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The Fugitive (1993)

In The Fugitive, Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) escapes from U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) during Chicago's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, allowing him to continue his quest to find his wife’s killer.

Today’s screenshot illustrates how The Fugitive’s director, Andrew Davis, filmed this scene “documentary-style, grabbing what [he] could from the actual parade.” Pictured are parade participants from the Chicago Stockyards Kilty Band, reportedly Chicago's oldest bagpipe band, founded in 1921.

More specifically, Davis captured most of the parade chase with hand-held and Steadicam cameras. Then, he edited the shots together to depict Kimble’s slipping away unnoticed.

But one of the final shots in this scene—of Kimble escaping into the crowd as Gerard searches—occurs in the same frame. “That moment was without a cut," recalls Davis. "It was fantastic."

You can watch the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade scene in full below and read more about it in this 2023 interview.



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