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The Fugitive (1993)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 6 August 1993 (USA)
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Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt led by a seasoned U.S. Marshal.

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Andrew Davis

Writers:

Jeb Stuart (screenplay), David Twohy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Dr. Richard Kimble
Tommy Lee Jones ... Samuel Gerard
Sela Ward ... Helen Kimble
Julianne Moore ... Dr. Anne Eastman
Joe Pantoliano ... Cosmo Renfro
Andreas Katsulas ... Sykes
Jeroen Krabbé ... Dr. Charles Nichols (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Daniel Roebuck ... Biggs
L. Scott Caldwell ... Poole
Tom Wood ... Newman
Ron Dean ... Detective Kelly
Joseph F. Kosala Joseph F. Kosala ... Detective Rosetti (as Joseph Kosala)
Miguel Nino Miguel Nino ... Chicago Cop #1
John Drummond John Drummond ... Newscaster
Tony Fosco Tony Fosco ... Chicago Cop #2
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Storyline

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. Written by John Wiggins

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A murdered wife. A one-armed man. An obsessed detective. The chase begins.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a murder and other action sequences in an adventure setting | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Robert Mark Kamen, David Newman, David Giler, and Walter Hill all contributed to the script. See more »

Goofs

It is mentioned that several other cities have an "El" (Elevated) train system. Milwaukee is incorrectly included on the list. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Detective Kelly: Come on Doc.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the lead actors' first names are shown in large letters, then flip over to separately show their last names. "Harrison" flips over to become "Ford", "Tommy Lee" flips over to becomes "Jones". See more »

Alternate Versions

In the 2001 DVD release, a crew member's face has been digitally removed from the train-wreck aftermath. In previous transfers of the film, a crew members's face is looking back at the camera when Kimble peers up at the train wreck from the creek. This error has resurfaced on the Blu-ray version. See more »

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Referenced in Community: Contemporary Impressionists (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Thrill Is Gone
(1951)
Written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell
Performed by B.B. King and Bobby Bland
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Great thriller
26 June 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Harrison Ford is "The Fugitive" in this 1993 version of the popular television series. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones as Gerard, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore and Joe Pantoliano. For you young 'uns out there, "The Fugitive" TV show starring David Janssen was based on the 1954 Sam Sheppard case, the subject itself of 10 books and two movies. Dr. Sheppard. accused of murdering his wife, claimed to have seen a "bushy-haired man" at the scene. It was a landmark case, resulting in the creation of the "change of venue" motion.

The film "The Fugitive" keeps the basics: Dr. Richard Kimble, en route to prison to await execution for the murder of his wife (Ward), escapes after a terrible accident. On his trail from the beginning is a U.S. Marshall, Sam Gerard. Both men have way above average intelligence, so while Gerard is able to get close, Kimble always eludes him. After stealing clothes, shaving his beard and dying his hair, Kimble goes to the hospital where he worked and gets into the computer database to find the one-armed man. He knows he injured the man's arm in a fight, and repair of the arm would have necessitated a visit.

This is a real on the edge of your seat thriller, with an absolutely spectacular beginning sequence that grabs the audience and doesn't let go. In the TV series, the one-armed man is an intruder; here, a different storyline has been added, and it's quite good. One of my favorite parts occurs when Kimble, disguised as a janitor at the hospital, overhears an incorrect diagnosis for a young boy. Because the ER is so busy and there is no one available, he's asked to take the child to another floor. While doing so, he conducts his own quick examination and writes a change of orders; the boy ends up in surgery. The OR doc (Moore) catches Kimble looking at the child's x-ray, and when she learns the boy never arrived at his destination, alerts security. Gerard asks her later, "What happened to the boy?" "He saved his life," Moore says.

Both Ford and Jones are at the top of their games and very well matched, Jones bringing a lot of humor to his role as the determined Gerard. Ford looks a little like the Ape Man in the beginning with all the facial hair; as Kimble, he's sympathetic and his desperation and determination are more internalized than Gerard's.

It wasn't until 1998 that DNA evidence finally exonerated Sheppard, who was released in 1966 after a retrial (in the original trial, the judge told reporter Dorothy Kilgallen that Sheppard was guilty). Sheppard died in 1970, his life ruined. Fifty years after the case, it continues to influence courtroom proceedings and inspire books and films. This "Fugitive" is particularly excellent.


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Release Date:

6 August 1993 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,758,855, 8 August 1993

Gross USA:

$183,875,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$368,875,760
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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