Friday, August 13, 2010
Friday 56 - The Fugitive
This is a cool weekly meme from Story Time With Tonya.
1. Grab the book nearest you right now.
2. Turn to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like).
5. Post a link with your post to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
And remember - no spoilers. We want to share books and suggest books - not spoil books!
I'm just grabbing paperbacks from my shelf now since I'm pretty organized and not having books littering every surface space.
"The old man averted his eyes, unable to meet Gerard's uncomprising stare. He pored over the photographs again, then timidly pointed at the one labeled "Dr. Richard Kimble." "He mighta got out."
-The Fugitive Novel by J.M. Dillard based on the screenplay by Jeb Stuart and David Twohy from a story by David Twohy based on characters created by Roy Huggins
This scene is where Gerard finds out Kimble may have escaped the deadly train wreck...No, wait, bus-wreck. Well, in the movie a train hit a bus so...whatever!
I haven't read this book in years. Years and years and even though I've got tons of others to read for the first time, I almost want to just bump this up to right now. I LOVED the original series the movie was based on and then this book was based on the movie. I think this is one of those rare times when they got it right and actually captured the tone and purpose of the original story, in the remake. And the series itself was based on a true story...
Just a few lines down the same page (P. 56) is this line, made famous by Tommy Lee Jones:
"I want a hard-target search of any residence, gas station, farmhouse, henhouse, doghouse, and outhouse in that area."
I just couldn't resist - I mean it's on the same page!
So, who else thinks Harrison Ford did an amazing job as Richard Kimble? I believe he captured every nuance, and stayed true to the character Roy Huggins created and David Janssen portrayed. The tortured, tragic, dog-tired, persistant hero that simply never gave up.
Stephen King said, "The Fugitive was at the time (and still is, when you see the reruns) absolutely the best series done on American television. There was nothing better than The Fugitive--it just turned everything on its head."
Oh, and did anyone else read the biography written by David Janssen's ex-wife that indicated his wife killed him?
I love the title.