The third biggest hit of 1993, The Fugitive is a rare case of an action movie so expertly executed that it earned a slew of Oscar nominations (seven to be exact). A staple of many movie-going diets, the film has the mysterious ability to withstand countless viewings. But with these 12 little known facts, you’ll come into your next encounter with the man with the mechanical arm with a brand new perspective.
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12 things you didn’t know about ‘The Fugitive’
The never-ending scriptLong before a final cast and crew came together, many writers tried their hand at The Fugitive. In total, nine screenwriters were employed and roughly 25 drafts were completed.Warner Bros.
The first choiceHarrison Ford might seem like no-brainer casting for Dr. Richard Kimble, but he wasn't the first choice. Like the previous year's Patriot Games, Ford stepped in when Alec Baldwin passed.Rolling Stone
Kimble's apartmentDuring pre-production, Harrison Ford and director Andrew Davis met a real Chicago doctor in a local bar. When Ford concluded that this man was the perfect model for Richard Kimble, he asked the art department to model his character's home on the real deal.Warner Bros.
Unusually innocentIn The Fugitive, Harrison Ford plays a man wrongly accused of murder. Appropriately enough, this is one of the only Ford action movies where he doesn't kill anyone.Warner Bros.
Getting off trackIn 1992, The Fugitive wowed audiences with a memorable train crash. While this stunt is undeniably impressive, the actual derailment was an accident.Warner Bros.
The limpHarrison Ford suffered a serious leg injury early in production. Rather than take time off for surgery and recovery, he decided to immortalize his very authentic limp on the big screen.Warner Bros.
"I don't care"Tommy Lee Jones made several contributions to the screenplay, improvising some of Samuel Gerard's best lines. When Kimble says he didn't kill his wife, Gerard was supposed to say, "That isn't my problem," but Jones went in a more blunt direction, responding "I don't care."Warner Bros.
Blind spotThe Fugitive is based on a popular '60s TV series starring David Janssen, but when the film was released, Ford made a surprising admission: he never saw a single episode.imdb.com
Cutting it closeWhen director Andrew Davis screened his cut of The Fugitive for Warner Bros., they told him not to change a frame. Nonetheless, he continued fine-tuning, cutting an additional 20 minutes from the film.Warner Bros.
The big pictureWhen The Fugitive earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, it was the first adaptation of a TV series to ever achieve that feat.Warner Bros.
An eye for oscarsTommy Lee Jones was more surprised than anyone when he won an Oscar for his performance in the film, but he should have seen it coming. Before he signed on, previous Oscar winners Gene Hackman and Jon Voight both flirted with the role.themoviedb.org
Making the sequelOptimistic about The Fugitive's potential, Joe Pantoliano pleaded with the filmmakers to let his character live. (He dies in the script.) They gave Pantoliano his wish, allowing him to return five years later for the sequel (U.S. Marshals).Warner Bros.