Lacking the dinos of JURASSIC PARK, the three-dimensional hero of IN THE LINE OF FIRE, or the seductive slickness of RISING SUN, THE FUGITIVE nevertheless emerged as one of the biggest hits of the 1993 summer season, proving Harrison Ford's virtual indestructability at the box office and
vindicating the trend of turning TV shows into movies.
Building on the premise of the 60s TV series, THE FUGITIVE opens with Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) being convicted of killing his wife, despite his claims that he witnessed a one-armed man commit the murder. A bungled escape attempt by fellow convicts allows Kimble to get away and start a
hunt for the real killer, while he himself is doggedly tracked by US Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones). Though the film tries to grow into a conspiracy thriller involving a corrupt pharmaceutical company, that's one of its weaker points. The story is really just an excuse to put the two men
through an ingenious series of chases, in settings ranging from a maze of flood drains to a St. Patrick's Day parade.
The action varies from a show-stopping train/bus wreck of Schwarzeneggerian proportions, to some more ironically staged pursuits which throw a welcome dash of "Tom and Jerry" into the mix. As the not-so-bad bad guy, Tommy Lee Jones gets all the best lines and delivers them superbly. Harrison Ford
mostly just runs and fights, but that's O.K. Running, after all, is what fugitives are supposed to do. leave a comment