A young man accidentally kills the driver of a Jeep Kimble is riding in. Kimble gets away, but is later captured by Gerard in a remote cabin. But the real danger is from the boy's father ...
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A young man accidentally kills the driver of a Jeep Kimble is riding in. Kimble gets away, but is later captured by Gerard in a remote cabin. But the real danger is from the boy's father who is determined to protect his son, no matter what. Written by
A Dude Named Dude
[Closing Narration. Viewers see Sheriff Bilson about to question Steve Keller]
Even for the guilty, there is relief when the truth is known.
[Viewers see Richard Kimble, having escaped, stumble along a back country road]
But for Richard Kimble, the truth that will free him lies somewhere ahead over the next horizon, beyond the next town, at another place, at another time.
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There's not that much genius in the stroke here. Beau Bridges plays a young man admiring his new gun who shoots is off and accidentally shoots a beloved local minister in a passing car. The minister has just picked up a hitchhiker: Richard Kimble. The vehicle crashes and Kimble runs away, the minister being dead with a hole in his head and the police presumably on the way. Bridge's father, (Telly Savalas) wants to protect his son's bright future by leaving immediately on a fishing trip and pretending they had already left so the stranger will be blamed for the death.(Surely they can tell it was a rifle shot?). Beau wants to confess. It becomes too late to leave anyway. Savalas decides to volunteer for the manhunt, (that's the stroke of genius). He thinks he knows where Kimble is hiding out- and he's right. He wants to get to him first.
Meanwhile Gerard has been called in. He does some investigating of his own and tracks Kimble down shortly after Savalas finds him. Savalas tells Kimble that if he gives Gerard any information that will implicate his son, he'll kill them both.
What sets this one part is the much changed relationship between Kimble and Gerard. Kimble keeps his mouth shut about Savalas' son to save both of them and in the end prevents Savalas from shooting Gerard. Gerard is solicitous of Kimble's health, helping to bind his wounds from the car crash. Ironically, Gerard has to prove Kimble innocent of this killing because the local Sheriff insists he will be tried for it, (and perhaps executed there), before Gerard can have him. Gerard insists "Kimble has never killed anybody while trying to escape!" He's just not the type.
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