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.
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|Directed by||Francis Veber|
|Produced by||Lauren Shuler Donner|
|Written by||Francis Veber|
|Music by||David McHugh|
|Edited by||Bruce Green|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
Lucas has been in prison for armed robbery. On the day he is released, he gets taken hostage by Ned Perry, 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 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.
Perry later 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 as Daniel James Lucas
- Martin Short as Ned Perry
- James Earl Jones as Detective Movan Duggan
- Alan Ruck as Inspector Tenner
- Sarah Doroff as Meghan "Meg" Perry
- Kenneth McMillan as Horvath
- David Arnott as Bank Teller
- Lee Garlington as Constable Jane Karie
- Bruce McGill as Charlie
- Sy Richardson as Tucker
- Rocky Giordani as Bowles
- Stanley Brock as Release Sergent
- Rick Hall as Dog Handler Billy
- Brian Thompson as Second Thug
- Jack McGee as Fisherman
- Kathy Kinney as Receptionist
- Larry Miller as Street Cop
- Jeff Perry as Orderly #2
- Dinah Lenney as Reporter #1
- John Aylward as Second Cop
- Tim De Zarn as First Cop
- Rhoda Gemignani as Radio Announcer
- Charles Noland as Bartender Dave
- Albert Henderson as Man In Raincoat
- Gary Armagnac as Cop #2
- Dean Smith as Barry "Playboy" Jones
- Mike MacDonald as Sergeant Snow
- Michael Siegel as Cop #4