Monday, March 16, 2015

The Fugitive Map:
Sloop Home to One Memorable Scene; One Not So Much

One of our favorite movies of all time is The Fugitive!  Not sure if it's considered a classic by most, but for Chicagoans it seems like many view it favorably due to the fact that it was shot in our glorious city (and it was an entertaining story - right?!?!?!).

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to draft off of a fun thing the peeps at Curbed Chicago recently did.  They outlined all the Chicago spots that the film utilized.

In regard to the Sloop, the final and (arguably) most climatic sequence of the movie was actually shot in the South Loop at the Hilton Towers at 720 S. Michigan:
Kimble was on his way to confront Nichols. You see there was no forced entry when his wife was killed. That was because Nichols had his keys and let Sykes into the house. Gerard and his team have figured this out. All of the main players still able to walk converge on the site of the pharmaceutical convention, where Nichols is delivering the keynote, which Kimble interrupts. The two fight inside the building and then make their way to the roof. After falling down an elevator shaft, the fight ends when Kimble takes out Nichols in the hotel’s laundry room. In an emotionally charged scene, Kimble tells Gerard, “They killed my wife” and Gerard replies “I know it.” Gerard escorts Kimble from the hotel and puts him in a car. Once in the car, Gerard removes the handcuffs and they drive away. If you have never watched the movie to the end of the credits, please do, for there is a little treat there.

It appears that there was also a scene at the former Meigs Field (now a nature preserve on Northerly Island).  The article states:
Having left the local authorities to find Kimble’s body – alive or dead – Gerard and his team board a plane to head back to Chicago, though the airport terminal seen is Meigs Field, which no longer exists. The runway was demolished March 30, 2003.

Anyway, if you're a fan of the movie we highly suggest reading the post.

We promise Dr. Richard Kimble would approve of you reading this!

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