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The Fugitive

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What's it About

Andrew Davis's adaptation of the '60s TV series involves Dr. Richard Kimble (Ford), a prominent Chicago doctor accused of murdering his wife. The jury doesn't buy Kimble's story about confronting a one-armed man in his apartment the night his wife was killed, and he gets convicted. When Kimble escapes custody, he hunts the real culprit, and ace U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard (Jones) is assigned to track him down. Will Gerard nab Kimble before the doctor can clear himself?

Why we love it

"The Fugitive" stands as a textbook example of a first-rate thriller, buoyed by Davis's breathless pacing and a picture-stealing performance from Jones, who won an Oscar. Drawing from his Indiana Jones days, Ford is just right as the besieged hero always one step ahead of disaster, but Jones's Gerard, whose drive is offset by a wry, folksy humor, is intensely charismatic as the intrepid hound-dog on Kimble's trail. Over two decades after its initial release, it's worth another peek if you haven't seen it since. As to first-timers — well, it'd be a crime to miss it.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"