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The Fugitive (1947)




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The Fugitive was shot on location in Mexico by that country's premiere cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa. Henry Fonda plays a Christ-like priest in an unnamed Latin-American country where religion has been outlawed. Though incognito in a backwater village, Fonda cannot help but seem more spiritual and mystical than those around him. Meanwhile, another fugitive, homicidal-bandit Ward Bond, stumbles into the village. Bond and the beautiful Dolores del Rio, whose illegitimate child has been secretly baptized by Fonda, conspire to help the priest escape. Once Fonda is on safe ground, he is implored by police spy J. Carroll Naish to return to the village, ostensibly because Bond is dying and wishes to have last rites. Fonda is captured and sentenced to death, but is willing to forgive the repentant Naish for betraying him. The priest dies a martyr, and the outpouring of public grief proves to the authorities that simply outlawing religion will never subjugate the hearts and minds of the people.

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Henry Fonda
as Fugitive
Pedro Armendáriz
as Lieutenant of Police
Dolores Del Rio
as Indian Woman
Ward Bond
as El Gringo
Leo Carrillo
as Chief of Police
J. Carroll Naish
as Police Spy
Robert Armstrong
as Police Sergeant
Fortunio Bonanova
as Governor's Cousin
Chris-Pin Martin
as Organ Player
José Torvay
as Mexican
Mel Ferrer
as Father Serra
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Critic Reviews for The Fugitive

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

John Ford’s underrated adaptation of Catholic novelist Graham Greene's masterpiece The Power and the Glory… softens and conventionalizes Greene's difficult parable, but still packs spiritual punch.

May 30, 2003 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the result falls miserably short of its mark.

July 15, 2021 | Full Review…

John Ford's The Fugitive is as beautiful a film as was ever lensed.

February 3, 2012 | Full Review…

John Ford has made a moody, grim film out of Greene's novel, feature a strong performance by Henry Fonda.

April 25, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Unusual, rarely seen John Ford minor classic with Fonda.

April 23, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

Turgid, slow moving, lacking in dramatic tension, too grating and simplistic in its obvious religious symbols, and losing its moral urgency from the novel.

May 16, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fugitive

Said to be Ford's favorite, of his own films. while I may not share his sentiment entirely, this is definitely a must for Ford fans. Fonda turns in another dynamite performance and Ford's cinematography is breathtaking as usual.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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