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The Fugitive
Director: Andrew Davis (Dir)
Release Date:   1993
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles opening: 6 Aug 1993; New York opening: week of 6 Aug 1993
Production Date:   began 3 Feb 1993
Duration (in mins):   130
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Cast:   Harrison Ford (Dr. Richard Kimble)  
    Tommy Lee Jones (Samuel Gerard)  
    Sela Ward (Helen Kimble)  
    Julianne Moore (Dr. Anne Eastman)  
    Joe Pantoliano (Cosmo Renfro)  
    Andreas Katsulas (Sykes)  
    Jeroen Krabbe (Dr. Charles Nichols)  
    Daniel Roebuck (Biggs)  
    L. Scott Caldwell (Poole)  
    Ron Dean (Detective Kelly)  
    Joseph Kosala (Detective Rosetti)  
    Tom Wood (Newman)  
  Featuring Dick Cusack (Walter Gutherie)  
  Featuring Richard Riehle (Old guard)  
  Featuring Andy Romano (Judge Bennett)  
  Featuring Nick Searcy (Sheriff Rawlins)  
    Miguel Nino (Chicago cop #1)  
    John Drummond (Newscaster)  
    Tony Fosco (Chicago cop #2)  
    Joseph F. Fisher (Otto Sloan)  
    James Liautuad (Paul)  
    David Darlow (Dr. Lentz)  
    Tom Galouzis M.D. (Surgeon)  
    James F. McKinsey M.D. (Surgeon)  
    Mark D. Espinoza (Resident)  
    John E. Ellis (Anesthesiologist)  
    Gene Barge (11th District cop)  
    Thomas C. Simmons (11th District cop)  
    Joseph Guzaldo (Prosecutor)  
    Nick Kusenko (Assistant defense attorney)  
    Joan Kohn (Asst. prosecuting attorney)  
    Joe D. Lauck (Forensic technician)  
    Joseph V. Guastaferro (Coroner)  
    Thom Vernon (Carlson)  
    Ken Moreno (Partida)  
    Eddie "Bo" Smith, Jr. (Copeland)  
    Frank Ray Perilli (Jail officer)  
    Otis Wilson (Jail officer)  
    Pancho Demmings (Young guard)  
    Jim Wilkey (Bus driver)  
    Danny Goldring (Head Illinois state trooper)  
    Kevin Crowley (State trooper)  
    Michael James (Head welder)  
    Michael Skewes (Highway patrolman)  
    Ila Cathleen Stallings (Duty nurse)  
    Linda Casaletto (Rural hospital nurse)  
    Cody Glenn (Paramedic)  
    Cynthia Baker (Woman in car)  
    Johnny Lee Davenport (Marshal Henry)  
    Mike Bacarella (Marshal Stevens)  
    Bill Cusack (Tracing technician)  
    David Hodges (Marshal David)  
    Lillie Richardson (Copeland's girlfriend)  
    Peter J. Caria, IV (Billy)  
    Tighe Barry (Windshield washer)  
    Monika Chabrowski (Polish landlady)  
    Lonnie Sima (Landlady's son)  
    Oksana Fedunyszyn (Myoelectric receptionist)  
    Orlando Garcia (Desmondo)  
    Afram Bill Williams (Salesman)  
    Bruce L. Gewertz M.D. (Dr. Bruce)  
    Jane Lynch (Doctor Kathy Wahlund)  
    Joseph Rotkvich (Officer Joseph)  
    Steven Lilovich (Officer Steve)  
    Noelle Bou-Sliman (Myoelectric technician)  
    Roxanne Roberts (Trauma doctor)  
    Alex Hernandez (Trauma doctor)  
    Theron Touche Lykes (Orderly)  
    Joel Robinson (Boy patient )  
    Greg Hollimon (Skating orderly)  
    Cheryl Lynn Bruce (O.R. doctor)  
    Marie Ware (Nurse Gladys)  
    Bernard McGee (Man)  
    Ann Whitney (Myoelectric director)  
    Lily Monkus (Desk clerk)  
    Willie Lucas (Desk clerk)  
    Turk Muller (Clearing officer)  
    Ana Maria Alvarez (La Cubana)  
    Eugene F. Crededio (Visitation guard)  
    Maurice Person (Clive Driscoll)  
    Terry Hard (Officer Hormel)  
    Pam Zekman (Newscaster)  
    David Pasquesi (Newscaster)  
    Brent Shaphren (Doctor at bar)  
    Stephen A. Landsman (Doctor at bar)  
    B.J. Jones (Doctor at bar)  
    Drucilla A. Carlson (Gerard's secretary)  
    Margaret Moore (Nichols' assistant)  
    Manny Lopez (Seminar doctor)  
    John M. Watson, Sr. (Bones Roosevelt)  
    Kirsten Nelson (Betty)  
    Juan A. Ramirez (Man on "El")  
    Neil Flynn (Transit cop)  
    Allen Hamilton (Host)  
    Eric Fudala (Hotel security guard)  
    Lester Holt (Newscaster)  
    Jay Levine (Newscaster)  

Summary: Helen Kimble, the wife of Dr. Richard Kimble, struggles against an attacker. She wields a gun, but the attacker twists it from her grip and shoots her. Shortly before midnight, the Chicago police arrive at the Kimble residence. Officers escort Richard to the station for further questioning. Meanwhile, a local reporter informs viewers that the circumstances of Helen's murder are vague, but they do know that the Kimbles attended a fundraiser earlier that evening. In the interrogation room, Richard sits silently and reflects. Earlier that night, at a fundraising gala, Dr. Charles Nichols returns Richard's car keys, having borrowed the vehicle earlier that day. Helen eyes Richard as she endures a boring conversation with Dr. Alec Lentz. Later, on the ride home, Richard receives a call to assist in a late-night operation. Helen promises to wait up for him. Back in the interrogation room, Richard snaps out of his memories as two officers question him about the scratches on his neck. Richard admits that Helen scratched him as he tried to move her, and becomes irate when he realizes the officers suspect him of murdering his wife for a hefty insurance policy. Richard insists that a one-armed man broke into his house and killed Helen, but officers observing him from a two-way mirror believe Richard to be the prime suspect. Some time later, a judge sentences Richard to death after he is found guilty of murdering his wife. On a bus to the state penitentiary, Richard watches a fellow prisoner fake a seizure. When a guard unlocks the cage to help, the prisoner stabs him. An older guard shoots the prisoner, and, during a struggle with another convict, accidentally shoots the bus driver, causing the bus to careen off the road onto a railroad track. The older guard unlocks Richard’s handcuffs so he can administer medical care to the younger guard, then flees when he sees a train approaching. Seconds before the train collides with the bus, Richard pushes the injured young guard out a window and jumps to safety. Copeland, a fellow prisoner, helps Richard unlock his shackles, and the two run in separate directions. Soon after, Sam Gerard and his team of Federal Marshals arrive at the crash site where the local police have begun an investigation. The old guard claims that he saved the young guard and that all prisoners perished, but Gerard disproves him after the empty shackles are found. Gerard announces that Dr. Richard Kimble is a fugitive. On the run, Richard steals a mechanic's coveralls and goes to a local hospital. He cares for his wounds, shaves off his beard, and steals a sleeping patient’s clothes. An officer passes in the hallway, but Richard eludes him. However, as Richard leaves the building, the wounded guard arrives in an ambulance and recognizes him. Wearing a doctor’s coat, Richard gives orders to the paramedics who take the young guard inside, then steals the ambulance and speeds away. Gerard and his team catch up with Richard via helicopter. Richard enters a tunnel that runs through a viaduct and stops the ambulance. Leaving the vehicle, he escapes into the sewer, but Gerard and his partner, Cosmo, are close behind. Gerard wades through the sewage pipe in pursuit. When he slips and loses his gun, Richard retrieves it. Holding Gerard at gunpoint, Richard pleads that he did not kill Helen. Gerard responds, “I don’t care,” and continues in pursuit of Richard to the end of the pipe where the water drops into a massive viaduct. Gerard uses another gun strapped inside his jacket to arrest Richard, but Richard makes the desperate decision to leap, falling hundreds of feet into the churning water below. Although his team members believe that Richard has perished, Gerard insists they continue their pursuit. Emerging from the river, Richard finds a wooded area and rests. He dreams of Helen and her murder. The next morning, Gerard and his crew head back to Chicago. Richard dyes his hair darker and hitchhikes back to Chicago as well. Gerard and his team locate Copeland at an ex-lover's home. Copeland holds hostage young Marshal Newman, but Gerard defuses the altercation by firing two quick bullets to Copeland's head. A despondent Newman questions Gerard's risky methods, to which the latter replies, "I don't bargain." Richard calls his lawyer from a payphone and asks for money. Gerard monitors the call and deduces that Richard is now in Chicago. Later, Richard stops Dr. Nichols outside his country club and asks for cash. Nichols offers his help, but Richard quickly leaves. Gerard instructs his crew to allow Richard to "re-enter his life," so his capture may be easier. Richard rents a basement apartment then heads to the prosthetics department at Cook County Hospital, where he steals a maintenance identification badge and uniform as a disguise. Gerard later questions Nichols, who admits that he has recently seen Richard, but insists on his innocence. Haunted by nightmares of Helen’s murder, Richard uses his new disguise to research prosthetics patients at the hospital, in search of the one-armed man. At his basement apartment, Richard awakens to police cars swarming outside. However, the officers are there to arrest a drug dealer upstairs. At the station, the drug-dealer informs the police that Richard has been living in the basement of his building. At the hospital, Richard steals files for a handful of patients who match the one-armed man’s age and prosthetic type. In the hallway, facing a large influx of patients, a female doctor asks Richard to take a young patient to an observation room. Richard checks the patient’s x-rays and discovers that he needs emergency surgery, so he delivers him to the operating room instead. Meanwhile, Gerard searches Richard's apartment and finds evidence that Richard has been spending time at Cook County Hospital. When the female doctor learns that Richard overrode her orders, she takes his badge and calls security, but Richard runs away. Gerard arrives at the hospital and realizes that Kimble has been conducting his own investigation. Gerard creates his own list of suspects from the database of prosthetics patients. Later, Richard visits a convict who may be his wife’s killer, but discovers in the visitation room that the man is black. Gerard spots Richard as he leaves City Hall. However, Richard eludes Gerard and Cosmo as he blends into the St. Patrick's Day Parade outside. Some time later, Richard breaks into the home of another on his list, Fredrick Sykes. Inside, he finds a picture of Sykes with Dr. Lentz, whom he met at the gala the night of Helen’s murder. He also finds indications that Sykes works for the pharmaceutical company Devlin-MacGregor. Convinced that Sykes is his wife’s killer, Richard calls Gerard from the Sykes’ phone and leaves it off the hook so the call can be traced. As Gerard and his team investigate, Sykes arrives and indicates that he works security for Devlin-MacGregor. Gerard finds Sykes suspicious. Over the phone, Richard reveals to Nichols that he thinks Devlin-MacGregor and Lentz were after him because he discovered that their drug, RDU-90, caused liver damage. Richard believes Lentz had something to do with Helen’s murder, but Nichols informs Richard that Lentz is now dead. At their office, Gerard and Cosmo discuss Devlin-MacGregor's annual profits, becoming suspicious of Lentz as well. Richard receives help from medical archivist Bones, who gives him a tissue sample of a patient who used Provasic, Devlin-MacGregor's drug containing RDU-90. Lab analyst Cathy helps Richard discover that the original tissue samples have been replaced with healthy samples. Though Richard suspects Lentz of forging the samples, Cathy determines that half of the approved samples were signed for on the day of Lentz’s death. Richard then realizes that Nichols, who also supervised the study, must have approved the false samples. At the same time, Newman questions Bones and discovers that Nichols was Lentz’s boss, disproving Nichols’ former statement to Gerard that he had never met Lentz. Leaving the hospital, Richard boards a train on his way to confront Nichols. Sykes follows him on board and shoots a cop in his pursuit of Richard. Richard subdues Sykes, secures him to a railing using the injured cop’s handcuffs, and leaves the train. Gerard learns of Richard's train fight and heads toward the hotel-based medical conference where Richard confronts Nichols. Interrupting Nichols’ speech promoting Provasic, Richard physically battles with Nichols. The fight continues to the hotel's roof, where a police helicopter pursues the men. Richard pushes Nichols through a skylight, and they both fall into an elevator shaft. The elevator travels down to the laundry room, where Richard continues to chase Nichols. Gerard and Cosmo arrive, and Gerard calls out to Richard that he knows the truth about Helen's murder, urging him to give up the chase. Just before Nichols has the chance to shoot Gerard, Richard knocks him to the ground. Driving away from the scene in an unmarked car, Gerard uncuffs Richard.
 

Production Company: Warner Bros., Inc. (A Time Warner Entertainment Company)
Production Text: A Keith Barish/Arnold Kopelson Production
An Andrew Davis Film
Distribution Company: Warner Bros., Inc. (A Time Warner Entertainment Company)
Director: Andrew Davis (Dir)
  Terry J. Leonard (Dir, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Mike Gray (Dir, 2d unit - Chicago)
  Robert Grand (Unit prod mgr)
  James A. Dennett, Sr. (Unit prod mgr)
  Tom Mack (1st asst dir)
  Brian E. Frankish (1st asst dir, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Kenneth A. Flisak (1st asst dir, 2d unit - Chicago)
  David Kelley (2d asst dir)
  Dustin Bernard (2d asst dir, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Gary B. Goldman (2d asst dir, 2d unit - Chicago)
  James A. Dennett, II (2d 2d asst dir)
  Robert Schick (Addl 2d asst dir)
Producer: Arnold Kopelson (Prod)
  Keith Barish (Exec prod)
  Roy Huggins (Exec prod)
  Stephen Brown (Co-prod)
  Nana Greenwald (Co-prod)
  Peter MacGregor-Scott (Co-prod)
Writer: Jeb Stuart (Scr)
  David Twohy (Scr)
  David Twohy (Story)
Photography: Michael Chapman (Dir of photog)
  Gary H. Holt (Dir of photog, 2d unit - North Carolina and 2d unit - Chicago)
  George Kohut (Dir of photog, 2d unit - Chicago)
  Frank Miller ("A" cam op)
  Stephen St. John ("B" cam/Steadicam op)
  Robert Ulland ("B" cam/Steadicam op)
  Brian C. Glover (Cam op, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Michael Kohnhorst (Cam op, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Frank M. Holgate (Aerial cam)
  Zoran Veselic (1st asst cam)
  Steve Hiller (1st asst cam)
  Robert Heine (1st asst cam)
  Chris M. Collins (2d asst cam)
  Linda A. Gacsko (2d asst cam)
  Tim Metivier (2d asst cam)
  Jason M. Friedman (Cam asst)
  Daniel H. Friedman (Video assist)
  Gino Crededio (Chief lighting tech)
  Alphonse Blumenthal (Asst chief lighting tech)
  Robert E. Krattiger (Rigging gaffer)
  John E. Formanek (Rigging gaffer)
  Morgan Michael Lewis (Key grip)
  Bobby Rose (Key grip, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Mark E. Matthys (Best boy)
  Erich O. Rose (Best boy, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Joe Tomko, Jr. (Dolly grip)
  Stephen S. Vaughan (Still photog)
Art Direction: Dennis Washington (Prod des)
  Maher Ahmad (Art dir)
  Tom Targownik (Asst art dir)
  Robby Green (Art dept coord)
Film Editor: Dennis Virkler (Ed)
  David Finfer (Ed)
  Dean Goodhill (Ed)
  Don Brochu (Ed)
  Richard Nord (Ed)
  Dov Hoenig (Ed)
  Rolf Fleischmann (Asst film ed)
  Mark Stevens (Asst film ed)
  John Morrisey (Asst film ed)
  Richard Byard (Asst film ed)
  Joe Gutowski (Asst film ed)
  Joe Binford, Jr. (Asst film ed)
  Fred C. Vitale (Asst film ed)
  Michael Murphy (Asst film ed)
  James Durante (Asst film ed)
  Chris Boscardin (Asst film ed)
  David Young (Asst film ed)
  Patrick Paul Mullane (Asst film ed)
  Mark Rathaus (Asst film ed)
  Roger Fenton (Asst film ed)
  Grant Gatzke (Asst film ed)
  Donah Bassett & Associates, Inc. (Negative cutter)
Set Decoration: Rick Gentz (Set dec)
  Ann Harris (Set des)
  Nancy Mickelberry (Set des)
  Douglas E. Madison (Prop master)
  William Dambra (Asst prop master)
  David J. Chamerski (Asst prop master)
  Tighe Barry (Asst prop master)
  Richard Rankin (Const coord)
  Jack Cornish (Const coord, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Robert Sica (Leadman)
  Joel Prihoda (Leadman)
Costumes: Aggie Guerard Rodgers (Cost des)
  Linda Henrikson (Cost supv)
  Sybil Gray (Cost)
  Jennifer Jobst (Cost)
  Gina Panno (Cost)
  Eileen McCahill (Cost)
  Stella C. Cottini (Cost)
  Jane Blank (Cost)
Music: James Newton Howard (Mus)
  Jim Weidman (Mus ed)
  David Olson (Asst mus ed)
  Dan Wallin (Scoring mixer)
  Michael Mason (Score co-prod by)
  Marty Paich (Orch cond)
  James Newton Howard (Orch)
  Brad Dechter (Orch)
  Chris Boardman (Orch)
  Wayne Shorter Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment (Saxophone solos by)
Sound: Scott D. Smith (Prod sd mixer)
  Dale Janus (Boom op)
  Daniel J. Richter (Boom op)
  Daryl C. Ziemke (Cableman)
  John Leveque (Supv sd ed)
  Bruce Stambler (Supv sd ed)
  Becky Sullivan (Supv dial ed)
  Stu Bernstein (Dial ed)
  Karen Wilson (Dial ed)
  Howell Gibbens (Dial ed)
  Kimberly Lowe Voigt (Dial ed)
  James Beshears (Dial ed)
  Gaston Biraben (Dial ed)
  Gary Mundheim (Dial ed)
  Steven J. Schwalbe (Sd fx ed)
  Donald L. Warner, Jr. (Sd fx ed)
  Greg Stacy (Sd fx ed)
  Victor Iorillo (Sd fx ed)
  Anthony R. Milch (Sd fx ed)
  Shawn Sykora (Sd fx ed)
  Marshall Winn (Sd fx ed)
  Jay Nierenberg (Sd fx ed)
  Frank Kniest (Sd fx ed)
  Lance Brown (Sd fx ed)
  Glenn Hoskinson (Sd fx ed)
  Hector Gika (Sd fx ed)
  Michael Dressel (Sd fx ed)
  Patrick M. Bietz (Sd fx ed)
  Sam Gemette (Sd fx ed)
  Lance Laurienzo (Asst sd ed)
  Dawn Michelle King (Asst sd ed)
  Elizabeth Kenton (Asst sd ed)
  Valerie Schwartz (Asst sd ed)
  Desmond Cannon (Asst sd ed)
  Rick Dumm (Asst sd ed)
  Jeffrey Cranford (Asst sd ed)
  Michael Mirkovich (Asst sd ed)
  Ron Meredith (Asst sd ed)
  Holly Huckins (ADR ed)
  Zack Davis (ADR ed)
  Barbara Boguski (ADR ed)
  Lee Lemont (ADR ed)
  Robert Ulrich (ADR ed)
  Lori Martino (ADR asst)
  Laura Krasnow (ADR asst)
  Bill Weinman (ADR asst)
  Tim Groseclose (ADR asst)
  Solange Schwalbe-Boisseau (Supv foley ed)
  Steve Richardson (Foley ed)
  James Likowski (Foley ed)
  John Roesch (Foley artist)
  Alicia Stevenson (Foley artist)
  Donald O. Mitchell (Rerec mixer)
  Michael Herbick (Rerec mixer)
  Frank A. Montano (Rerec mixer)
  Tom O'Connell (ADR mixer)
  Mary Jo Lang (Foley mixer)
Special Effects: Roy Arbogast (Spec eff coord)
  Tom Ryba (Spec eff coord)
  Michael Arbogast (Spec eff asst)
  William Lee (Spec eff asst)
  Richard S. Wood (Spec eff asst)
  Randy Cabral (Spec eff asst)
  Jim Jolley (Spec eff asst)
  Rodman Kiser (Spec eff asst)
  William Mesa (Visual eff supv)
  Introvision International, Inc. (Spec visual eff by)
  Nick Davis (Introvision prod)
  John Mesa (Cam, Introvision)
  Chris Dawson (Cam, Introvision)
  Charles Wood (Art dir, Introvision)
  Doug Calli (Model shop supv)
  Scott Salsa (Model maker)
  Ultimate Effects (Miniature pyrotechnics)
  John Fasal (Processed flashback fx)
  Pacific Title (Titles and opticals by)
  Nina Saxon Film Design (Title des)
Make Up: Peter Robb-King (Makeup supv)
  Pat Gerhardt (Makeup artist)
  Rodger Jacobs (Makeup artist)
  Kathe Swanson (Key hair stylist)
  Dominic Mango (Hairstylist)
  Dugan (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: Amanda Mackey (Casting)
  Cathy Sandrich (Casting)
  Richard S. Kordos (Chicago casting by)
  Nan Charbonneau (Chicago casting by)
  Karen Miller (Casting assoc)
  Kirsten Nelson (Chicago casting asst)
  Holzer & Ridge (Chicago extras casting)
  Gloria Hancock (North Carolina casting)
  Kevin LaRosa (Helicopter pilot, Chicago)
  Bruce Webb (Helicopter pilot, Chicago)
  Cress Horne (Helicopter pilot, North Carolina)
  Drucilla A. Carlson (Scr supv)
  Liz Radley (Video & computer supv)
  John Monsour (Computer engineering & graphics)
  Michael J. Malone (Loc mgr)
  Richard Moskal (Loc mgr, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Wileen Dragovan (Loc asst)
  Robin Agron (Loc asst)
  Lance Holland (Loc asst, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Suzanne Geiger (DGA trainee)
  Roger Senders (DGA trainee)
  Ricki L. Stein (Prod accountant)
  Diana Pappajohn (Prod secy)
  Stephanie Wertlake (Prod secy, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Rosemary Orlando (Asst prod secy)
  Bekki Vallin (Asst prod secy)
  Frederic Mialaud (Exec asst)
  Laurie Hansen (Asst to Mr. Davis)
  Teresa Tucker-Davies (Asst to Mr. Davis)
  Leslie Adler (Asst to Mr. Ford)
  Maria Norman (Asst to Mr. Kopelson)
  Christy Gerhart (Asst to Mr. Kopelson)
  Pamela Jaeckle (Asst to Mr. Macgregor-Scott)
  Dana Armonda (Staff asst)
  Kathleen "Bo" Bobak (Staff asst)
  Mark Child (Staff asst)
  Michelle Clancy (Staff asst)
  Peter A. Hollocker (Staff asst)
  Martin L. Hudson (Staff asst)
  Michael Kase (Staff asst)
  Sarah Knight (Staff asst)
  Bill McLaren (Staff asst)
  D. Matt Patton (Staff asst)
  Thaddeus E. Larkowski (Transportation coord)
  Craig A. Pinkard (Transportation coord, 2d unit - North Carolina)
  Michael P. Deal (Transportation capt)
  Michelson Food Service, Inc. (Catering)
  Susan Steinlauf (Unit pub)
  Marvin Lutes (Tech adv)
  Bruce L. Gewertz, M.D. (Tech adv)
  James M. Tantillo (Tech adv)
  Cory Franklin, M.D. (Tech adv)
  James E. McLaughlin (Tech adv)
  Robb Smith, M.D. (Tech adv)
  Sheldon Zenner (Tech adv)
  Jack Uellendahl (Tech adv)
  Tony Calabrese (Tech adv)
  Susan Phillips (Tech adv)
  Judge Toomin (Tech adv)
  Ed O'Donnell (Tech adv)
  Dr. Norbert Gleicher (Tech adv)
  John Rottger (Tech adv)
Stand In: Chris Branham (Stunts)
  Troy Brown (Stunts)
  Hal Burton (Stunts)
  Tom DeWier (Stunts)
  Nick Dimitri (Stunts)
  Jeannie Epper (Stunts)
  Peter Epstein (Stunts)
  Diamond Farnsworth (Stunts)
  Teri Garland (Stunts)
  Terry Jackson (Stunts)
  Dean Jeffries (Stunts)
  Rick LeFevour (Stunts)
  Stacy Logan (Stunts)
  Mike McGaughy (Stunts)
  Jeff Ramsey (Stunts)
  Glenn Randall (Stunts)
  John-Clay Scott (Stunts)
  Gary Wayton (Stunts)
  Paula Wayton (Stunts)
  Terry J. Leonard (Stunt coord)
Color Personnel: Bob Putynkowski (Col timer)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Country: United States
Language: English

Music: Saxophone solos by Wayne Shorter, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment.
Songs: "The Thrill Is Gone," written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell, performed by B. B. King and Bobby Bland, courtesy of MCA Records; "Tahiti Tahiti," written by Marc Chantereau, Pierre-Alain Dahan and Slim Pezin, performed by Voyage, courtesy of Productions Sirocco.
Composer: Marc Chantereau
  Pierre-Alain Dahan
  Rick Darnell
  Roy Hawkins
  Slim Pezin
  Wayne Shorter
Source Text: Based on characters created by Roy Huggins.
Authors: Roy Huggins

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Brothers, a division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, LP 5/10/1993 dd/mm/yyyy PA659535

PCA NO: 32575
Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby Stereo in selected theatres
  col: Astro Color Laboratories, Inc.
  Lenses/Prints: Filmed with Panavision® cameras and lenses; Prints by Technicolor®
  Widescreen/ratio: 1.85:1

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Suspense
 
Subjects (Major): Fugitives
  Murder
  Searches
  United States. Marshals
 
Subjects (Minor): Ambulances
  Apartments
  Assassins
  Bodyguards
  Bus drivers
  Buses
  Chases
  Chicago (IL)
  Conspiracy
  Dams
  Drug dealers
  Firearms
  Forests
  Friendship
  Fund-raising
  Handicapped
  Holidays
  Hospitals
  Hotels
  Impersonation and imposture
  Investigations
  Nightmares
  Parades
  Physicians
  Police
  Prison escapes
  Rivalry
  Sewers
  Specific types of drugs
  Speeches
  Train wrecks
  Trains
  Trials
  Vigilantes
  Wife murder

Note: The summary and note for this entry was completed with participation from the AFI Academic Network. Summary and note were written by participant Adam Tate, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, with Janet Staiger as academic advisor.

The end credits contain a “Special Thanks” to the following organizations: Mayor and the People of the City of Chicago; Chicago Film Office; The Chicago Police Department; Illinois Film Office; University of Chicago Hospitals; Cook County Hospital; Cook County Sheriff’s Department; Cook County Jail; Chicago Transit Authority; Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; Graham County Rescue Squad; United States Marshal Service for the Northern District of Illinois; Great Smoky Mountains Railway, North Carolina.
       The film was based on the television series The Fugitive starring David Janssen and created by Roy Huggins, which ran on ABC from 1963 to 1967.
       According to production notes in the AMPAS research library, producer Arnold Kopelson developed the film for five years. A 27 Aug 1992 DV article announced Harrison Ford’s renewed interest in the role of Dr. Richard Kimble, which he had considered three years prior when director Stephen Frears was in discussions to direct. In the interim, Walter Hill was attached as director with Alec Baldwin cast in the role of Dr. Kimble. Andrew Davis was chosen to direct after Ford replaced Baldwin. The DV article noted that Ford had previously replaced Baldwin in the role of Jack Ryan, which Baldwin played in The Hunt for Red October (1990, see entry), and Ford played Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994, see entries). After Ford committed to the project, Kopelson claimed that the actor was “an integral part of the production process,” contributing to “creative decisions, such as rewriting, casting, art direction, set design, and costumes."
       In a 2 Dec 1992 DV news item, Kopelson described the film’s budget as “$30 million plus.” According to production notes, The Fugitive was shot over fifteen weeks in Chicago and North Carolina. For the train wreck, the crew traveled to Dillsboro, North Carolina and used the Smokey Mountain Railway. The train weighed 250,000 pounds and was derailed at 45 miles per hour. Also according to production notes, Davis filmed the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade in real time, so the filmmakers were only able to utilize the three-hour window of the parade to shoot the street chase in which Sam Gerard pursues Richard Kimble.
       A 14 Jul 1993 WSJ article discussed Warner Bros.’ TV ads for the film, which were estimated by a rival studio executive to cost between $12 and $15 million. The studio aired long 90-second advertisements nightly on several networks to attract not only existing fans but younger people with no knowledge of the television series, in order to make the most of their PG-13 rating.
       The film opened in 2,000 theaters on August 6, 1993 to positive reviews. Critics appreciated the story-driven suspense, unfettered by excessive violence, gratuitous pop songs, or bad language. Var described the film as “a consummate nail-biter that never lags…has a sympathetic lead, a stunning antagonist, state-of-the-art special effects, top-of-the-line craftsmanship and a taut screenplay.” According to Box Office Mojo, the film earned $187,875,760 during its theatrical run.
       The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Tommy Lee Jones won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.


 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   27 Aug 1992.   
Daily Variety   2 Dec 1992.   
Daily Variety   10 Aug 1993.   
Hollywood Reporter   2 Aug 1993   p. 5, 28.
Los Angeles Times   6 Aug 1993   p. 1.
New York Times   6 Aug 1993   p. 1.
Variety   9 Aug 1993   p. 34.
WSJ   14 Jul 1993.   

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