The Fugitive (1993)

The Fugitive Quote: “Listen up, ladies and gentlemen! Our fugitive has been on the run for 90 minutes. Average foot speed over uneven ground, barring injury, is 4 miles an hour which gives us a radius of 6 miles! What I want out of each and every one of you is a hard target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at 15 miles! Our fugitive’s name is Dr. Richard Kimble. Go get him.” – Deputy US Marshal Samuel Gerard

Most Shat The Movies features can be summed up as “great ideas gone wrong,” but what about a terrible idea gone right? On paper, 1993’s “The Fugitive” sounds ridiculous: A vascular surgeon is sentenced to death but escapes to find his wife’s one-armed killer while diving, punching, and spying his way to freedom.

But sometimes charm, practical effects, a clever script, and non-stop thrills come together to make movie magic. In this episode, the Shat Crew had to ask itself, “Were Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones really that good? Was the dam scene that exciting? Was Julianne Moore really in this movie?” Or were we all fooled by childhood excitement and nostalgia?

Big D explores justice versus vengeance. Ash recalls the psychological scars left by the opening murder. And Gene once again asks why the movie’s smart guy isn’t smarter.

Plot Summary: “The Fugitive” Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) escapes from the law in an attempt to find her killer and clear his name. Pursuing him is a team of U.S. marshals led by Deputy Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), a determined detective who will not rest until Richard is captured. As Richard leads the team through a series of intricate chases, he discovers the secrets behind his wife’s death and struggles to expose the killer before it is too late.
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