The Fugitive

Movie Information

Movie critic and historian Peter Loewer will present a series of films exploring the movies' love affair with trains in Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library. Each film plays at 6 p.m. The Narrow Margin, Monday, Nov. 5; Silver Streak, Tuesday, Nov. 6; The Fugitive, Wednesday, Nov. 7; Polar Express, Thursday, Nov. 8. Admission is free.
Genre: Thriller
Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Warde, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano
Rated: PG-13

This 1993 big-screen incarnation of the old TV series about Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) on the run after being falsely nabbed for the murder of his wife (really committed by “the one-armed man”) is one of the better attempts at turning a TV show into a movie. This cat-and-mouse affair between Ford and costar Tommy Lee Jones as the cop out to get him may seem an odd choice at first for a series of films featuring trains, but not only does The Fugitive boast one of the most spectacular train wrecks of all time (depicting what happens when you actually crash a train), but it has an extended—and very nicely crafted—sequence set on the Chicago El. Solid action, good performances by the leads and an intelligent script raise the film considerably above the usual big-budget thriller fare.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress since December 2000. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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