Kimble is blackmailed into slaving for a physician obsessed with curing a deadly strain of meningitis prevalent in a remote Mexican province. The fugitive put ashore in Mexico, after ... See full summary »
Kimble is blackmailed into slaving for a physician obsessed with curing a deadly strain of meningitis prevalent in a remote Mexican province. The fugitive put ashore in Mexico, after fleeing U.S. police, and swapping places with a departing sailor. The expatriate Dr. Howell will stop at nothing to wipe out his "tiny enemy," but Richard Kimble contests the ethics of Howell's fanatical methods, as a wily local police sergeant closes in on the convicted killer. Written by
[Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble on a beach, seeking a ride with some fisherman heading out to sea]
To Richard Kimble, the Fugitive, a respite of love is brief. The end of love and the necessity of survival - in flight from the numberless enemy - darkness and loneliness are harsh but sheltering friends.
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Kimble, desperate to escape as police close in, meets a friendly sailor who advises him he can get away on a particular fishing boat. Kimble pays some money and agrees to work, but becomes quite ill. The boat drops him at a small Mexican village.
Collapsing at his hotel, Kimble is brought to the clinic of Dr. Howell, played by actor Arthur Hill. In addition to curing Kimble, Dr. Howell is working on an experimental drug treatment for a virulent local strain of meningitis that has killed many people. Knowing Kimble's identity, Dr. Howell persuades Kimble to stay and help. However, Dr. Howell and Dr. Kimble disagree on the ethics of the experimentation. Complications arise from the illness of Dr. Howell, the snooping of a suspicious Mexican policeman, and Kimble's romantic interest in Dr. Morales, played by actress Carol Lawrence.
The ending, involving Kimble's escape, is unusually touching.
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