The Fugitive (1947)

The Fugitive (1947)




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The Fugitive was shot on location in Mexico by that country's premiere cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa. Henry Fonda plays a Christ-like priest in an unnamed Latin-American country where religion has been outlawed. Though incognito in a backwater village, Fonda cannot help but seem more spiritual and mystical than those around him. Meanwhile, another fugitive, homicidal-bandit Ward Bond, stumbles into the village. Bond and the beautiful Dolores del Rio, whose illegitimate child has been secretly baptized by Fonda, conspire to help the priest escape. Once Fonda is on safe ground, he is implored by police spy J. Carroll Naish to return to the village, ostensibly because Bond is dying and wishes to have last rites. Fonda is captured and sentenced to death, but is willing to forgive the repentant Naish for betraying him. The priest dies a martyr, and the outpouring of public grief proves to the authorities that simply outlawing religion will never subjugate the hearts and minds of the people.
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Henry Fonda
as Fugitive
Mel Ferrer
as Father Serra
Miguel Inclan
as Hostage
Ward Bond
as El Gringo
Dolores Del Rio
as Indian Woman
John Qualen
as Doctor
Robert Armstrong
as Police Sergeant
Pedro Armendáriz
as Lieutenant of Police
Fortunio Bonanova
as Governor's Cousin
Leo Carrillo
as Chief of Police
José Torvay
as Mexican
Chris-Pin Martin
as Organ Player
J. Carroll Naish
as Police Spy
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Critic Reviews for The Fugitive

All Critics (7)

John Ford's The Fugitive is as beautiful a film as was ever lensed.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

John Ford has made a moody, grim film out of Greene's novel, feature a strong performance by Henry Fonda.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011

Unusual, rarely seen John Ford minor classic with Fonda.

April 23, 2007

Turgid, slow moving, lacking in dramatic tension, too grating and simplistic in its obvious religious symbols, and losing its moral urgency from the novel.

Full Review… | May 16, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

John Ford’s underrated adaptation of Catholic novelist Graham Greene's masterpiece The Power and the Glory… softens and conventionalizes Greene's difficult parable, but still packs spiritual punch.

Full Review… | May 30, 2003
Decent Films Guide

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Full Review… | February 24, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Fugitive

Solid performance all around, just nothing stand out about this at all. Fonda seems oddly cast, but he pulls it off fairly well. I would have liked to have seen them go with a much weaker personality to fit the character.

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

Said to be Ford's favorite, of his own films. while I may not share his sentiment entirely, this is definitely a must for Ford fans. Fonda turns in another dynamite performance and Ford's cinematography is breathtaking as usual.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

contrary to what its own director said this is by no means a perfect film, or a great one, but I can see how people would feel either way (some seem to despise its overbearing symbolism and some respond strongly for that reason). For me, it's often well-directed and usually well acted (Fonda, as usual with Ford, is terrific) somber thriller that is preachy and sentimental but has moments that pack a dramatic punch.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

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