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The Fugitive

  • Drama
  • History
  • 1947
  • John Ford
  • 99 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama, based on Graham Greene's novel The Power and the Glory, starring Henry Fonda and Dolores Del Rio. When the government of a small Latin American country institutes anti-clerical decrees, one priest defies the authorities and continues his work among the peasants. Relentlessly pursued by the police, he is helped to safety across the border only to turn back to administer the last rites to a dying criminal.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This mesmerising adaptation of The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene's novel about a "whisky priest" - by director John Ford is seriously compromised by the censorship of the time. But, despite the fact that the central relationship is no longer a sexual one and Henry Fonda's priest is not an alcoholic, it remains resolutely convincing. Pedro Armendáriz is particularly fine as the moustachioed police lieutenant, and Dolores Del Rio smoulders as the woman, but the real star of this brooding opus is the magnificent outdoor photography from Gabriel Figueroa. At the time, Ford's non-westerns were regarded more highly than his westerns. This drama is a quasi-western, and all the better for being directed by such a master.

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Credits

Cast

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Fugitive / PriestHenry Fonda
Native woman / Maria DoloresDolores Del Rio
Police lieutenantPedro Armendáriz
Police informerJ Carrol Naish
Chief of policeLeo Carrillo
El Gringo / James CalvertWard Bond
Police sergeantRobert Armstrong
Refugee doctorJohn Qualen
Governor's cousinFortunio Bonanova
Organ-grinderChris-Pin Martin
HostageMiguel Inclan
SingerFernando Fernandez

Crew

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DirectorJohn Ford

Details

Languages
English | Latin | Italian | Spanish
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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