The Fugitive

1993

The Fugitive

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.

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Simmons
as 11 District Cop
Richard Riehle
as Old Guard
Nick Kusenko
as Assistant Defense Attorney
Tony Fosco
as Second Chicago Cop
Tom Galouzis
as Surgeon
John E. Ellis
as Anesthesiologist
Gene Barge
as Eleventh District Cop
Thomas C. Simmons
as Eleventh District Cop
Joseph Guzaldo
as Prosecutor
Dick Cusack
as Walter Gutherie
Joan Kohn
as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
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 Trooper
Kevin Crowley
as State Trooper
Jane Lynch
as Doctor Kathy Wahlund
Michael James
as Head Welder
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
Bill Cusack
as Tracing Technician
Drucilla A. Carlson
as Gerard's Secretary
David Y. Hodges
as Marshal David
Margaret Moore
as Nichols' Assistant
Juan Ramírez
as Man on "El"
Lillie Richardson
as Copeland's Girlfriend
Joe Guzaldo
as Prosecutor
Tighe Barry
as Windshield Washer
Monika Chabrowski
as Polish Landlady
John M. Watson Sr.
as Bones Roosevelt
Lonnie Sima
as Landlady's Son
Oksana Fedunyszyn
as Myoelectric Receptionist
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  • Working from a tight script by Jeb Stuart and David Twohy, director Andrew Davis has fashioned a crackling, intelligent thriller.

    Aug 19, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 29, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • For dynamite suspense loaded with thrills and wicked fun, you can't beat The Fugitive.

    Jul 29, 2013 | Full Review…
  • I've already seen The Fugitive twice. I'll probably see it again.

    Jul 29, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Thoroughly engaging, edge-of-the-seat entertainment.

    Jul 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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