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The Fugitive (1947)

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MPAA Rating
NR

Running Time
1 hour, 44 minutes

Country Mexico, USA

Studio Argosy Pictures, RKO Pictures

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Other Titles
• The Fugitive
• Befehl des Gewissens (1950)
• El Fugitivo (1948)
• Der Verfolgte (1949)



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Genre: Drama, Betrayal, Religion, Police

Plot: Although some of his earlier films such as THE GRAPES OF WRATH had stirred controversy, John Ford had never before dealt with potentially incendiary religious issues as he does in this adaptation of Graham Greene's allegorical masterpiece THE POWER AND THE GLORY. The virulent anticlericalism of a Latin American country's ruling regime has driven from the country all the region's priests but one (Henry Fonda), who has taken refuge in an abandoned village church. When he's discovered by a woman (Dolores Del Rio) seeking to have her child baptized, he agrees to christen all of the village infants. A police lieutenant (Pedro Armendariz) arrives in the area, intent on killing the priest and planning to smoke him out by threatening to execute a few symbolic hostages in every village until he is turned in. Although the fugitive quickly comes forward to surrender, the lieutenant fails to recognize and arrest him. The frightened priest scrambles to leave the country but finds himself being pursued by a beggar who has found a wanted poster bearing his picture. Fonda is well suited to the role of the tormented priest in a film that has marked similarities to the director's THE INFORMER. Gabriel Figueroa, the éminence grise of Mexican cinematographers, masterfully captures the visual bounty

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 Directed by
John Ford
The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man
 Written by
Graham Greene
The Third Man, The Quiet American, The End of the Affair
Dudley Nichols
Bringing Up Baby, Stagecoach, And Then There Were None
 Cast
Henry Fonda
12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Longest Day
Dolores del Rio
Cheyenne Autumn, Flying Down to Rio, Flaming Star
J. Carrol Naish
Rio Grande, Captain Blood, Sahara
Leo Carrillo
Phantom of the Opera, Manhattan Melodrama, Too Hot to Handle
Ward Bond
It's a Wonderful Life, The Maltese Falcon, The Searchers
Robert Armstrong
King Kong, The Most Dangerous Game, Mighty Joe Young
John Qualen
Casablanca, The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath
[more]
 Music By
Richard Hageman
Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Fort Apache



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