presented to Angela Lansbury (Jessica Fletcher) as "the boss of the one-armed bandits".
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An earlier script featured an ending where Kimble was fleeing on an train and Gerrard jumps a car onto the tracks and chases after him. When director Davis came aboard the idea was scrapped as it would have skyrocketed the budget and gone against his mandate of trying to keep things "real".
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The screenplay spent five years in development hell, going through 9 writers and 25 drafts.
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Harrison Ford was always producer Arnold Kopelson's first choice to play Richard Kimble.
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Walter Hill and David Giler both collaborated on a script that was ready for filming in 1990 with Hill slated to direct, but the project was then put into turn around and Hill eventually dropped out of the project altogether soon after.
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Walter Hill dropped out of directing.
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Stephen Frears was considered by the studio to direct this film in the early 90s.
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In the original TV series (1963-1967), Barry Morse played Lt. Philip Gerard. For no accountable reason the name of this character in the movie is changed to Samuel Gerard.
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Director Andrew Davis is a native of Chicago where much of the film is set.
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Lt. Gerard is modeled after Inspector Javert from Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables. Ron Dean later appeared in The Dark Knight (2008), in which The Joker was inspired by Gwynplaine, a character from The Man Who Laughs, also by Victor Hugo. Tommy Lee Jones and Heath Ledger both won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for their performances.
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When Gerrard announces to Sheriff Rawlins that he's taking over the investigation, Rawlins sarcastically calls Gerrard "Wyatt Earp". The famed gunfighter and lawman was appointed a Deputy US Marshall after the infamous Gunfight at the OK Corral.
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The bus Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) is put in is bus number 42, which is the title of the 2012 movie in which Harrison Ford portrays Dodgers Owner, Branch Rickey.
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Harrison Ford also played a surgeon named Richard 5 years ago in the movie Frantic.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

One of the few action films Harrison Ford is in, but doesn't kill anyone.
Before filming began and work was continuing on the script, Andrew Davis consulted his sister (who happens to be a doctor) as to what Kimble would do to get himself sent to jail. Her answer was a drug protocol. This was the essential part of the plot that is revealed briefly during the opening sequences prior to the murder of Helen Kimble (Sela Ward), as Ford meets one of the pharmaceutical moguls (MacGregor) involved with the project. Devlin the other mogul involved is only seen in photographs. This is finally brought to light once Kimble discovers the identity of the One Armed Man and eventually to his friend.
Just before Nichols attempts to open fire on Gerard, Richard assaults Nichols with a metal pipe and saves Gerard's life in the process. Such is the polar opposite of the series finale of the original television series "The Fugitive." In the final episode, Kimble and the one armed man (the only villain responsible for Helen Kimble's death) were fighting in an amusement park. The One-armed man pointed a pistol at Richard only to be gunned down by Gerard just before firing. However, Richard Kimble saved Gerard's life multiple times throughout the series before Gerard repaid the favor.
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The train was not meant to come off the tracks. It was accidental and they just continued to keep the cameras rolling.
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When Kimble calls Nichols to tell him that Devlin-McGregor is behind his wife's murder, Kimble is phoning from the lobby of the University of Chicago's science library (John Crerar Library). Crerar is known for its extensive biomedical texts collection.
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