The Fugitive is about Dr. Richard Kimble, played by Harrison Ford, who is wrongly accused of killing his wife. He is tried and convicted but on his way to prison his prison transport crashes and Kimble escapes. He sets his sights on trying to find the one arm man he saw kill his wife to clear his name and to get his wife the justice he feels she deserves. As soon as Kimble escapes he becomes the problem of the US Marshal’s office and the US Marshal assigned to capture Kimble is Samuel Gerard played by Tommy Lee Jones. Gerard does not care if Kimble is innocent or guilty in the beginning, he is only set on doing his job and capturing the fugitive. As time goes by, and Gerard starts to see the evidence that Kimble is uncovering, he begins to become convinced that Kimble is innocent. In the end Gerard is faced with deciding whether or not to do his job and bring Kimble in or help Kimble clear his name. The final decision by Gerard was quite a surprise and the ending to The Fugitive is equally surprising.
While filming The Fugitive Harrison Ford damaged his leg during the scenes where he is running through the woods. He refused surgery and felt that it would be more realistic if he kept the injury and let the limp show on his character. Harrison Ford is known for such dedication to roles as this is the same guy the stapled his hat to his head in the Indiana Jones movies. Such realism really came through to the audience and not only was The Fugitive a huge success but it also paved the way for sequels in which Tommy Lee Jones was equally as brilliant as he was in The Fugitive.