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Three Fugitives (1989)

A reformed bank robber is taken hostage by a desperate man during a bank hold up, but is forced to go on the run with his captor when they're both mistakenly thought to be in cahoots.

Director:

Francis Veber

Writer:

Francis Veber

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Lucas
Martin Short ... Ned Perry
Sarah Rowland Doroff Sarah Rowland Doroff ... Meg Perry
James Earl Jones ... Dugan
Alan Ruck ... Tener
Kenneth McMillan ... Horvath
David Arnott David Arnott ... Bank Teller
Bruce McGill ... Charlie
Lee Garlington ... Woman Cop
Sy Richardson ... Tucker
Rocky Giordani ... Bowles
Rick Hall ... Dog Handler
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Guard at Prison
Stanley Brock ... Release Sergeant
John Procaccino ... Highway Patrolman
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Storyline

On his first day after being released from jail for 14 armed bank robberies, Lucas finds himself caught up in someone else's robbery. Perry has decided to hold up the local bank to raise money so that he can keep his daughter, Meg, and get her the treatment she needs. Dugan, a detective, assumes Lucas helped plan the robbery, and hence Lucas, Perry and Meg become three fugitives. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

They rob banks. She steals hearts.

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Bankentrio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,590,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Nick Nolte's character was previously played by Gérard Depardieu. Depardieu also appeared in Boudu (2005), a remake of Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932), while Nolte appeared in Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), as the American version of Depardieu's character. See more »

Goofs

Meg's hand on Lucas's shoulder changes when he is telling her goodbye near the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Ned Perry: [after putting a teddy bear inside his dress to look like a pregnant woman] This is gonna be one really surprised obstetrician...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 11 secs to remove two uses of 'fuck' in order for the film to receive a PG certificate. All later releases were uncut and the certificate raised to 15. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Fugitives (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Living in the City
Written and Performed by Gary Mallaber and Glenn Sherba
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No need to run away from this one
17 November 2001 | by GeofbobSee all my reviews

This is not as bad or as unfunny a movie as some IMDb posters make out. The central situation of Lucas (Nick Nolte), a tough, professional heist-meister, being taken hostage by Perry (Martin Short), a bungling first-time bank robber, is pleasingly ridiculous. In particular, Perry's antics in the early bank robbery scenes are laugh-out-loud funny; as is Lucas's later violent entry into the bar where Perry is being held prisoner. The section towards the end, when Perry is disguised as a woman is also reasonably amusing. The scenes between Lucas and Perry's daughter (Sarah Rowland Doroff), are quite touching, when they could easily have been been sickly sentimental. (It helps that the little girl is supposed to have a psychological problem, so she hardly speaks.)

On the downside, there are undoubtedly soggy patches in the middle of the film, including the scene where James Earl Jones and Alan Ruck, as the two policemen leading the chase for Perry and Lucas, find it hilariously funny that Lucas was treated for a gunshot wound by a crazy vet who thought he was a dog. Another defect is the whiny music, which is repetitive and irritating.

All in all, this may not be a film to spend much money on, but is worth watching if it turns up on TV.


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