Movie Review: The Fugitive
On The Run
Drama and Excitement
The drama and excitement in this film was amazing. The directing, acting and production team combined to make this film full of action and intense moments.
The Fugitive's Plot
The Fugitive was released in 1993 and it was based on a television series with the exact same name.
When Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), is convicted of killing his wife and sent to Federal prison, he is being transported, with other prisoners and one of the prisoners made a huge distraction, and caused the bus to wreck. The bus comes to a stop at the worst possible place, railroad tracks. As you guessed, there's a train coming. A few of the people of the crashed bus are still alive and manage to make it out before the train crashes into the bus.
US Marshal Deputy Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), is very hot on his trail and are trying to catch him. It was really an exciting movie from start to finish and was great on the big screen. US Marshals will and do not stop until they catch whoever and whatever they are looking for. So, he can't stop running. If he stops, he will certainly be put in jail. So to escape, Dr. Kimble jumps into the waterfall to escape the Marshal's. The fact that he survives the fall is amazing but, to elude US Marshals, is quite the feat. Not only is Kimble trying to elude the authorities but he is also trying to uncover the truth and prove his Innocence.
Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford are excellent actors and have played in some great movies over the year but, this one has to be one of my personal favorites. This was a great movie to watch at the movie theater as well.
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Cast and Crew
Harrison Ford: Dr. Richard Kimble: Kimble is a fugitive on the run because he escaped jail where he sat convicted of killing his wife.
Tommy Lee Jones: US Marshal Sam Gerard: Deputy Gerard is over the U.S. Marshal team sent to track down Kimble. One of the best performances of Tommy Lee Jones's career.
Andreas Katsulas: Fred Sykes: Sykes is involved in the murder of Kimble's wife and he has one arm missing.
Seal Ward: Helen Kimble: Dr. Kimble's wife who was murdered.
Joe Pantoliano: US Marshall Cosmo Renfro: One of the men who helped Deputy Gerard on their mission to capture Kimble.
Jeroen Krabbe: Dr. Charles Nichols: Nichols is a crooked Doctor who Kimble needs in order to help prove his innocence.
Director: Andrew Davis: Great directing and all the scenes looked very real.
Writer: Roy Huggins: The plot and overall story line was gripping and holds your attention.
Producer: Arnold and Anne Kopelson: The entire production from the music to the scenery was perfect.
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Music and Sound Effects
The soundtrack was released on two discs containing 17 tracks each. La La Land Records released the recordings and the tracks were performed by James Newton Howard.
The music goes great with the film's drama. When the movie shows a very intense action scene the music is very fast paced. When The Fugitive, Dr. Kimble is hiding the music has dark and deep drum beats that perfectly fits the moments.
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Grading The Fugitive
1. Acting: The acting prowess of Jones and Ford was on full display in this memorable movie. Grade: A+
2. Plot: The story line is very believable and it is gripping and keeps you guessing the outcome. Grade: A
3. Directing: The films direction and producing was excellent. All the scenes seem so realistic and the musical score and scenery are very well placed in this film. Grade: B+
4. Drama: The dramatic moments in this movie are really something to behold especially when it shows the murder of Dr. Kimble's wife. Grade: B+
5. Action: The film has some great action scenes especially when Dr. Kimble dives head first off a huge waterfall to avoid being captured while on the run. Grade: A
Tommy Lee Jones is the U.S. Marshal
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The Fugitive: Facts and Awards
1. The Fugitive stayed six weeks atop the U.S. Box Office.
2. Tommy Lee Jones won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
3. British Academy Film Awards awarded The Fugitive the Best Sounds Award.
4. ASCAP Film and TV Awards honored The Fugitive with The Top Box Office Film Award.
5. Tommy Lee Jones won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
6. Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones won the Best Onscreen Duo Award at the MTV Movie Awards.
7. The film grossed nearly 24 million in it's opening weekend at the theaters.
8. The films worldwide total revenue is over 368,000,000.
Location of The Fugitive (Chicago)
Harrison Ford is Dr. Richard Kimbell.
This was a great film with Tommy Lee Jones doing a fantastic job playing as a hard nosed U.S. Marshal and Harrison Ford was excellent as well as the fugitive on the run. The intensity never let's up which makes it very dramatic and the action scenes such as the train wrecking into the prison bus are unbelievable. The film even has a sequel which is called U.S. Marshals and Tommy Lee Jones reprises his same role from The Fugitive although he is after Wesley Snipes rather than Harrison Ford in this version. Overall, I would rank this film a 9 out of 10.
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