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The Fugitive

A murdered wife. A one-armed man. An obsessed detective. The chase begins. 

Year: 1993 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  

Yet another movie derived from a television show. At first thought that's what The Fugitive seems like, but for the movie that knocked Jurassic Park from its number one slot on both sides of The Pond, it obviously has that little bit extra.

Dr Richard Kimble (Ford) is accused of the brutal murder of his wife, convicted and sentenced to death, his story of a one armed murderer, is not believed. Whilst being transported to Death Row a spectacular train crash involving the prison bus transporting Kimble enables him to escape. The Sheriff is convinced that Kimble died along with the other passengers, but US Federal Marshall Gerard (Jones), drafted in to take over investigations, refuses to believe that his quarry is dead. Gerard's suspicions are proved correct when Kimble's leg irons are found 'Without any legs in them.' From here on in, the film becomes a chase movie with Gerard never willing to let go and refusing to believe that Kimble is dead, despite the latter taking million-to-one-shot stunts. Don't let this put you off the movie as there are numerous twists and turns, including Gerard and Kimble coming face to face on several occasions.

Kimble finally tracks down the one armed man he is convinced killed his wife, and finds that he is involved in something deeper and more sinister than he at first imagined. Knowing that Kimble is an eminent surgeon, enjoying the good life, he takes to living on the run with incredible ease, managing to get himself a job at the local hospital sans N.I. number or any other form of ID, and back on home territory manages to spot a misdiagnosis on a young boy, thus saving his life.

Jones does tend to steal the limelight from Ford somewhat, but both men play their roles with total conviction and believability, with Jones giving the impression of a pitbull terrier with its jaws locked onto something. With this movie, director Davis (Above the Law, Under Siege, JFK) handles himself well with a big name, big budget film which leaves you guessing at what the hell is going on right up until the nail biting climax.


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Screenings of this film:

1993/1994 Spring Term (35mm)
1993/1994 Spring Term (35mm)
1993/1994 Spring Term (35mm)
1993/1994 Spring Term (35mm)
1994/1995 Autumn Term (35mm)
1994/1995 Autumn Term (35mm)
1996/1997 Summer Term (35mm)