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Three Fugitives (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 27 January 1989 (USA)
A reformed bank robber is taken hostage by a desperate man during a bank hold up, but is forced to go on the run with his captor when they're both mistakenly thought to be in cahoots.

Director:

Francis Veber

Writer:

Francis Veber

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Lucas
Martin Short ... Ned Perry
Sarah Rowland Doroff Sarah Rowland Doroff ... Meg Perry
James Earl Jones ... Dugan
Alan Ruck ... Tener
Kenneth McMillan ... Horvath
David Arnott ... Bank Teller
Bruce McGill ... Charlie
Lee Garlington ... Woman Cop
Sy Richardson ... Tucker
Rocky Giordani Rocky Giordani ... Bowles
Rick Hall ... Dog Handler
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Guard at Prison
Stanley Brock ... Release Sergeant
John Procaccino ... Highway Patrolman
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Storyline

On his first day after being released from jail for 14 armed bank robberies, Lucas finds himself caught up in someone else's robbery. Perry has decided to hold up the local bank to raise money so that he can keep his daughter, Meg, and get her the treatment she needs. Dugan, a detective, assumes Lucas helped plan the robbery, and hence Lucas, Perry and Meg become three fugitives. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

They rob banks. She steals hearts.

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Bankentrio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,434,717, 29 January 1989

Gross USA:

$40,586,886

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,586,886
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Martin Short's character was previously played by Pierre Richard, who also appeared in La Chevre (1981). Short once again played his role in the American remake, Pure Luck (1991). See more »

Goofs

When running from the police into the park, Lucas has his hat on right before dodging behind the bush. As he flattens to the ground his hat is gone, but in the next shot his hat is on again. See more »

Quotes

Ned Perry: Do little girls like caviar?
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 11 secs to remove two uses of 'fuck' in order for the film to receive a PG certificate. All later releases were uncut and the certificate raised to 15. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Francis Veber artisan du rire: La saga Pignon (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Visiting the Zoo
Written by John Easdale
Performed by Dramarama
Courtesy of Questionmark Records
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Exquisite comedy which deserves to be seen more often
30 September 2009 | by Balthazar-5See all my reviews

While being a great enthusiast of French cinema, I hadn't heard of Francis Veber when I saw this magnificent comedy in 1989. Unfortunately his wonderful films were never released in the UK, until 'Le Dîner des Cons'. So I came to it fresh... and WOW. Here we have Nick Nolte in a perfect role as the tough former bank robber and Martin Short as the perfect nerdish but determined sidekick. The opening bank robbery sequence, that sets up the film is magnificent and hilarious. The sub-plot involving the little girl is sweet and moving - almost worthy of Chaplin. The loopy vet is amazing and one of his scenes had me crawling on the floor with laughter. I could start analysing the structure or the mise en scène, but such sophistry is irrelevant - just see it and laugh out loud like you will rarely have done so before. (Amazingly I haven't seen the original with Depardieu and Pierre Richard... why don't they release a subtitled version?????)


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