With its scenic beauty and friendly temperatures (save the summer months) Arizona offers a vast playground of outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, jogging, and recreational sports first come to mind, and although I love movies, watching a movie outside wouldn’t necessarily occur to me.
Well – at the moment – it does, because the Biltmore Fashion Park – located at 2502 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 – offers Spring Movies in the Park.
Every Friday at 7:30 p.m. through April 27, Biltmore is hosting screenings of classic films on their Center Lawn.
The best part? It’s free.
If you have questions on schedules or other details, you can go to their website.
This Friday, March 30, the wild thriller, “The Fugitive” (1993) starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in the film) makes an appearance.
Here’s my review.
“The Fugitive” (1993) 4.5 / 5 stars – I can’t stand it when someone accuses me of something I did not do.
False accusations thrown in my direction on very rare occasion have bothered me as long as I can remember.
Whether it was my mother funneling her frustration in my direction when my little brother breaks a dish, a girlfriend blaming me for arriving late when she clearly stated the wrong time, or a co-worker inaccurately implying to the boss we missed a deadline because of my slipup, yes, the average false accusation is my number one pet peeve.
So, I can’t imagine the level of frustration and anger I would feel if I was wrongly accused – and convicted in a court of law – of killing my wife.
This, however, is the exact scenario Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) faces.
Kimble says someone murdered his wife, Helen (Sela Ward), in their home while he worked a last-minute surgery at the hospital, however, the evidence certainly points to the good doctor committing homicide.
The wheels of swift justice turn quickly, and before one can say “I can’t believe it”, Dr. Kimble is convicted of murder and faces death by lethal injection.
Fate, however, intervenes and frees Dr. Kimble, and he finds himself on the run.
He’s a fugitive, and the man trying to bring him in is U.S. Marshall Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones).
Jones gives an Oscar-winning supporting performance as a relentless and brilliant tactician.
An articulate fast-thinker and communicator, Gerard finds clues, delivers hunches, barks orders, and shoots to kill in order to get his man.
Once Gerard gets the case – and he realizes Kimble is on the run for just 90 minutes – he yells to his people to search “every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse” for him.
With the biggest of stakes, this is a cat-and-mouse picture of the highest order, and Gerard resembles a pit-bull a lot more than your typical housecat.
Whether chasing Kimble through the catacombs of a mammoth dam in the wooded countryside or on the gritty mean-streets of Chicago, Gerard does not yield, and does not bargain.
I’ve experienced oodles and oodles of chase pictures before, and “The Fugitive” runs into the same patterns, but what makes this 1993 picture standout are Jones’s and Ford’s performances.
I haven’t even really talked about Ford too much, but he easily and comfortably falls into the highly intelligent doctor fighting for his freedom and his life.
Kimble pieces together the puzzle that turned his world upside-down, while trying to stay two steps ahead Gerard, so the film works as an intriguing mystery and as a first-class thrill ride grabbing you by the throat.
It’s true, and don’t accuse me of false hype.
“The Fugitive” is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
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