The Fugitive (film)/YMMV

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    • Adaptation Displacement: At least to some extent since the film was made 26 years after the TV show ended, although most viewers were at least aware that the show existed.
    • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was the Chicago Police Department so stuck in the dark about who actually murdered Kimble's wife, or did they frame Kimble to protect the one-armed-man , who was a former CPD cop?
    • Award Snub: Tommy Lee Jones was amazing as Gerard, but he got his Oscar at the expense of Ralph Fiennes' turn as Amon Goeth in Schindler's List.
    • Complete Monster: Dr. Nichols. As despicable as the one-armed man was, he was merely hired muscle. Nichols? Arranged the murder of Kimble and his wife, did absolutely nothing while Kimble was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death, then acted as though he were aiding Kimble in his efforts to prove his innocence, while in reality he was again planning to have Kimble killed. He did all this while pretending to be Kimble's friend and all for the money he was going to make off of a pharmaceutical deal.
    • Ensemble Darkhorse: Harrison Ford held the movie together with his portrayal of Kimble, but Tommy Lee Jones stole the movie as the no-nonsense Gerard. It's telling that they made a Spin-Off for Gerard in U.S. Marshals.
    • Harsher in Hindsight: Chicago Police Department convicting an innocent man? Like that'd happen in real life.
    • Memetic Mutation: Someone who's obviously, visibly guilty of something blaming "the one-armed man."
      • "I didn't kill my wife!" "I DON'T CARE!"
    • Retroactive Recognition: Julianne Moore as the ER doctor.
      • Neil Flynn as the cop on the subway, especially due to the scene's appearance in Scrubs.
      • Rose, from Lost is one of the U.S. Marshals.
      • Jane Lynch has four lines as a doctor being questioned by the marshals.
    • Signature Scene: The dam jump or escaping the prison bus.

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