Three Fugitives

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Three Fugitives
A man holding a smaller man in his arms, with a little girl sitting on the smaller man.
Promotional film poster
Directed by Francis Veber
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner
Written by Francis Veber
Starring
Music by David McHugh
Cinematography Haskell Wexler
Edited by Bruce Green
Production
company
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • January 27, 1989 (1989-01-27)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $40,586,886[1]

Three Fugitives is a 1989 crime-comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber, starring Nick Nolte and Martin Short, and featuring Sarah Rowland Doroff, James Earl Jones and Alan Ruck in supporting roles. It is a remake of Les Fugitifs, a 1986 French comedy starring Gérard Depardieu and Pierre Richard also directed by Veber.

The movie was popular at the box office, grossing more than $64 million against a budget of $15 million, despite receiving a general negative reception from critics.

Plot[edit]

Lucas (Nolte) has been in prison for armed robbery. On the day he is released, he gets taken hostage by Ned Perry (Short), an incompetent, novice criminal who robs a bank (to get money for treatment for his ill daughter, Meg) at the moment Lucas just happens to be there.

Detective Duggan (Jones) assumes they must be in it together and sets about tracking them down. Several chases, an accidental shooting, treatment from a crazy vet who thinks he's a dog and other capers follow, all the while Lucas trying to ditch his idiotic companion and prove his own innocence.

Whilst avoiding the law, the two form an unlikely partnership to help cure the silent Meg and make good their escape. They rescue Meg from the care home she's in (with Perry nearly ruining the whole affair with his clumsiness) and flee for Canada, pretending to be a married couple with a son.

All appears to end well. However, in the closing scene, Perry enters a Canadian bank to change some currency only to find himself taken hostage by a different bank robber in the same manner he originally kidnapped Lucas. Because of this unexpected development, Lucas does not need to say goodbye to Meg, with whom he has formed a bond.

Cast[edit]

Nick Nolte: Daniel James Lucas

Martin Short: Ned Perry

James Earl Jones: Detective Movan Duggan

Alan Ruck: Inspector Tenner

Sarah Doroff: Meghan "Meg" Perry

Kenneth McMillan: Horvath

David Arnott: Bank Teller

Lee Garlington: Constable Jane Karie

Bruce McGill: Charlie

Sy Richardson: Tucker

Rocky Giordani: Bowles

Stanley Brock: Release Sergent

Rick Hall: Dog Handler Billy

Brian Thompson: Second Thug

Jack McGee: Fisherman

Kathy Kinney: Receptionist

Larry Miller: Street Cop

Jeff Perry: Orderly #2

Scott Lincoln: Passenger Cop

Dinah Lenney: Reporter #1

John Aylward: Second Cop

Tim De Zarn: First Cop

Rhoda Gemignani: Radio Announcer

Charles Noland: Bartender Dave

Albert Henderson: Man In Raincoat

Gary Armagnac: Cop #2

Dean Smith: Barry "Playboy" Jones

Paul Tuerpe: Reporter #2

Mike MacDonald: Sergeant Snow

Michael Siegel: Cop #4

Phil Hartman: Joelien

Anderson Cooper and Lea Thompson have cameos in the film, although Cooper's role was before fame, and Thompson's was after Romancing the Stone, Back to the Future, and Howard the Duck.

Reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 14% based on 14 reviews as of May 2016.[2]

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