|Directed by:||Francis Veber|
|Written by:||Francis Veber|
|Cast:||Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Sarah Rowland Doroff, James Earl Jones|
Three Fugitives stars Nick Nolte as Lucas, a reformed bank robber who gets caught on the wrong side of the law when he becomes Martin Short’s hostage as Short’s character Ned Perry attempts to rob a bank. You see that’s already funny because Nick Nolte’s so tall and Martin Short’s so short. A lot of the jokes at the beginning of this are just based on that and I would be happy with that if you just want to make a dumb comedy that can mine some some solid material from that. A more silly and broader comedy was on the horizon from my memories of watching this on cable since this was like a lot of the stuff I grew up on. If not for cable, I wouldn’t have the soft spot for these silly 80’s comedies that I have now. Even hearing David McHugh’s awesome jazzy/synthesizer (or jazynthesizer?) score was enough of a successful memberberry to make this a masterpiece as the opening credits rolled. But then the rest of the movie happened and while it’s not a total slog to sit through, it hasn’t exactly aged the best...[more]...