Dr. Richard Kimble: I thought you didn't care?
Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: I don't.[laughs]
Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: Don't tell anybody, OK?
A murdered wife. A one-armed man. An obsessed detective. The chase begins.
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of killing his wife, must find the real one-armed killer, uncover a secret conspiracy/revelation and betrayal while avoiding Marshal Sam Gerard.
Harrison Ford: Dr. Richard David Kimble.
Harrison is remarkable in this as the Doctor who is put on a false charge, sentenced to death and goes on the run. He plays Kimble with finesse and intelligence with charismatic moralistic temperament. Iconic.
Tommy Lee Jones: Marshal Samuel Gerard. Jones was born to play a marshal, he compliment's ford character as they become entangled in a game of cat and mouse. One of those roles that sticks in your memory. Jones makes it stick in your mind like a burning smoking poker.
Look out for a young Julianne Moore as Dr. Anne Eastman.
For me the definition of Chase movies. This is a thrill ride that has your heart thumping start to finish. One of my fave films and for good reason.Tommy Lee Jones, who did pick up an Oscar, is the U.S. Marshall( Sam Gerard) who is bent on catching the escaped Kimble. Playing like an adapted Les Miserables, this is actually taken from a true story. Throughout the movie, Kimble evades police while trying to track down his wife's real murderer. While containing a few scenes that require a stretch of imagination, as a whole the movie is realistic, and full of edge-of-the-seat suspense.
The chemistry between the Ford/Jones duo is a pleasure to watch. The Fugitive part together with the struggle between two strong personalities makes up for two truly entertaining hours.In my opinion, "The Fugitive" is the best movie of 1993. It is also one of the few successful films-based-on-a-TV-series. Harrison Ford is good as Dr. Richard Kimble. But to me, David Janssen still the best out of the three incarnations of the wrongly accused, yet rightly resourceful doctor. Tommy Lee Jones is equally effective as U.S. Marshall Sam Gerard, Kimble's pursuer.For the movie, Gerard's title and first name were changed. Those who have seen either of the TV incarnations of the Fugitive will recall that his name is Lieutenant Phillip Gerard. Why the change is anyone's guess.The best lines in this film are from Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. The former shouts: "I didn't kill my wife!" In response, the latter says, "I don't care!"
The message here, of course, was that Gerard's job was to nab Kimble, not determine his guilt or innocence.
The second half of the film is mostly a patient cat-and-mouse chase. It isn't fast-paced as the first and the ending is well-conceived. What makes "The Fugitive" work so well is I didn't only root for Kimble, but I rooted (and laughed) for Gerard as well. Besides Davis's smart direction and handling of the film's pace, the story by David S. Twohy is masterfully written and is near perfection.Harrison Ford gives another unforgettable performance as Kimble, but Jones is the stand out here as Gerard.
The supporting cast is great, too and "The Fugitive" is a classic film that shouldn't go unseen.