The Fugitive

The Fugitive is a 1993 film starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. It is centered around Dr. Richard Kimble (Ford) who has been wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife. He escapes from prison custody and returns to Chicago to find his wife's real murderer. On his trail is Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones), who is determined to capture the elusive doctor.

Year:
1993
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[Gerard and the sheriff are interviewing the prison guard who survived the bus wreck and train derailment]

Old Prison Guard:
...the bus rolls over several times before it settled at the bottom of the hill here. I don't know if I passed out or what, but, when I looked up, the train was bearing down on us. Fast. I don't know how, uh, it's-still kinda hazy, but, somehow I grabbed him and---and I pushed him out of the bus.

Sheriff Rollins:
You're a brave man. You could've both been killed.

Old Prison Guard:
Yeah, I know! But, hell, he's my partner. He would have done the same for me.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Excuse me, sheriff, I'm United States Marshal Samuel Gerard. I'd like to talk to you-

Sheriff Rollins:
[sincerely] Uh, I'll be with you in just a minute. [turns his attention back to the guard]

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
OK.

Sheriff Rollins:
One more time. Just for the record, uh, these three are dead? [He shows the guard photos of Carlson, Copeland and Pernilla]

Old Prison Guard:
Yeah.

Sheriff Rollins:
And, uh, this one? [shows the guard a sheet with Kimble's mugshot; the guard looks at it closely]

Old Prison Guard:
Well, everything happened so fast. Uh.... no, I don't think he made it. [The sheriff turns back to Gerard]

Sheriff Rollins:
Well, looks like you came a long way for nothin'.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
With all due respect, uh, Sheriff Rollins, I'd like to recommend checkpoints on a fifteen mile radius at I-57, I-24, and over here on Route 13 east of Chester-

Sheriff Rollins:
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa, wait a minute: uh, the prisoners are all dead. The only thing checkpoints are gonna do is get a lot of good people frantic around here and flood my office with calls.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Well, shit, Sheriff, I would really hate to see that happen, so I guess I'll take over your investigation. [Rollins looks at him incredulously]

Sheriff Rollins:
[scoffs] On what authority?

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Governor of the State of Illinois, United States Marshal's Office, Fifth District, Northern Illinois. [pause]

Sheriff Rollins:
All right, fine. Uh, you want jurisdiction over this mess? [hands the file over to Gerard] You got it. [to his deputies] Okay boys, gather around here and listen up! Uh, we're shuttin' it down, Wyatt Earp's here to mop up.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
That's funny. "Wyatt Earp". [Biggs shoulders his way through the crowd]

Marshal Bobby Biggs:
Excuse me. Sam! Sam! [Gerard looks at what's in Biggs' hands]

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Oh, wow, gee whiz! Look here! [dangles a set of unshackled leg irons in front of the guard] You know, we're always fascinated when we find leg irons with no legs in them! Who held the keys, sir?

Old Prison Guard:
Me.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Where are those keys at?

Old Prison Guard:
I don't know.

Deputy Erin Poole:
Care to revise your statement, sir?

Old Prison Guard:
What?

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Do you want to change your bullshit story, sir? [Poole shows the photo of Kimble to the guard]

Old Prison Guard:
[after looking at it for a few seconds] He mighta got out.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
"He mighta got out"?

Sheriff Rollins:
What the hell is this?! A minute ago you're telling me was part of the wreckage! Now he might have gotten out?!

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Listen up, ladies and gentlemen! Our fugitive has been on the run for ninety minutes. Average foot speed over uneven ground barring injuries is 4 miles per hour and that gives us a radius of... six 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 fifteen miles. Your fugitive's name is Doctor Richard Kimble. Go get him.

[Gerard is on the phone in his office]

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
What can I tell you, sir? Mr. Copeland was a bad man. He was gonna kill one of my kids. [listens] Well, sir, you can blame me, I mean I'm the one who shot him. [sets down the receiver and hands the file on Copeland over to another agent, then heads into a conference room where his other deputies are listening to the tapped phone call Kimble made to his lawyer] So he showed up not dead yet. [closes the doors behind him] Let that be a lesson to you, boys and girls. Don't ever argue with the big dog. The big dog is always right. [Biggs barks like a happy dog; Gerard leans back in his chair]

Deputy Poole:
Yeah you've been right before. [Gerard laughs dryly]

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
All right. [The techs play the phone call from the beginning; as the conversation plays, we hear a bell ringing in the background; at the point where Walter asks Kimble for his location, the rumbling of a train passing overhead can be heard]

Marshal Henry:
I might be crazy, but that train sounds like an 'L'.

Deputy Bobby Biggs:
St. Louis doesn't have an elevated train.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
How do you know it's an elevated train?

Marshal Stevens:
You know, I think he's right. I lived under an 'L' for twenty years.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
[sarcastically] Oh, then you can explain the difference in the sound of an elevated train as opposed to a train that's running along the ground! Play that back. I wanna hear the sounds of an elevated train.

Marshal Cosmo Renfro:
All right, now wait a minute. What cities have 'L's? New York's got an 'el', Philly-

Deputy Bobby Biggs:
We do.

Marshal Cosmo Renfro:
We got an 'el', Milwaukee's got a-

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Hold it right there! When the lawyer says he's guilty and there's bells in the background, there's a guy on a PA. I wanna drop everything but the guy on the PA. Can you do that?

Technician:
Yeah, I'll try it. Hold on. [presses a few buttons, rewinds the tape, and presses play; at the point where Walter asks Kimble "Why did you run?" a distinguishable P.A. voice comes on]

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Right there.

PA Announcer on tape:
[unintelligable] Next stop...

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
What's he saying? Something like "Next," uh, "stop"? It sounds like "Next stop." Do that again. [The tech rewinds, presses a few more buttons, and replays that portion of the clip; this time, the announcer is more clearly audible]

PA Announcer on tape:
Next Stop: Merchandise Mart.

Deputy Poole:
[repeating the announcer's words] "Merchandise Mart".

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
Son-of-a-bitch, our boy came home.

Marshal Cosmo Renfro:
[realizing] That bell! That bell's the bell on the Wells Street Bridge. It's six blocks away.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard:
I knew that was an elevated train.

Marshal Bobby Biggs:
[standing up] Oh yeah, big dog, you're never wrong.

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