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U.S. Marshals (1997)



Critic Consensus: A rote albeit well-cast action thriller, U.S. Marshals suffers badly in comparison to the beloved blockbuster that preceded it.

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Tommy Lee Jones returns as United States Marshall Sam Gerard, the role that earned him an Academy Award, in this sequel to the 1993 blockbuster The Fugitive. Gerard has been assigned to escort a federal prisoner to a maximum security prison in Missouri. On the same flight is Mark Sheridan (Wesley Snipes), who has been arrested and charged with the murders of two Federal agents, though he insists he's innocent. The plane is involved in an accident leading to a crash, and after helping to rescue some of the passengers, Sheridan escapes. The State Department informs Gerard that finding Sheridan and putting him back behind bars is a top priority, and Gerard sets out on his trail, with the very much uncalled-for assistance of eccentric FBI agent John Royce (Robert Downey Jr.). However, Gerard soon begins to wonder just how Sheridan became such an important man in the eyes of the government, while Sheridan is determined to find out who turned him in to the authorities. U.S. Marshals also features Joe Pantoliano, Daniel Roebuck, and Kate Nelligan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Tommy Lee Jones
as Chief Deputy Marshal Sam Gerard
Wesley Snipes
as Mark Sheridan
Kate Nelligan
as U.S. Marshal Walsh
Joe Pantoliano
as Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro
Tom Wood
as Newman
Rick Snyder
as Frank Barrows
Johnny Lee Davenport
as Deputy Marshal Henry
Donald Li
as Detective Kim
Marc Vann
as Deputy Jackson
Michael Guido
as Distracted Driver
Robert Mohler
as Young Cop
as Female Cop
Karen Vaccaro
as Hospital Cashier
David Kersnar
as Desk Sergeant
Tony Fitzpatrick
as Greg Conroy
Don Gibb
as Mike Conroy
Cynthia S. Baker
as Mama Conroy
Susan Hart
as Greg's Girlfriend
Vaitiare Bandera
as Stacia Vela
Don Herlon
as Detective Caldwell
Len Bajenski
as Deputy Hollander
Matt DeCaro
as Deputy Stern
Thomas Rosales Jr.
as 727 Prisoner
Christian Payton
as 1st 727 Deputy
Steve King
as 727 Pilot
Tracy Letts
as Sheriff Poe
Kent Reed
as Trooper with Dogs
Norman Max Maxwell
as Roadblock Trooper
Peter Mackie Burns
as State Trooper Captain
Roy Hytower
as Tracker
Ian Barford
as Royce's Guide
Robert Kurcz
as Kidnapped Man
Stephen A. Cinabro
as Undercover Deputy
Mindy Suzanne Bell
as Deputy Holt
Meg Thalken
as Saks Saleswoman
Lennox Brown
as Man in Green Cap
Varen Black
as Network Reporter
Ammar Daraiseh
as Drugstore Clerk
Romanos Isaac
as Ship's First Officer
Richard Pickren
as Prosecutor
Lynn Wilde
as Caldwell's Wife
Amy E. Jacobsen
as New York Reporter
Cliff Teinert
as Swamp Tracker
Ellen Hearn
as 4th Reporter
Janet Contursi
as Chicago Nurse
George J. Hynek Jr.
as New York Paramedic
Wendell Thomas
as New York Paramedic
E. Glenn Ward Jr.
as Elderly Resident
Marie Ware
as Elderly Resident
Rick LeFevour
as 10th Deputy
Jim Fierro
as 6th Deputy
Michael Braun
as 727 Co-pilot
Perry D. Sullivan
as 727 Navigator
Tony Paris
as Newman's Guide
Ed Fernandez
as Detective
Richard Wilkie
as Detective
Chick Bernhardt
as Royce's Guide
Tressana Alouane
as Mike's Girlfriend
Ralph J. Lucci
as Bartender
Louis Young
as 3rd Reporter
David A. Bales
as Man in Taxi
Chris Bean
as Bar Patron
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Critic Reviews for U.S. Marshals

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

The movie is basically a clip reel of action production numbers, though admittedly some of these are staged with a ta-da-da-da sense of showmanship.

January 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Yes, Jones is right on the money, and Snipes makes a sympathetic fugitive. But it's the story that has to pull this train, and its derailment is about as definitive as the train crash in the earlier film.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Unforgivably, it's reminiscent of a remake, since the idea of Gerard repeating his hunt for a nearly identical felon is improbable even in a fictional scenario.

September 24, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

US Marshals merely spins through the pursuit-thriller motions.

May 31, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If you can get past the naked exploitation of this mercenary sequel, U.S. Marshals is a sort of brain-rotting kind of fun (how's that for an endorsement?). [Blu-ray]

June 6, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

'U.S. Marshals' is not a bad film; it's just a very derivative one, with not enough of its own voice to persuade us it's anything more than a copycat.

June 5, 2012 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for U.S. Marshals

I've never seen the Fugitive so I really can't compare. For what it is, U.S Marshals is an average popcorn action thriller with a decent cast of actors. The plot is good enough to keep you interested and there's enough action to please the diehard action fan. There's a few things that are imperfect with the film, but for what it is, it's a good action film. Like I mentioned, I've never seen the Fugitive, but I really did like this film. This is a decent action film to watch. Tommy Lee Jones give a great performance, and this is one of the few films that Wesley Snipes has made that is quite good. U.S Marshals though watching it now looks dated. But it still somehow holds up. I've seen better films of this caliber, but for what it's worth, U.S Marshals is a well made popcorn film for an audience that wants mindless, thrilling entertainment. The film has it's downsides, but it still manages to be a good enough action film to please action buffs. I've seen better films with Tommy Lee Jones, and he does deliver here, but it's on of his weaker performances. U.S Marshals is a watchable film, but it's not the best in the action genre. Luckily what keeps the film afloat is the impressive names attached to the film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Tommy Lee Jones is the only reason to see this sequel to The Fugitive, and the strength of his character is probably the only reason it was made.

Roy Gutteridge
Roy Gutteridge

Super Reviewer

Nowhere near the level of the first, but really fun and a good movie on its own. Instead of following John Kimble and making a ridiculous and unprecedented sequel, it went with Tommy Lee Jones and his team. That move works all to well and has a great addition with Robert Downey Jr. However, what really sells the sequel is Wesley Snipes, who plays such a different character than Harrison Ford. He knows how to pound people in, but also be the good guy.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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