Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Movies

'The Fugitive' is a classic action film

See also

The Fugitive

Rating:
Star5
Star
Star
Star
Star

This week, "Veronica Mars," which is based on a popular television show, will open in theatres. In this film, many actors from the show reprise their roles. Often, this does not happen in movies based on shows. And many films based on television programs are unable to satisfy critics or audiences. But 1993's "The Fugitive," which is based on a 1960s drama, was so popular that filmmakers still turn to the small screen for inspiration.

"The Fugitive" stars Harrison Ford. He plays Dr. Richard Kimble, a dedicated surgeon who is falsely accused of killing his wealthy wife. After his conviction, he survives a bus accident that occurs as he and other prisoners are being transferred to their new quarters. The no-nonsense Sam Gerard (played by Tommy Lee Jones), a determined U.S. Marshall, and his team work hard to find the illusive escapee. Richard's goal is not so much to avoid capture, but to find out who killed his wife.

"The Fugitive" features great performances from A-list actors Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. They both play characters who are very smart and very tough. Kimble and Gerard are well-matched for each other. Jones won an Oscar for his stellar performance. The supporting cast is equally strong. Julianne Moore is terrific in a small role as an emergency room doctor suspicious of Kimble.

Director Andrew Davis delivers thrilling chase scenes. An example is when Gerard almost catches Kimble in a storm drain that flows into a dam. But Kimble jumps into the dam, and the director then cuts to scenes of the tired and frustrated Gerard barking orders about turning off the dam. We are taken from tension to humor in record speed.

"The Fugitive" is a very well-made film and arguably the best movie ever made based on a television show.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Jack White
    Jack White has played the longest show of his career, going for over three hours
    Music Buzz
  • Donald Sterling
    Donald Sterling loses big in court, Clippers sale will proceed
    Video
    Today's Buzz
  • Steve Nash
    The Los Angeles Lakers will not use stretch provision on Steve Nash
    NBA Buzz
  • Peter Gabriel
    Peter Gabriel revisits classics in new concert film 'Back to Front'
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Train
    Train rocks an outdoor show with old favorites and new hits in Tahoe
    Camera
    15 Photos
  • Rascal Flatts
    Rascal Flatts to perform at Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
    Camera
    11 Photos

Related Videos:

  • 'Purge' goes deeper into itself
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518338578" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518338578&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Former Charlie's Angel Cheryl Ladd co-starred in lackluster "Purple Hearts"
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518298531" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518298531&autoStart=true"></div>
  • 'And So It Goes' featuring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518240957" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518240957&autoStart=true"></div>