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U.S. Marshals

Tommy Lee Jones , Wesley Snipes , Stuart Baird    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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An ultimately futile attempt to make lightning strike twice, this so-called spinoff from 1993's blockbuster The Fugitive avoids the label of "sequel" by forging ahead without the first film's star, Harrison Ford. The idea is to showcase the return of Tommy Lee Jones in his Oscar-winning role as tenacious U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard, this time testing his mettle against a covert government operative (Wesley Snipes) accused of murdering two secret service attachés. Unfortunately, Jones and the entire cast have been trapped in a rambling plot, and the underdog status that made Ford such a compelling hero is sacrificed to an evenly matched and eventually tiresome game of cat and mouse, with a villain whose identity is far too predictable. With no dramatic buildup and several superfluous characters to distract its focus, the film's momentum plays out like a rote exercise compared to the high stakes of the earlier film. --Jeff Shannon

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3.0 out of 5 stars good sequel to a great movie Jan. 6 2004
Format:VHS Tape
though it doesnt have the title The Fugitive 2...it takes another look at a wanted man who is framed for a murder he didnt committ...good and solid performances by Tommy Lee Jones(The Fugitive, The Hunted), Robert Downey, Jr.(Gothika, In Dreams) and the awesome Wesley Snipes(Blade 1 and II, ZigZag)...this came out in the same year his smash Blade did....and I always say..hey, thats the movie Snipes did before he did Blade...cool..anyway. the plane crash is good, chase scenes are good and the finale is down right Downey deadly..though lacking in some parts it picks it up with energy..for the fans of the stars or for whoever like The Fugitive with Harrison Ford. also starring Irene Jacobi(1995's Othello remake), Tom Wood(The Fugitive and Under Siege), Joe Pantoliano(The MAtrix, The Fugitive, Memento), Daniel Roebuck(Money Talks, Final Destination), Kate Nelligan(The Cider House Rules, Wolf), LaTanya Richardson(Lone Star,The Super), Michael Paul Chan(Spy Game, Batman Forever), Patrick Malahide(The Long Kiss Goodnight, The World Is Not Enough) and Rick Snyder(The Generals Daughter, The NEt)
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1.0 out of 5 stars what? no box for zero stars Sept. 13 2002
Format:DVD
Tired and tiresome.
Lemme get this straight. They remake the Fugitive with the Star Wars guy and everybody knows the one armed man did it. Everyone except Al Gore's very old undergrad roommate. No, this dude will go to the ends of the earth to get his man, taxpayer's rights and flower beds be darned.

So, the audience likes this creep so much, we get a sequel in which he, in an Arky accent, does a hard target search on every backrow, hedgerow, cornrow and Scott Turow to get his man, cost in dollars, lives and dignity be damned. Oh, yeah, one more thing, IT IS, AGAIN, THE WRONG FLOCKING GUY!!! We know that because he is a brother and this fossil apparently only shines when he is centeredly in the wrong. Does no one else find this a tad creepy?

Don't watch this, try something edifying like women's pro basketball. My public access channels run JUCO women's volleyball. Whoo Hoo!!! Good for hours at a time.

This has been a LawDog "I have not and never will see this movie" review. Not reviewed for typos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Check It Out July 24 2002
Format:DVD
Although I don't consider U.S. Marshals™ to be as good an outing as The Fugitive™ flick, it made a valiant and for the most part effective effort to match up to its predecessor. If you're lookin' for thrills, action, intrigue, Tommy Lee Jones chewin' the scenery with the same zeal and sense of fun as he did in the first movie and yadda yadda yadda and all those other bits o' hype & cliches you've already heard ad nauseam-- well, you might wanna watch The Fugitive™ first. And then if you like what'cha see there, you just might find this flick likable as well. And if you're thinkin' of buyin' this, just remember that for every copy of this that sells, co-star Robert Downey Jr. gets that much closer to payin' off his rehab tab! How's THAT for a humanitarian gesture, hmm?
Normally, I'd start out this paragraph with a brief synopsis of the flick. But for this review, I've decided to go the lazy route: if you want an overview of U.S. Marshals™' great and/or not-so-great moments, take a gander at the other customer reviews posted here. As for picture and sound quality, I found the former among of the sharpest and cleanest of the WB™'s DVD library, and the latter above-average.

The extra features included on this platter are somewhat sparse compared to most 'Special Edition' DVDs. As expected, the original theatrical trailer is included, as are a few TV spots. Then there's the text mini-bios of the principal cast and crew, as well as a text overview on the production and shooting of U.S. Marshals™. Also thrown in is a ten-minute-long mini-doc on the history of the U.S. Marshal Service.
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2.0 out of 5 stars U. S. Marshals: Any Fugitive Will Do June 24 2002
Format:VHS Tape
It is an axiom that whenever Hollywood has done something right to create a hit movie, aside from a few notable exceptions, it is also an axiom that a sequel will be made that is noticeably inferior to the original. Director Anthony Davis used the acting talents of Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford to create a new and visually entertaining, if not comparable, filmed version of THE FUGITIVE, based on the hit television series of the 1960s. This FUGITIVE was watchable, mostly because the audience could empathize if not sympathize with the doctor on the run. The follow up to THE FUGITIVE is the still visually entertaining but hollow U. S. MARSHALS.
U. S. MARSHALS is not, strictly speaking a sequel, no more so than Mickey Rooney was in the Andy Hardy series of the 1940s. What director Stuart Baird has done was to take one of the two protagonists from THE FUGITIVE and set him off on a new chase with a new fugitive. Now there is nothing inherently wrong with a cop-chasing-a-fugitive theme. That has been done many times, sometimes quite well. The problem here is that the movie was touted as a sequel to THE FUGITIVE. U. S. MARSHALS could easily have had a few modifications to eliminate any connection to THE FUGITIVE, and if it had, then it would have been forced to stand on its own feet. But because it is set in the world of Deputy Marshal Sam Gerard, comparisons are inevitable and unflattering. In any escape movie, the seeker must have a credible motivation for chasing the fugitive. Barry Morse, who played Lt. Philip Gerard in the television series, had tons of that as he saw it as his own personal failure that Richard Kimble escaped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good chase movie
I am a fan of Tommy Lee Jones and this is one of his better films. Good story that keeps you guessing to the end
Published 19 months ago by Carlog
4.0 out of 5 stars sequel ( of sorts)to the fugitive but also works very well as a stand...
this movie is a sequel of sorts to the fugitive,but works just as well
as a stand alone film.this time around the U. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2007 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls a bit short...
Supposed to be a sequal to the amazing movie 'The Fugitive'...it falls a bit short in comparison.
Tommy Lee Jones is still as sassy as ever in U.S. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Tim Chapin
4.0 out of 5 stars So Much Like the Fugitive
They could have named this one the Fugitive II and gotten away with it. There was a slight lack of originality, but the spectacular cast pulls it off. Overall the movie was good. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2003 by S. K. Leggate
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action/adventure movie
Yes, we all know about the spin off from The Fugitive but this film stands on it's own as a great movie. Tommie Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes are great adversaries. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars U.S. Marshals
An ultimately futile attempt to make lightning strike twice, this so-called spinoff from 1993's blockbuster The Fugitive avoids the label of "sequel" by forging ahead... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2002 by K. Kainula
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I have both the Fugitive and U.S. Marshal's on video, and yes there are similarities (spectacular crash, from which convict escapes, then is chased after by a U.S. Read more
Published on May 28 2002 by "arcticsniper"
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the Fugitive, but definitely recommended.
This is a great action-packed movie. The plot and suspense weren't nearly as great as the outstanding Fugitive starring Harrison Ford, but the action and gunfights certainly make... Read more
Published on April 22 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Show Stopper
I'll tell you right from the start, GET THIS MOVIE. This is one for the records if you like movies that are full of action and that grips you. Read more
Published on April 10 2002 by "hart2hart5a"
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