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The Fugitive

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Notes: TBD
Title: The Fugitive
Genre: Dude with a Problem - Law Enforcement Problem
Year: 1993
Runtime: 130 mins
Author: Mr. West's class
Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106977/
Screenplay: http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Fugitive,-The.html
Log Line: After he's wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, a high-powered surgeon escapes custody and hunts down the real killer, a one-armed man.
(TBD) Opening Image: The Fugitive opens with a dark, ominous tone and a slightly violent scene. The image is Kimble being treated like a criminal, as the cops take him away with reporters left and right accusing him of murdering his own wife, Helen.
(TBD) Theme Stated: The movie's theme is stated when Sherriff Rollins says to Gerard, "Well, looks like you came a long way for nothin'." This statement foreshadows the fact that Kimble will have to go a long way for something. In this case, that "something" is his innocence and freedom. The movie will therefre explore the theme of truth and how truth will set one free.
(TBD) Setup: At this point, we have been introduced to all the characters of the A-story. We have Richard Kimble, the alleged murderer of his own wife who has been proven guilty and sentenced to death. Another main character is Samuel Gerard, the Deputy Marshal who will be one of the head figures in trying to capture Kimble. Kimble is sent to death row on a bus and feels very out-of-place and confused. He is used to having everything handed to him, but he soon realizes that he must survive on wit and independence.
(TBD) Catalyst: The catalyst moment in the movie is the bus/train crash and explosion. This serves as Kimble's life-changing event that gets rid of life as he knows it.
(TBD) Debate: Should Kimble stay or run? That is the debate question. It suddenly becomes clear to Kimble that if he stays, he will be captured and sent to his death, but if he decides to run, he may possibly prove his innocence and eventually prevail. This question is answered when he jumps off a tunnel, into the water, and swims away, leaving no trails.
(TBD) Break Into Two: While Gerard and the other Marshals are busy locating and rounding up the escaped convict from the bus, Kimble sneaks into a hospital to treat his wounds and change up his appearance. He accepts the fact that he must assume a new identity, in a physical and mental sense. Although it is very hard for him to accept, this is evidence that he can no longer come back to the "old" world which is the life he knew before his sentencing.
(TBD) B Story: There is no love story here, but instead, a "respect story" that exists between Gerard and Kimble. This relationship will carry the theme throughout the movie. Kimble's respect is earned by Gerard as he manages to say on his trail, despite all the obstacles he encounters. Kimble earns Gerard's respect as he leads Gerard to the truth-Kimble is innocent.
(TBD) Fun and Games: Here we are taking a quick break from all the seriousness of the movie. Some of the "promise of the premise" scenes include; the tunnel chase, Gerard craving a sprinkled donut, and Kimble stealing the old man's stuff at the hospital. Here, we are taking a breather from the stakes of the story. The mood is lighter than usual because Gerard isn't so obsessed with capturing Kimble at his point, nor is Kimble necessarily running away from Gerard as he tries to find a place to stay.
(TBD) Midpoint: The fun and games are over, and Kimble is back on his way to find out the murderer of his wife. He goes through a list of men with prosthetic limbs and discovers that one is in jail for armed robbery. He visits this man at the courthouse and learns he is not the murderer. Gerard arrives a little after Kimble, and gives him a close call when they pass by each other on the stairs. Kimble manages to escape as he blends in with the St. Patrick's Day parade. This serves as a false peak for Gerard since he spots Kimble, but does not actually capture him. It is also a false peak for Kimble in the sense that Gerard is temporarily defeated with his escape.
(TBD) Bad Guys Close In: Kimble's doubts begin to grow. Meanwhile, Gerard is starting to put two and two together and figures out some clues that lead him to catch up on Kimble's trail. Gerard is not one to give up so easily, and Kimble is headed for doom at he gets closer to being captured.
(TBD) All Is Lost: The whiff of death is when Kimble encounters Sykes on the train to the hotel. Ths confrontation is put to a halt when a cop pulls a gun on Kimble. Sykes ends up shooting the cop and Kimble manages to escape once again. However, several witnesses catch Kimble heading towards a hotel is is reported to the police department, making Kimble a dangerous suspect to the public eye. Even worse, there is nobody to help him out and he is alone.
(TBD) Dark Night of the Soul: Kimble discovers that his close friend, Nichols, has been hiding crucial information from him the whole time. This is the point where Kimble has to search deep within himself for a last-minute solution.
(TBD) Break into Three: The A and B stories meet when Gerard and Kimble come face-to-face in the hotel's laundry room. Gerard yells out to Kimble that he knows of his innocence. What really happened on the night of Helen's death is revealed: Nichols had the keys to Kimble's house, which allowed Sykes to get in without forced entry.
(TBD) Finale: Nichols knocks out a marshal, takes his gun, and is about to shoot Gerard when Kimble manages to stop him. With each other's help, Kimble and Gerard manage to send Nichols and Sykes into custody.
(TBD) Final Image: The final image is ultimately the opposite of the opening image. Here, the tone isn't very serious as it was in the beginning. We feel a sense of completion and relief because our hero, Kimble prevailed! Kimble is again escorted into a cop car, but this time, Gerard removes his handcuffs and the crowd is praising Kimble as a hero.
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