Strangely this great movie is somehow forgotten now. Based on a 1960 TV show it is the story of Dr. Richard Kimble who is framed for the murder of his wife and convicted to the death sentence. While being transferred to the prison an accident happens and he could escape. He wants to proof his innocence and find the real murder. Because a murder is on the run a specialist in form of US marshal Samuel Gerard and his team are assigned to capture him as soon as possible. This is the set up for the movie. The story is amazing. Dr. Kimble tries to find the truth while being hunted by Samuel Gerard. It is a cat and mouse game while also being a murder mystery. It is a timeless story of an innocent that wants to find the true culprit while everything is against him. Everyone can relate to this. Also who does not like a (murder) mystery or investigator who asks the right questions / finds inconveniences. I stop here before it gets too much into spoiler territory. Lets say the movie is enjoyable from start to finish. A big part of this are the lead roles. Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble is amazing. He nails his character and emotional struggles. Tommy Lee Jones as marshal Samuel Gerard might even be better. He was truly good and reprises this role later on in another movie. Those 2 enhance the movie. I should also praise the whole cast and team as I see no misstep and found each character believable if not even truly good. All did a great job and I include of cause director Andrew Davis and writers David Twohy and Jeb Stuart. The score by James Newton Howard is also great. It is a bit sneakingly as I noticed only at rewatching how fitting and enhancing it was. Overall this is another easy recommendation and classic. I give a 10/10 and say it is a must see as it is well crafted, acted and effective.
It's a pleasure to find a thriller fulfilling its duties with such gusto: the emotions ring solid, the script finds time to relax into backchat, and for once the stunts look like acts of desperation rather than shows of prowess.
Most big-screen adaptations of small-screen fare seek to discover some deeper - or, at least, more complex - implications of the material. But in this new Fugitive, the filmmakers have taken just the opposite approach.
The Fugitive is a action thriller but it's also a mystery film... Directed in 1993 by Andrew Davis The Fugitive stars Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones and Julianne Moore.... Doctor Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) is found guilty of his wife's murder but during transportation something happens and the prisoners on board escape including Doctor Richard Kimble who is now an escaped fugitive and Tommy Lee Jones plays a U.S Marshall who must hunt him down. Following clues Tommy Lee Jones tracks down Richard Kimble (Ford) and a big chase ensues whilst Doctor Richard Kimble (Ford) is trying to find the real killer and clear his name and the real killer in question uses a prosthetic arm. Full of great action scenes, chases, violence and possible bad language The Fugitive delivers and remains one of the greatest films ever made thankfully to great acting performances by Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Only bad thing about The Fugitive is how small and insignificant Julianne Moore's role was but besides that it's perfect in all departments from the directing all the way down to the story and acting and anybody who writes a review of The Fugitive saying Harrison Ford's acting was horrible obviously must be on drugs because his acting in The Fugitive was top draw. I've seen films with Harrison Ford that are bad and believe me, The Fugitive isn't one of them! I've seen many great films from Harrison Ford such as Witness, Frantic, Clear and Present Danger, The Devil's Own, Blade Runner, etc and The Fugitive is another of his great films. Anybody who finds it crap, boring or his acting horrible obviously doesn't appreciate a good film.
Rewatching this classic, it's good to try to discern what makes it so good. Casting was perfect, the music is very strong, all performances flawless. A real narrative thread, every shot is relevant. At 2 hours there is no fat on this movie, but advancing character development in perfect balance with plot. Every character faces a moral dilemma of whether to protect Kimble or not, some protect him out of self interest, some out of morality, those that report or pursue him do so out of duty balanced with moral interest. In modern Machiavellian times, I cannot imagine characters with such luxurious morals being viewed as anything but idiots. I think the difference is that people in the movie feel confident they won't be prosecuted for helping Kimble, that they live in a society which would not persecute them for their morals. That is a wonderful fiction I would love to live in. The roots of corruption are present, in a corrupt pharmaceutical industry, but an overall moral society, how wonderful. I recently read about the guy who inspired the Fugitive: his name is Sam Sheppard and his story was nuts, mom committed suicide same week dad died of cancer, same week he was sentenced, he did 15 years, volunteered to be injected with cancer in jail, got out, they gave his medical license back he killed two women in surgery, became a pro wrestler married a **** drank himself to death, all by age 45 !!!!! They determined who killed his wife, some window washer guy. he deserves a movie.
Poor possibility of story to happen like this in real world .
No way .
In real world it cannot happen like that .
Because each time he has best available luck to stay alive and not get caught by police .