Thirty years ago today, The Fugitive was released, instantly becoming a massive hit and surpassing expectations to ride a wave of critical acclaim all the way to a Best Picture nomination – and a win for Tommy Lee Jones. Itself adapted from the highly-rated 1960s suspense series, the plot centers on Dr. Richard Kimble (a winning Harrison Ford), a vascular surgeon framed for the murder of his wife (Sela Ward). . After being sentenced to death, he escapes from custody following a bus crash and sets out to find the real killer and clear his name while being hunted by the police and a team of U.S. Marshals, led by Jones’ Lieutenant Gerard.
The Fugitive spent six weeks as the #1 film in the United States, and grossed nearly $370 million worldwide against a $44 million budget. It was followed by a 1998 spin-off, U.S. Marshals, in which Jones reprised his role as Deputy Marshal Gerard along with some others of his earlier Marshals team. Go see it!