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The Fugitive (1993)

Director:
Andrew Davis
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Jaget
RUNNING TIME
130 minutes
Producer:
Arnold Kopelson
Screenwriter:
Jeb Stuart
David Twohy


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dr. Richard Kimble Harrison Ford
Deputy Samuel Gerard Tommy Lee Jones
Dr. Charles Nichols Jeroen Krabbé ˝
Frederick Sykes Andreas Katsulas ˝
Agent Cosmo Renfro Joe Pantoliano ˝
Helen Kimble Sela Ward
Dr. Anne Eastman Julianne Moore ˝
Agent Robert Biggs Daniel Roebuck
Agent Poole L. Scott Caldwell
Agent Noah Newman Tom Wood

 

Review

History may well dub director Andrew Davis a one-hit wonder, but his The Fugitive will be looked back upon as one of the classic American suspense films, a high-octane thriller that combines an industrious, crafty script with brilliant pacing to keep you on the edge of your seat for its entire running time.

Harrison Ford gives a determined, suppressed performance, one that may well be his career best, as a surgeon who is wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife. He escapes on his way to death row, and while being hunted by an unrelenting US marshal, played with nonchalance by Tommy Lee Jones (a somewhat updated version of his role in Under Siege), he must try to track down his wife's real killer.

Although the production has a television quality and despite the fact that Andrew Davis directs without a personal touch, the film's unparallelled drive and ceaseless suspense, centered around the intense cat-and-mouse hunt between Ford and Jones, makes The Fugitive one of the best films of the 1990s, an unfashionable exhibition of pragmatism and effectual cutting. Never mind lack of depth, because The Fugitive gives you no time to ponder. It is escapism at its most rewarding.

 

Copyright © 7.3.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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