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Average: 5.26%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 1.32%

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Fugitive, The
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by Ryan Arthur

"One of the better action-type movies of recent memory."
4 stars

A Harrison Ford movie that I liked.

Harrison Ford is a man on the run (a fugitive, if you will), searching for the man (with one arm!) who really killed his wife. We all know the plot; after all, this movie was based on the television show of the same name. It translates better than most "based on the series" films.

I had an easier time believing Ford was Dr. Richard Kimble than I did believing him as President. I've never really thought of Ford as a good action movie star, but as a man on the run, he's better than one might expect. He's actually quite good here, not looking quite as bored or tired as he does in his other would-be action roles of the 1990's.

Tommy Lee Jones is the U.S. Marshall (avoid the would-be sequel of the same name) assigned to recapture Kimble by checking every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in the area. Jones steals the movie away from Ford in a performance that won him a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1994. He earned it. His Sam Gerard is all business with a quirky sense of humor.

Solid action sequences (the train wreck being the most obvious) and just plain chase scenes that are suspenseful enough to hold your interest add up to a decent flick, and the performances from Ford (subdued, but driven) and Jones (also driven) are quality.

A pretty good rental for your Saturday night.

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User Comments

6/24/20 stanza I've always loved this film 5 stars
8/19/16 carl J One of the very best Hollywood thrillers. Ford is great as the everyday man 5 stars
1/27/08 Pamela White Harrison is smart and daring and trying to save his life 5 stars
8/22/07 David Everytime I watch the Laundry scene, I get a headache. Tremendous movie! 5 stars
5/20/07 action movie fan exciting engrossing classic wrong man trying to clear his name and get the real bad guy 5 stars
5/19/07 David Risser Nit Perfect, but a great movie that is put together well. 4 stars
11/26/06 R.W.Welch TL Jones steals this top chase movie. Pacing is terrific. 5 stars
10/02/06 Jeremy Davies Awesome, very exciting and suspenseful 5 stars
3/11/06 Dillon Terrific. Andrew Davis proves to be a master at realism 5 stars
9/13/05 Zack love it 5 stars
7/03/05 Charlie Awesome! Suspenseful, you feel like you're in the movie! 5 stars
5/03/05 Indrid Cold Not quite a classic, but very meaty, satisfying thriller. 4 stars
2/03/05 Dan Awesome! 5 stars
9/01/04 A upton Harrison Ford>> nuff said 5 stars
5/31/04 Nobody A modern classic! Great acting by all! 5 stars
2/25/04 john solid actioner with Harrison Ford in top form 4 stars
1/08/04 Jack Sommersby David did much better work on "Code of Silence" and "Under Siege". 3 stars
5/22/03 JoeSco Seen again some years later still a great film with TLJ demonstrating his greatness 5 stars
2/08/03 natasha_theobald Jones is funny and caustic, Ford is indignant and desperate 4 stars
2/02/03 fjffhh A fast-paced, suspenseful action flick with a pair of actors who actually know how to act. 5 stars
1/11/03 Allen Tommy Lee was great, but it was Harrison who stole the show. Where was OSCAR? 5 stars
11/29/02 Jay I Can't Swim has a needle in his dick! Great movie! 5 stars
10/15/02 Charles Tatum Take away the big name cast, and it's just another action flick 3 stars
8/27/02 Ramblin Wreck I hate to say this..........but Can't Swim has no taste.......... 5 stars
7/27/02 I Can't Swim As much as I love TLJ, that Oscar he won was for his career, not this movie 1 stars
7/12/02 KMG KIX ASS! 5 stars
5/16/02 Butterbean It's easy to see why producers will forever typecast Jones as a no nonsense law enforcer. 5 stars
3/31/02 Rockitman007 How can you not like this movie?? 5 stars
2/22/02 mwildema good stuff 5 stars
2/08/02 JB Quality entertainment. Quality acting. Quality filmmaking. 5 stars
1/18/02 David A. Not bad. It's unfair to compare this watered-down remake to the REAL fugitive t.v. show. 3 stars
1/08/02 Andrew Carden Really Good Movie, Other Then A Few Flaws, 1 Being Jone's Performance. 4 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Whoever doesn't have feelings about Harrison Ford's character is total crap. Not the movie. 5 stars
8/02/01 KC Au Excellent! The chase and the train wreck was great! The ending was a letdown, however. 5 stars
4/02/01 Jesse L Harrison is an action film guy and this is a good one AND Tommy Lee oh yeah.. 4 stars
3/31/01 Monster W. Kung Good, although definitely not a masterpiece. 4 stars
2/12/01 Jake Astonishing! Ford and Tommy Lee Jones were magic in this film. 5 stars
12/31/00 Msitrab One of the best action movies around 5 stars
11/28/00 Cristopher Revilla one of the best action flicks since the French Connection 5 stars
11/15/00 The EVIL Penguin Wowser! This movie is astounding. Go see it. 5 stars
11/02/00 Tom This is my favourite movie, it's great 5 stars
5/07/00 Bruce Right on Kyle, movies don't get much better than this 5 stars
2/06/00 Kyle Broflovski Better than excellent. Ford & Jones should team up again--they RULE!!!! 5 stars
1/24/00 Casey Jarzabek OVERRATED 3 stars
1/20/00 ripley a very well done movie 5 stars
1/17/00 Dirk Diggler a great movie 5 stars
1/15/00 D.D. a very good movie 5 stars
1/13/00 doctor a breathless ride 5 stars
1/11/00 dr.d a terrifc thriller 5 stars
12/16/99 Cola Jones is waaaaay cool ... Ford's not bad either! Great story, characterrs, action!!!!!!! 4 stars
11/06/99 Anthony Ellis Probably one of the best action-thrillers of all-time. A superbly suspenseful film. 5 stars
10/07/99 sophia962 One hell of a ride. Watch it in stereo. 5 stars
10/03/99 Carlos Alexander One of the best, most suspenseful movies I have ever seen. Very emotionally involving 5 stars
7/05/99 Ben Leostein Rating: *** (out of ****) Category: "Very Good" 4 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Harrison Ford pulls off a great performance. 4 stars
2/18/99 Piz type of movie u can watch again n again, Ford makes a great innocent guy. 5 stars
1/16/99 BBQ Bob Based on the classic series, this flick is worth a look. 4 stars
1/15/99 Dasha Fantastic movie. 5 stars
11/13/98 Lord Of The Dunce Found it formulaic, don't rate Harrison or Tommy Lee, but a fine production. 4 stars
9/15/98 Badass EXCITING SHIT! 5 stars
9/04/98 Scott Taylor The best action movie of the decade. Hands down. Amazing direction, music, acting, editing. 5 stars
8/31/98 Mister Whoopee A pretty well done thriller. Wouldn't call it an action movie. 4 stars
8/30/98 Matt a fairly well done action movie, but nothing too revolutionary or new 4 stars
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