September 8, 2009
Warner Home Video
- Runtime: 131 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
An adaptation of the popular 1960s television series.
Renowned vascular surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has been falsely accused and convicted -- on circumstantial evidence -- of his wife's murder. While being transported to prison, another convict stabs an inattentive guard, causing a massive wreck. Kimble escapes but is hunted by tough US marshal Sam Gerard. The fugitive from injustice attempts to set the record straight: he transforms himself into a jack-of-all-trades and a man-of-a-thousand-faces, in a desperate attempt to discover the truth about his wife's murder.
This near-perfect suspense movie is based on a '60s television series, which was in turn based on a famous true incident in the '50s. A doctor wrongly accused of killing his wife escapes authorities, continually eludes a zealous detective, and hunts for clues to solve his wife's murder himself, thus proving his innocence. The bizarre circumstances which led to the death only sweeten the suspense. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor--Tommy Lee Jones. Followed by a 1998 sequel, "U.S. Marshals."
The "Fugitive" TV series ran from 1963 to 1967. It wasn't until the conclusion of the series in 1967 that Barry Morse's Lieutenant Gerard realized he had been chasing the wrong man.
Additional assistant directors include Robert Schick and James A. Dennett, Dustin Bernard, Gary B. Goldman and Kenneth A. Flisak.
The $2 million "dam fall," as it has aptly been called by director Andrew Davis, took two days to film and was shot by static and aerial cameras. The shot was designed and plotted by stunt coordinator Terry Leonard.
The stunt was filmed at the Cheoah Dam in North Carolina. The section of tunnel that opens above the dam was removed from Chicago and placed above the dam, so as to give the illusion that it had an outlet directly over top of the dam.
Warner Bros. had to pay Alcoa, the dam's operators, a large fee for using the property. The Harrison Ford look-alike dummies were also expensive, ranging in price from $7,000 to $12,000 apiece.
Ford apparently didn't want to have stuntmen perform in his place, so he agreed to be in the water for the survival shot which comes after the jump. There were two Navy SEALS on the set as consultants.
Screenwriter Jeb Stuart also wrote "Die Hard."
Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
The film's Richard Kimble was originally a fugitive fleeing Wisconsin but the film producer had to make a change when they discovered that Wisconsin doesn't have the death penalty.
The final episode of "The Fugitive" series was watched by more people than any single episode of a regular series in the history of television.
Re-rated BBFC 15 when released on video in the UK.
Available to buy in the UK.