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Plot, Details & Awards

The Fugitive

(1993)

Rated PG-13 for a murder and other action sequences in an adventure setting.

PG-13 In Theaters 08/6/1993 , 127min.
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Plot & Details

This 1993 box-office smash partly adheres to the 1960s TV series on which it is based and partly goes off on several tangents of its own. Harrison Ford stars as Dr. Richard Kimble, convicted of murdering his wife. While being transferred to prison by bus, Kimble is involved in a spectacular bus-train collision (one of the best of its kind ever filmed). Surviving the disaster, Kimble escapes, vowing to track down the elusive professional criminal whom he holds responsible for the murder. Dogging the fugitive every foot of the way is U.S. marshal Sam Gerard (an Oscar-winning turn by Tommy Lee Jones), who announces his intention to search "every whorehouse, doghouse, and outhouse" to bring Kimble to justice. Unlike his dour TV-series counterpart Barry Morse, Jones plays the role with a sardonic sense of humor: when a cornered Kimble screams, "I didn't kill my wife," Gerard shrugs and famously replies, "I don't care." Once the premise has been established, scripters Jeb Stuart and David Twohy and director Andrew Davis pull off several audacious plot twists, ranging from Kimble's rendezvous with a sympathetic lab technician to a jaw-dropping dive into a huge waterfall. The second half of the film offers one surprise after another (including the true identity of the murderer), brilliantly avoiding the letdown that plagues many movie adaptations of old TV series.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Bruce Stambler Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score James Newton Howard Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Michael Chapman Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Donald O. Mitchell Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Michael Herbick Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing David Finfer Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Arnold Kopelson Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Dov Hoenig Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects John Leveque Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Frank A. Montaño Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Scott D. Smith Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Dean Goodhill Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Don Brochu Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Richard Nord Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Dennis Virkler Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Harrison Ford Nominated
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Tommy Lee Jones Won
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Andrew Davis Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Michael Chapman Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Directors Guild of America Best Director Andrew Davis Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones Won

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