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The Fugitive (1993)

The Fugitive (1993)

The Fugitive



Critic 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.

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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 the fugitive every foot of the way is U.S. marshal Sam Gerard (an Oscar-winning turn by Tommy Lee Jones), who announces his intention to search "every whorehouse, doghouse, and outhouse" to bring Kimble to justice. Unlike his dour TV-series counterpart Barry Morse, Jones plays the role with a sardonic sense of humor: when a cornered Kimble screams, "I didn't kill my wife," Gerard shrugs and famously replies, "I don't care." Once the premise has been established, scripters Jeb Stuart and David Twohy and director Andrew Davis pull off several audacious plot twists, ranging from Kimble's rendezvous with a sympathetic lab technician to a jaw-dropping dive into a huge waterfall. The second half of the film offers one surprise after another (including the true identity of the murderer), brilliantly avoiding the letdown that plagues many movie adaptations of old TV series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for a murder and other action sequences in an adventure setting)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Twohy, Jeb Stuart, David Giler, Walter Hill, Robert Mark Kamen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 1998
Warner Bros. Pictures


Harrison Ford
as Dr. Richard Kimble
Tommy Lee Jones
as Samuel Gerard
Sela Ward
as Helen Kimble
Julianne Moore
as Dr. Anne Eastman
Joe Pantoliano
as Cosmo Renfro
Jeroen Krabbé
as Dr. Charles Nichols
Tom Wood
as Newman
Ron Dean
as Det. Kelly
Joseph Kosala
as Det. Rosetti
Joseph F. Fisher
as Otto Sloan
David Darlow
as Dr. Lentz
Andy Romano
as Judge Bennett
Nick Searcy
as Sheriff Rawlins
Miguel Nino
as First Chicago Cop
John Drummond
as Newscaster
Thomas Charles Simmo...
as 11 District Cop
Richard Riehle
as Old Guard
Nick Kusenko
as Assistant Defense At...
Tony Fosco
as Second Chicago Cop
Tom Galouzis
as Surgeon
John E. Ellis
as Anesthesiologist
Gene Barge
as Eleventh District Co...
Thomas C. Simmons
as Eleventh District Co...
Joseph Guzaldo
as Prosecutor
Dick Cusack
as Walter Gutherie
Joan Kohn
as Assistant Prosecutin...
Joe D. Lauck
as Forensic Technician
Thom Vernon
as Carlson
Ken Moreno
as Partida
Frank Ray Perilli
as Jail Officer
Otis Wilson
as Jail Officer
Pancho Demmings
as Young Guard
Jim Wilkey
as Bus Driver
Danny Goldring
as Head Illinois State ...
Kevin Crowley
as State Trooper
Michael James
as Head Welder
Jane Lynch
as Doctor Kathy Wahlund
Alex P. Hernandez
as Trauma Doctor
Michael Skewes
as Highway Patrolman
Joel Robinson
as Boy Patient
Cheryl Lynn Bruce
as O.R. Doctor
Linda Casaletto
as Rural Hospital Nurse
Cody Glenn
as Paramedic
Ann Whitney
as Myoelectric Director
David Pasquesi
as Newscaster
Cynthia Baker
as Woman in Car
Johnny Lee Davenport
as Marshal Henry
Brent Shaphren
as Doctor at Bar
Mike Bacarella
as Marshal Stevens
B.J. Jones
as Doctor at Bar
Drucilla A. Carlson
as Gerard's Secretary
Bill Cusack
as Tracing Technician
David Y. Hodges
as Marshal David
Margaret Moore
as Nichols' Assistant
Juan Ramírez
as Man on "El"
Lillie Richardson
as Copeland's Girlfrien...
Joe Guzaldo
as Prosecutor
Tighe Barry
as Windshield Washer
John M. Watson Sr.
as Bones Roosevelt
Monika Chabrowski
as Polish Landlady
Lonnie Sima
as Landlady's Son
Oksana Fedunyszyn
as Myoelectric Receptio...
Margaret Moore
as Nichols' Assistant
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Critic Reviews for The Fugitive

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (18)

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

Audience Reviews for The Fugitive

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

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