A doctor is wrongfully convicted of his wife's murder, and escapes custody
to find the real killer while a determined U.S. marshal hunts him down.
The Fugitive (1993)
Directed by Andrew Davis
Written by Jeb Stuart and David Twohy
Starring Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward,
Joe Pantoliano, Jeroen Krabbé, Andreas Katsulas, Julianne Moore
Based on the 1963-1967 TV series
Oscar Wins - Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones)
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Cinematography,
Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing,
Best Original Score (James Newton Howard)
The Fugitive is one of the few straight-up action movies to storm the Oscars, scoring seven total nominations including a Best Picture nom and a win for Tommy Lee Jones. It's one of the best action thrillers of the 90's and also one of Harrison Ford's most engaging films post-Indy and Star Wars. Considering this film was based on an old TV show, it's pretty remarkable how successful it became. Not just as a box office smash, but as a critical darling and Oscar-nominated film. After watching it for the second time, I gotta say it still holds up as a super tense and exciting film.
Dr. Richard Kimble (Ford) is wrongfully convicted of killing his wife Helen (Ward). Despite his claims that he fought off a one-armed assailant, Kimble is sentenced to death by lethal injection. On the way to the prison, the bus crashes and Kimble escapes. Now a fugitive from justice, Kimble tries to find out why his wife was killed and also find the real killer. Meanwhile, seasoned U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) is brought in to find and apprehend Kimble, and a crazy cat-and-mouse game begins between the two determined men. Scenes like the St. Patrick's Day parade chase and the clash at the waterfall really showcase the true star of the film: The intensity between Ford and Jones.
The Fugitive is an awesome movie that still has the power to draw you in. Not a lot of 90's action movies hold up that well. A lot of them are still good, but they're also fairly dated. The Fugitive doesn't have that problem, and I think that's due to the strength of the performances and Andrew Davis's impressive direction.