Back in 1993, when neither “movie adaptation of a TV show” nor “action picture released in August” were promising descriptors, The Fugitive was a pleasant surprise: a twisty, exciting, well-acted thriller, with a still-vital Harrison Ford playing a doctor wrongly accused of killing his wife, and an Oscar-nominated Tommy Lee Jones as the U.S. marshal who tries to catch him. Director Andrew Davis didn’t have a very impressive post-Fugitive career, but in the decade leading up to it he’d made a series of better-than-expected genre films: Code Of Silence, Above The Law, The Package, and Under Siege. The Fugitive brought to bear all that Davis had learned about efficient storytelling, tough-talking characters, and slam-bang action sequences. Working with a well-crafted Jeb Stuart/David Twohy script and a strong cast (including Joe Pantoliano and Julianne Moore), Davis delivered one of the most enjoyable mainstream blockbusters of the 1990s—good enough to pick up a surprise Best Picture nomination. The Fugitive airs on SundanceTV Saturday night at 9 p.m. Eastern.
February 06, 2015 Cable Pick Of The Day