This 1993 box-office smash partly adheres to the 1960s TV series on which it is based and partly goes off on several tangents of its own. Harrison Ford stars as Dr. Richard Kimble, convicted of murdering his wife. While being transferred to prison by bus, Kimble is involved in a spectacular bus-train collision (one of the best of its kind ever filmed). Surviving the disaster, Kimble escapes, vowing to track down the elusive professional criminal whom he holds responsible for the murder. Dogging the fugitive every foot of the way is U.S. marshal Sam Gerard (an Oscar-winning turn by Tommy Lee Jones), who announces his intention to search "every whorehouse, doghouse, and outhouse" to bring Kimble to justice. Unlike his dour TV-series counterpart Barry Morse, Jones plays the role with a sardonic sense of humor: when a cornered Kimble screams, "I didn't kill my wife," Gerard shrugs and famously replies, "I don't care." Once the premise has been established, scripters Jeb Stuart and David Twohy and director Andrew Davis pull off several audacious plot twists, ranging from Kimble's rendezvous with a sympathetic lab technician to a jaw-dropping dive into a huge waterfall. The second half of the film offers one surprise after another (including the true identity of the murderer), brilliantly avoiding the letdown that plagues many movie adaptations of old TV series.~Hal Erickson
Derailed: Anatomy of a train wreck
On the Run with the Fugitive
Feature-length audio commentary by Tommy Lee Jones and director Andrew Davis
All-new introduction with the film's stars and creators
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Much better than orig release
Price for this film was extraordinary. I owned the original Fugitive BR for a long while. Heard pic quality was significantly better on the re-released BD, so I purchased it w/out hesitation when I saw price. Glad I did, cause pic/sound quality was dramatically improved.
If the goal of Hollywood blockbuster machine is to produce films that can be enjoyed by as wide a group of people as possible than The Fugitive is a perfect example the entire industry should strive for.
This version looks incredible, the story is engaging while remaining easy to follow, everyone from the leads to the bit parts are well acted (Jane Lynch and Julianne Moore play minor characters, THAT'S how stacked this cast is!)
I remember seeing this movie in the theater and literally being on the edge of my seat for the whole movie. We watched this disc twice in the month since receiving it and it still captures that feeling. In my opinion this is Tommy Lee Jones masterpiece performance. The movie holds the whole package of great acting, great dialogue, well developed plot, humor and suspense balanced well.