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  • California Doubling: Used for most episodes, leading naturally to It's Always Spring and occasional instances of Misplaced Vegetation and The Mountains of Illinois.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Barry Morse directed Season 4's "The Shattered Silence".
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Bill Raisch, who played the One-Armed Man, had lost his right arm in World War II.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Lt. Gerard was played by the English Barry Morse. A good thing, too, since anytime 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."
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    • "A Clean and Quiet Town" has Eduardo Cianelli as Viktor Lucheck.
    • In "The Last Oasis", Puerto Rican Jaime Sánchez plays a Native American.
    • Not a single member of the Hungarian Karac-family in "The Blessings of Liberty" is actually played by a Hungarian actor (instead it's one Austrian and three Americans).
  • It Will Never Catch On: Series creator Roy Huggins initially had great difficulty in selling the series to potential producers. Many of them felt that a series based on a wrongfully convicted man running from the law would be perceived as being too perverse, as well as a slap in the face to the American justice system.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • 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.
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  • Spiritual Adaptation: The series shares several plot and thematic elements with the novel and film Dark Passage, to the point where the novel's author (unsuccessfully) sued the show's producers for copyright infringement.
  • Trolling Creator: David Janssen and Barry Morse concerning the series's ending. A few examples:
    • 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...
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    • 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 Richard 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...
  • 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.


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  • Billing Displacement:
    • Julianne Moore is billed fourth in the film, although she wasn't a well-known star 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 they 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.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • 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.
  • Fake American: Dutch actor Jeroen Krabbé as the presumably American Dr. Charles Nichols.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Those Two Guys: 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 (starring Steven Seagal).note  They did so again in Chain Reaction (also directed by Andrew Davis).
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The official, completed script (which was filmed) before director Andrew Davis decided to trim a handful of scenes.
    • Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Costner, Michael Douglas, Andy García, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Michael Keaton, Nick Nolte, Al Pacino, Christopher Reeve, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were considered for Richard Kimble. In fact, Baldwin was cast, but dropped out over a salary dispute.
    • Gibson, Gene Hackman and Jon Voight were considered for Samuel Gerard.
    • 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.
    • An early draft of the script had a movie that was much more similar to the original series:
      • The Kimbles' marriage would have been unhappy.
      • Kimble traveling cross-country to find his wife's killer (presumably, this film would have taken place over a longer time period than the finished product).
      • Kimble finding love with Helen's sister (again, the longer time period would have made this more palatable).
    • Non-natives:
      • The movie would have started out in Philadelphia rather than Chicago.
      • It would have begun with Kimble's sentencing, with the story of their marriage and her murder taking place via numerous flashbacks.
      • The killer would have been a hit man hired by Helen's father to stop her from revealing that he'd sexually abused her and her sister.
    • 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.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: The movie was largely made this way, on the fly—although one would never suspect by watching it, as it looks very carefully planned.
  • You Might Remember Me from...: Sela Ward (Helen Kimble) was known for her role as second-oldest sister Teddy on Sisters at the time the movie was released.


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