Parents' Guide to

The Fugitive

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Heart-pounding thriller with great acting.

Movie PG-13 1993 125 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 13+

Great movie but there is a flashback sex scene

This is a great movie. My 13 year old and I enjoyed it. It is a bit violent and intense at times. The only uncomfortable parts to watch were a flashback of a sexual scene and a couple of bloody hospital surgery scenes.
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age 14+

Exciting movie

I showed this to my 14-year-old who really liked it. An exciting bus crash / train wreck sequence near the beginning. A few sexy scenes between husband and wife — she leaves clothes strewn up the stairs to entice him, and some brief in-bed scenes of shoulders/camisole and up only, with loving kisses, also if I’m remembering right she is on top of him. But given that most kids this age have unfortunately seen porn already, it’s a good counter to that, being within a deeply loving relationship. Also, some violence as she is attacked and murdered. Still, I think appropriate for age 14 and up. A good amount of humor in it, too.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (38):

Based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, The Fugitive isn't some cheap knockoff. Gripping from the moment it starts, this is a sterling example of how action pictures should be made. Clever storytelling and editing build the suspense. Director Andrew Davis frames Chicago beautifully through panning aerial shots. Throw in a moving score and super tight script and you'll get why it was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. The only use of sensational effects is a train derailment so convincing that you'll suspect the filmmakers crashed a real train to get the footage. They did.

Tommy Lee Jones won an Oscar for his supporting role, and, as Kimble, Harrison Ford is particularly sympathetic. Seeing him tracked cross-country through hospital corridors and a sewer system, we never forget that he's a man devastated by his wife's death. Strange to say about someone fleeing the law, but Kimble can actually serve as a role model of sorts for older kids. A loving husband, a caring surgeon who more than once risks his life to help others in need, he uses his wits to nonviolently steer the law toward the man they're really after. And, Tommy Lee Jones won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance.

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