The Fugitive (1993)

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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, All Movie Guide


  • Harrison Ford
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Sela Ward
  • Julianne Moore
  • Joe Pantoliano
  • Andreas Katsulas
  • Jeroen Krabbé
  • Daniel Roebuck
  • L. Scott Caldwell
  • Tom Wood

Did You Know?


  • Harrison Ford had never seen a single episode of the television series The Fugitive (1963), upon which the film was based.
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  • When the prison transport crashes, and falls down the hill, Kimble can be seen without handcuffs, but after the bus stops, he asks the guard to uncuff him.
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    • Sheriff Rawlins: Okay boys, gather around here and listen up. We're shuttin' it down, Wyatt Earp's here to mop up.
    • Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: That's funny. "Wyatt Earp."
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A tense, taut and expert thriller that becomes something more than that, an allegory about an innocent man in a world prepared to crush him.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I've already seen The Fugitive twice. I'll probably see it again.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The Fugitive is the best movie of the summer and one of the best of the year. It's an action film that delivers everything a modern audience expects, and it's also a serious drama with strong characters and intense performances. [6 Aug 1993, p.C1]

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle