MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#25 of 48) – The Fugitive (1993) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #25 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories -I saw this in the theater on opening weekend and it was so thrilling to watch on the big screen, especially the scene in the Dam.  It is such a great thriller that works because of the way that the characters are written because we can root for both sides.

“[First lines, said when arriving at the scene of the train wreck] My, my, my. What a mess.” – Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard

Number of Times Seen – More than 10 times (Theater in 1993, video, DVD, 29 Jan 2014, 17 Aug 2018 and 17 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A respected doctor is wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and must try and find a way to prove his innocence while avoiding the law.

My Take on it – Amazing action thriller that works largely due to the superb performances of Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. They play these characters sow ell and things flow so smoothly in their performances and the way they spew out their dialogue. These characters have become so iconic over the years due to the way that they depict them. The story is a roller coaster ride of fun from start to finish and that adds so much to the thrills especially given the surprises that popup along the way. The story tales a very intriguing look at the premise that was the basis for a TV show 30 years earlier and allow things to seem quite realistic and believable the whole way through. The supporting cats is also great especially the crew of characters who help Jones’ character in his quest to find his man. Jones deservingly won an Oscar for his performance in this film.  The choice to pursue this story from two separate angles works really well because it allows us to see both perspectives of the pursuit.  This also helps make us root for both sides even if we know that only one will eventually need to prevail in their quest.  The pacing is great and things stay very focused throughout the entire film. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally, Julianne Moore’s character had a bigger role in the film, even after she exposes him briefly. Kimble was to have sought her out for help and eventually fall for her. These scenes were filmed and deleted from the final cut of the film. This is the reason that her name is still credited as one of the main stars of the picture. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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