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The Fugitive (1993)

The Fugitive


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 67
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Exhilarating and intense, this high-impact chase thriller is a model of taut and efficient formula filmmaking, and it features Harrison Ford at his frantic best.

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: Exhilarating and intense, this high-impact chase thriller is a model of taut and efficient formula filmmaking, and it features Harrison Ford at his frantic best.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 264,948


Movie Info

This 1993 box-office smash partly adheres to the 1960s TV series on which it is based and partly goes off on several tangents of its own. Harrison Ford stars as Dr. Richard Kimble, convicted of murdering his wife. While being transferred to prison by bus, Kimble is involved in a spectacular bus-train collision (one of the best of its kind ever filmed). Surviving the disaster, Kimble escapes, vowing to track down the elusive professional criminal whom he holds responsible for the murder. Dogging … More

PG-13 (for a murder and other action sequences in an adventure setting)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Jeb Stuart , David Giler , Walter Hill , Robert Mark Kamen , David Twohy
In Theaters:
Nov 24, 1998
Warner Bros. Pictures


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Critic Reviews for The Fugitive

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (3) | DVD (25)

Working from a tight script by Jeb Stuart and David Twohy, director Andrew Davis has fashioned a crackling, intelligent thriller.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The film is little more than a well-oiled machine that serves a strictly limited function, but like a precision timepiece, it is a thing to marvel at, even under close scrutiny.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

For dynamite suspense loaded with thrills and wicked fun, you can't beat The Fugitive.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

I've already seen The Fugitive twice. I'll probably see it again.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Thoroughly engaging, edge-of-the-seat entertainment.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

While there are actors in this film, there isn't much room for acting. The rapid editing and near-absence of dialogue reduces the actors to action figures with colorful labels pasted on their foreheads.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

In many ways The Fugitive represents the pinnacle of a genre not much in style any more: the suspense/action picture.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013

Directed for maximum impact by Andrew Davis, this contains enough suspenseful set-pieces, clever red herrings and spectacular stuntwork to satisfy most thriller aficionados, yet what really makes the movie work are the performances by Ford and Jones.

Full Review… | September 21, 2013
Creative Loafing

An action film heavyweight and purely excellent masterpiece...

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Andrew Davis provides some memorable set-pieces in this impressive adaptation of the '60s TV series.;

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Total Film

Just when you thought the movies had been given over to special effects departments and the high-tech fantasies that sustain them, along comes The Fugitive -- a good, old-fashioned drama with unsettling shivers of suspense.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ford is fine as the innocent surgeon who is wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife and sets off to find the real killer. But the movie is stolen from under his nose by Tommy Lee Jones, who gives an Oscar-winning performance.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Radio Times

No fewer than six editors stitched his shots together, giving the most hard-hitting scenes a furious rhythm that contributes greatly to their impact.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Christian Science Monitor

The Fugitive runs hard and true the whole way through.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Baltimore Sun

A sparkling suspense picture.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News

The film treats this profoundly preposterous plot as if it were a serious idea.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
People Magazine

Heart-pounding thriller with great acting.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Fugitive


The perfect blend of action and drama.

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Somewhat based off of the 1960s TV series, this is the story of Dr. Richard Kimble, a vascular surgeon accused of murdering his wife, He claims a one-armed man did it, and, after surviving a spectacular crash during a prison transfer, Kimble escapes and goes on the run to cleat his name, and find out who actually committed the crime, and why. Things aren't so easy though, because hot on his trail is a determined team of U.S. Marshals, lead by the relentless Deputy Sam Gerard.

This is hands down one of the finest, most intelligent, and gripping action/suspense thrillers out there. The characters are well written, developed, and compelling, their motivations are clearly defined, the basic story, though simple, is imminently engaging and watchable, and the execution, primarily Andrew Davis's direction, is just top notch.

This is more than just a chase movie. It's a study of determination and perseverance. These are just great characters to watch, and whether it is Kimble, or Gerard and his team, you want to see them complete their goal. I saw this movie many times as a kid, mostly because it took multiple viewings (especially at a young age) to really understand some of the finer points and nuance. The other times though, it was just to marvel at the top notch movie making.

The stunts and chases are great, and I love the use of mainly practical effects and actual vehicles, like the train. That scene alone is just phenomenal. Top have it just be one of several stand out set pieces is an incredibly unbelievable treat. Speaking of treats, it's also a joy to see small roles filled by Julianne Moore (on the verge of mega stardom), and Jane Lynch, who was definitely appearing here before she became well known.

The acting is wonderful, with both Ford and Jones giving some of their best work. Jones got an Oscar for his portrayal of Gerard, and, while I do think it's a great performance, I don't know if he really deserved an Oscar. Also, this film, for better or worse, really got him typecast too.

All in all, this is a superb thriller, and one of the best of both the 90s overall, and it's specific genre. Yeah, the rewatch value is debatable, and it sucks that the sequel wasn't quite to this level, but I'm just thankful that this film exists at all, as it is a wonderful reminder of how great the result can be when love, care, and effort are put into what could have been a generic thriller.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Harrison is brilliant in this movie. Great storyline about a doctor who is framed for his wife's murder. He escapes from a prison van during a road accident and goes on the run to find the real killer. Great cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Harrison Ford is one of those actors who can take any role, no matter how ridiculous it is, and turn it into something worth watching. He works in every movie he's in and The Fugitive is no exception. In The Fugitive, Ford plays Dr. Richard Kimble who is accused of killing his wife, even though he didn't do it. The movie focuses him on the run from the police, lead by U.S. Marshall Samuel Gerard. Gerard is completely intent on capturing Kimble and the only thing he wants is him in the hands of the law, not even caring about what Kimble has to say. The acting by the two leads is great. Even though Ford is on the run, you're still on his side and I actually sympathized for him because he's really a nice guy deep down and Ford does a superb job of conveying that. Tommy Lee Jones plays Gerard and he's just awesome. You don't really have to listen to him when he says he wants to capture Kimble because you can see it in the way he acts and speaks. Jones deserves credit for pulling that off. The action scenes in the movie are very intense. The scene where the bus crashes on the train tracks is handled with great special effects and it's actually suspenseful. The most intense scene for me is the scene where Gerard is chasing Kimble in the dam. No matter how many times I watch that scene, it always has me glued to the screen. The film also has unexpected plot twists that M. Night Shamalamadingdong couldn't even dream of. After seeing the movie, I found out it's actually a spin off of TV series in the 60's. Since I've never seen the show, I couldn't analyze as to whether or not the film stayes true to source material. Regardless, I still probably wouldn't have minded had it changed stuff. The Fugitive is one of the best action movies ever made in my opinion, I loved the cast, I loved the intensity, it kept me on the edge of my seat, the characters were perfectly crafted and acted and it's an all around brilliantly directed film.

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

The Fugitive Quotes

Deputy US Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Listen up, ladies and gentlemen! Our fugitive has been on the run for 90 minutes. Average foot speed over uneven ground, barring injury, is 4 miles an hour which gives us a radius of 6 miles! What I want out of each and every one of you is a hard target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at 15 miles! Our fugitive's name is Dr. Richard Kimble. Go get him.
– Submitted by Daniel R (14 months ago)
Dr. Richard Kimble:
Prison sucks. I have to escape.
– Submitted by Jesse K (22 months ago)
Dr. Richard Kimble:
I didn't kill anybody. Leave me alone!
– Submitted by Jesse K (22 months ago)
Doctor at Bar:
Cancun, Richard.
– Submitted by Tony A (2 years ago)
Dr. Richard Kimble:
I didn't kill my wife.
Deputy US Marshal Samuel Gerard:
I don't care.
– Submitted by Jimmy B (2 years ago)
Deputy US Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Why did Richard Kimble kill his wife?
Detective Kelly:
He did it for the money.
Deputy US Marshal Samuel Gerard:
What do you mean, he did it for the money? He's a doctor. He's already rich.
Detective Kelly:
But she was more rich.
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)

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