The Fugitive


The Fugitive

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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


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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Critic Reviews for The Fugitive

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (3)

  • Call something a "real train wreck" and it's considered a put-down. Not in this fast-track, no-stops chase movie with a massive train-wreck scene that's going to have audiences scrambling for cover.

    Aug 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for The Fugitive

  • Jul 03, 2016
    A very well told gripping film from start to finish, Brilliantly acted by Ford and Jones, Very well told story but it's too predictable and we all know how it was going to end, But it's one of Fords best films outside of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    A huge thrill ride! The Fugitive is a successful example of how to do a chase thriller right with memorable performances by Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, smart script and a good use of location. Watch this movie now, if you don't like this film.... I don't care!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2015
    The Fugitive isn't only a thriller that makes your heart beat out of your chest. It is also the kind that makes you think. Still, Tommy Lee Jones didn't deserve the Oscar for this film. DiCaprio was robbed.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2013
    The Fugitive is most likely the most recognizable film that Schindler's List tossed aside while cruising to its Best Picture win, as well as being the recipient of the Oscar that probably should have gone to Ralph Fiennes's mesmerizing Amon Goeth of the same movie (even though Tommy Lee Jones was fantastic in this). Going with that, this movie must be very good. And good it is, perhaps even great, but it is not the king of thrillers of the last 20 years that people may say. The biggest problem I have with the Fugitive is simply that I feel it is slightly long. Its premise and plot is intriguing, but not in depth enough to handle a run time of this caliber. Take off twenty minutes or so, and you've got a fast, breathless thriller that runs smoothly. Instead, the 130 minutes it stands up to makes you feel a little worn out by the end, and not in the good way that it should. Other than that, this is an entertaining chase flick. Harrison Ford does his usual action hero thing and Jones is, as I said, fantastic. Besides those two leading the acting charge, there's really nobody else to stand out. Julianne Moore does less than her character does in the movie, and Jorean Krabbe, once a mediocre Bond villain, makes for a mediocre role here as well. However, Ford's and Jones's presence are more than enough to make up for any shortcomings from their screen companions. In addition, the action scenes are well shot and succeed in giving the film some momentum when things get dull during the length. While not one of the most incredible thrillers out there, and perhaps not worthy of a Best Picture nomination, The Fugitive does its job to entertain you, even if the length may not keep things movie quite as fast as it should. "I didn't kill my wife!" "I don't care!"
    Drew O Super Reviewer

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