Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Fugitive
Our next PFM nominee comes from Bill D., and it's a great one: The Fugitive.
Harrison Ford's spluttered "Ppprrovasic" is one of my favorite things in film. What's Bill D. got to say?
My favorite Poppy-Fields Movie has long been, and continues to be, The Fugitive. I've seen at least parts of it probably 100 times, but I still leave it on whenever I encounter it on cable (which is frequently). It's the perfect background movie, but I'll also still sit and watch it through to the end.
- lengthy? A comfortable 2 hours and 10 minutes.
- familiar/frequent? I think it's been on cable every weekend for at least the last year. Ion seems to run the hell out of it.
- classic/award-winner? Tommy Lee Jones's well-deserved Best Supporting Actor win, but I also forgot that this [was nominated for] Best Picture (as well as Best Sound and Best Cinematography).
- "Greetings, Professor Falken" (big payoff/long-shot victory a la WarGames)? "I didn't kill my wife." "I know it Richard. I know it."
- "Wanna have a catch?" (Pavlovian tear-jerk; anything with dads opens the ducts for this guy)? Not really any tear-jerking per se, but I always love when Gerard asks how the boy's doing, and Julianne Moore says, "Saved his life."
- quote-fest? "I didn't kill my wife!" / "I don't care!"; "Where's he going in an ambulance?"; "every henhouse, outhouse and doghouse" etc.
- caper-ish or -adjacent camaraderie? It's very satisfying to watch Kimble be such an excellent detective, with the fake ID, and tracking down the killer through his prosthesis, and the liver samples.
- "forget you, melon farmer" (you own it, but will still watch bowdlerized TV verzh) Not a lot of cursing on this one, but I own the DVD and the Blu-ray and I've probably watched each once, versus the 8,000 times on TV (with commercials).
Thanks, Bill. I'm a hundred behind you on this; I love everything about this movie. The Chicaaaaago accent on the landlady's son, the "hinky" conversation, "I'll call the press" / "no press!" / "no press," Krabbe as the villain — it's solid entertainment. Great pacing, great performances, and a Hey, It's That Guy!-fest of epic proportions.
Bill: You've won a shirt from the TN store; thanks so much for submitting.
Update, 8/25/14: I think this one's a yes.
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame is here. To nominate your own PFM, email bunting at tomatonation dot com with a rundown of the criteria and your argument for why it deserves a cushion. If I use your entry, free loot shall be thine.
Tags: Harrison Ford Jeroen Krabbe Julianne Moore poppy-fields movies The Fugitive Tommy Lee Jones