DirectorFrancis Veber Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateJanuary 27, 1989 (1989-01-27) CastNick Nolte (Lucas), Martin Short (Ned Perry), Sarah Rowland Doroff (Meg Perry), James Earl Jones (Dugan), Alan Ruck (Dectective Tener), Bruce McGill (Charlie) Similar moviesBlackhat, Mad Max: Fury Road, Salt, Taken 3, Fair Game, Self/less
TaglineThey rob banks. She steals hearts.
Three fugitives 1989 trailer
Three Fugitives is a 1989 crime-comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber, starring Nick Nolte and Martin Short, and featuring Sarah Rowland Doroff, James Earl Jones and Alan Ruck in supporting roles. It is a remake of Les Fugitifs, a 1986 French comedy starring Gérard Depardieu and Pierre Richard also directed by Veber.
The movie was popular at the box office, grossing more than $40 million against a budget of $15 million, despite receiving a general negative reception from critics.
Three fugitives a touching scene
Lucas (Nolte) has been in prison for armed robbery. On the day he is released, he gets taken hostage by Ned Perry (Short), an incompetent, novice criminal who robs a bank (to get money for treatment for his ill daughter, Meg) at the moment Lucas just happens to be there.
Detective Duggan (Jones) assumes they must be in it together and sets about tracking them down. Several chases, an accidental shooting, treatment from a crazy vet who thinks he's a dog and other capers follow, all the while Lucas trying to ditch his idiotic companion and prove his own innocence.
Whilst avoiding the law, the two form an unlikely partnership to help cure the silent Meg and make good their escape. They rescue Meg from the care home she's in (with Perry nearly ruining the whole affair with his clumsiness) and flee for Canada, pretending to be a married couple with a son.
All appears to end well. However, in the closing scene, Perry enters a Canadian bank to change some currency only to find himself taken hostage by a different bank robber in the same manner he originally kidnapped Lucas. Because of this unexpected development, Lucas does not need to say goodbye to Meg, with whom he has formed a bond.
Nick Nolte: Daniel James Lucas
Martin Short: Ned Perry
James Earl Jones: Detective Movan Duggan
Alan Ruck: Inspector Tenner
Sarah Doroff: Meghan "Meg" Perry
Kenneth McMillan: Horvath
David Arnott: Bank Teller
Lee Garlington: Constable Jane Karie
Bruce McGill: Charlie
Sy Richardson: Tucker
Rocky Giordani: Bowles
Stanley Brock: Release Sergent
Rick Hall: Dog Handler Billy
Brian Thompson: Second Thug
Jack McGee: Fisherman
Kathy Kinney: Receptionist
Larry Miller: Street Cop
Jeff Perry: Orderly #2
Scott Lincoln: Passenger Cop
Dinah Lenney: Reporter #1
John Aylward: Second Cop
Tim De Zarn: First Cop
Rhoda Gemignani: Radio Announcer
Charles Noland: Bartender Dave
Albert Henderson: Man In Raincoat
Gary Armagnac: Cop #2
Dean Smith: Barry "Playboy" Jones
Paul Tuerpe: Reporter #2
Mike MacDonald: Sergeant Snow
Michael Siegel: Cop #4
Phil Hartman: Joelien
Anderson Cooper and Lea Thompson have cameos in the film, although Cooper's role was before fame, and Thompson's was after Back to the Future, and Howard the Duck.
The film received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 14% based on 14 reviews as of May 2016.