Averted in The Remake, in which episodes (or the exteriors, at least) were filmed wherever they were set—New Orleans, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, etc. This unfortunately made the show very expensive to produce and this is believed to have been a factor in its cancellation.
Creator's Favorite Episode: The show's associate producer/co-producer,note from season 3 George Eckstein, liked season 3's two-parter "Landscape with Running Figures" because it was the only script which came in, other than his own,note Eckstein wrote or co-wrote 10 episodes, including "The Judgment" that could have been filmed with no rewrites needed, but Eckstein asked Anthony Wilson to expand it.
Lt. Gerard was played by the English-born Canadian Barry Morse. A good thing, too, since any time a person on the street got too threatening to him for being mean to Kimble, he could switch to his native accent and say, "Blimey, guv, I ain't who you think I am! Must be that bloke on the telly who looks like me."
"Shadow of the Swan" catches British-born Joanna Pettet early in her decades-long run playing Fake Americans on TV.
Fake Brit: "No Strings Attached" sees American Rex Thompson as virtuoso violinist Geoffrey Martin. It's especially noticeable when he's in a scene with Donald Pleasence (as his manager).
I Am Not Spock: Barry Morse said that on more than one occasion he was accosted by elderly ladies in supermarkets, telling him to "leave that nice Dr. Kimble alone" and insisting that the One-Armed Man was the true killer.
Name's the Same: Looking at all the aliases Kimble had, he posed as some pretty interesting people...he was Florida-based soul singer Paul Kelly in "Tug of War", famous newspaper columnist Jack Anderson in "Second Sight", Fugs co-founder Ed Sanders in "Death is the Door Prize", My Little Margie co-star Charlie Farrell in "Dossier on a Diplomat" and, if Richard Clark went by the nickname 'Dick', then Kimble posed as him as well in "Nicest Fella You'd Ever Want to Meet".
Patricia Smith played a character named Amy Adams in the episode "Man On a String".
Wright King played a character named Joe Penny in the episode "Running Scared". Unfortunately, William Conrad does not have any scenes with him.
Kimble's brother-in-law, Leonard Taft, was played by several different actors.
Also Gerard's wife. She appeared briefly in two episodes, each time played by a different bit actress (one of them was even uncredited). The one time she had a major role to play was in a rare two-parter where she was played by Special Guest Star Barbara Rush.
Real-Life Relative: Jill Janssen, David's younger sister, has a small part in the episode "The Ivy Maze". David's mother, Berniece Janssen, also made appearances in bit parts.
In The Remake, Amy Van Nostrand, Tim Daly's Real Life wife, guest-starred in the episode "And In That Darkness" as Grace, a psychiatric patient Kimble befriends and assists.
Recycled: The Series: Despite technically being a remake of the original series, the 2000 edition was created by those who produced the movie and is therefore far more based on it, with elements such as the Kimbles being Happily Married, Helen being wealthy, hints of a huge conspiracy being behind Helen's murder, etc.
Writer Arthur Weiss is credited with one episode of the new series and three of the old series. Lou Antonio, who appeared as an actor in three episodes of the original series, directed an episode of the new series. William Graham directed two episodes of the new series, and seven of the old series.
Similarly Named Works: The Twilight Zone (1959) featured an episode entitled "The Fugitive" that had absolutely nothing to do with this series, except for the star of the TZ episode, J. Pat O'Malley, who guest-starred three times on The Fugitive.
Janssen liked to joke that Kimble killed his wife because she talked too much (most prominently, he stated this when asked about the ending in Joey Bishop's late night talk show, shortly before the finale was due to air).
Barry Morse and David Janssen also made up an alternate epilogue to the finale for fun: In it, Kimble wakes up in bed next to his wife, saying that he just had the most horrible nightmare.
There's a persistent rumour that an alternate ending, revealing Kimble with a false arm and therefore as the real killer, had actually been planned. In "The Fugitive Recaptured", Barry Morse suggests that this may stem from a plan he and Janssen had to pull some kind of false-arm gag at public appearances, even though they never went through with it. Either that or...
In an interview with TV Guide given around the time of the series finale, Janssen stated that his idea for the ending was to have Kimble sitting on the beach, reading about the execution of the One-Armed Man in the newspaper. Then he would get up, detach his prosthetic arm and walk off into the sea. It's hard to say now, but he was probably kidding...
"Landscape with Running Figures" was written as an hour-long episode; associate producer George Eckstein felt it could be a two-parter.
You Look Familiar: Lots of actors will guest star in more than one episode in a different role. Perhaps the best example is Richard Anderson, who played Kimble's brother-in-law, Len Taft in the last 2 episodes. Anderson guest starred in 6 episodes total. The last 2 are the only ones where he played Len.
Julianne Moore is billed fourth in the film, although she wasn't a well-known actress at the time of its release and her character only has a few minutes of total screen time. This initially wasn't the case; Moore's character was originally written to have a much larger role as an ally and a love interest for Kimble.
Sela Ward, as the doomed Helen Kimble, doesn't get much more screen time, and she's billed third — though this is justified, as her character is also an example of Small Role, Big Impact.
Banned in China: Inverted. This was the first American movie shown in Chinese theaters in over 40 years. Audiences accustomed to local movies were blown away when they saw it and it became a huge hit there.
Cast the Expert: Joseph F. Kasala, who played Detective Rosetti, is a retired Chicago police detective. He helped script the interrogation scene based off of his experiences.
The Danza: Joel Robinson as Joel (the injured boy in the hospital whose life Kimble saves).
Deleted Scene: Plenty. If you read the finished script or the novelization, you'll have an idea of what was cut. Although you can find stills with a Google image search—Kimble testifying at his trial, Kimble in a convenience store, Kimble eating in a diner—overall, they appear to have been lost forever; unlike many other movies, there's been no "Director's Cut" released, nor were any deleted scenes included as extras on the Blu-Ray or 20th Anniversary DVD.
Development Hell: There had been plans to make the film five years before it finally came to fruition. At least nine different writers worked through 25 different screenplays.
DVD Commentary: The commentary with Andrew Davis and Tommy Lee Jones is probably one of the most disappointing ever. Davis spends most of the time simply talking about shooting locations and praising ever actor on screen while Jones' is quiet most of the time and when he does speak his comments amount to things like "I liked this part" and "it was cold that day".
Done by Harrison Ford to himself. He deliberately did not study the script for the scene where Kimble is being questioned by the police, since he wanted his responses and reactions to be as realistic as possible.
Then, he injured his knee during filming, but postponed surgery until the movie was complete. The result? A limp, which turned out to work perfectly because it emphasized Kimble's vulnerability, added even more tension to the chase scenes, and seemed completely realistic in light of all the physical things Kimble was doing.
Executive Meddling: As cited in the Deleted Scene post, Andrew Davis chose to cut material from the film without being asked to do so, wanting to whittle down the running time.
Missing Trailer Scene: Subverted. While the official trailer is of Gerard's famous "—-house" speech, one will note that his tone and inflection are somewhat different from that in the movie, as are the scenes of Kimble running through the woods and Helen struggling with the one-armed man.
Another has a slightly more explicit love scene between Helen and Richard. (At about 1:10)
On-Set Injury: Harrison Ford damaged some ligaments in his leg during the filming of the scenes in the woods. He refused to take surgery until the end of filming so that his character would keep the limp. The limp can be seen in any subsequent scene where Richard Kimble is running.
The Other Marty: Richard Jordan was originally cast as Dr. Charles Nichols, but he was extremely ill (he ended up passing away a few weeks after the film was released), thus being replaced with Jeroen Krabbé.
Referenced by...: As one AV Club article mentions, it's quite hard post 2015 to remember the movie's ending without thinking of John Mulaney's story in his The Comeback Kid Netflix special about a Bill Clinton rally that begins with him explaining it happened at the same hotel ballroom as the ending and continually getting sidetracked to explain and then critique the film... also the story itself is pretty great.
Serendipity Writes the Plot: The chase through the St. Patrick's Day parade only happened because the parade was occurring at the same time as filming. Permission was granted for the producers to film the parade.
Spiritual Successor: David Twohy, one of the screenwriters for the film, went on to create The Chronicles of Riddick... a franchise solely about a Fugitive set in the distant future on absurdly inhospitable extrasolar planets.
Technology Marches On: In this film, Kimble is able to correct a potentially fatal medical mistake by writing in the correct diagnosis on a patient's chart. Nowadays, notes and instructions are inputted directly into computer systems accessible only by authorized staff, meaning Kimble would have needed to find a more elaborate solution to save the patient's life.
Those Two Actors: Ron Dean and Joseph F. Kosala, who play Detective Kelly and Detective Rosetti, worked together in two other films previously that involved the Chicago Police Department: Code of Silence (starring Chuck Norris) and Above the Law (1988) (starring Steven Seagal).note Interestingly, Henry Silva plays the Big Bad in both of those movies They did so again in Chain Reaction (also directed by Andrew Davis). Altogether, they were paired (often in the same scene) in six Andrew Davis films.
Throw It In: Jones ad-libbed his famous "I don't care!" line (the scripted version was "It's not my problem") as well as many other comments his character makes. It was nominated, though not ranked, for AFI's "Quotes" list.
As cited above, Kimble's limp is the result of a genuine injury Ford sustained during filming.
Kimble seeking cover in the St. Patrick's Day parade wasn't scripted either. The parade just happened to be running at the same time as filming and someone thought it would be a great idea.
There were plans to make either Dr. Kathy Wahlund (Jane Lynch) or Dr. Anne Eastman (Julianne Moore) a love interest for Kimble. This was nixed as (a) it would have been distateful for Kimble to take a new lover while trying to solve the murder of his wife (whom he was clearly still grieving for), and (b) such a story would have distracted from the "chase" aspects of the film.
Cosmo was originally written to have died after being hit by the I-beam. Joe Pantoliano had a different idea in mind: Merely be injured, so that if they made a sequel, he could be in it. Sure enough, there was a sequel.
Two sentencing scenes were filmed—one sentencing Kimble to death, the other to life in prison, which Ford preferred.
At least one early version of the script had Gerard as the one who had hired the one-armed man to kill Kimble's wife as revenge for a botched surgery on his wife.
Barry Morse (the original Gerard) was offered a cameo appearance as Dr. Lentz, but turned it down.
Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: The movie was largely made this way, on the flyalthough one would never suspect by watching it, as it looks very carefully planned.