Release Year: 1998
Director: Stuart Baird
Writers: John Pogue (screenplay), Roy Huggins (characters)
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey, Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Daniel Roebuck, Tom Wood, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Irène Jacob, Kate Nelligan
U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) and his team are assigned to track down a man accused of a double murder, but soon discovers that the story is more complicated than they first thought.
The English editor Stuart Baird’s U.S. Marshall is a run-of-the-mill 90’s man on the run action flick, with the added benefit of Tommy Lee Jones (The Homesman, 2014). Here Jones reprises the character Samuel Gerard, whom he also played in the more succesful The Fugitive (1993). He gives the hard-nosed marshal his usual dry wit, no nonsense attitude, and deep-seated integrity. The banter he shares with his group adds decent comic relief. The film offers some good set pieces, including a cool plane crash and a cemetery gun fight. Good decent action, a good twist, but nothing particularly memorable or spectacular. Watch it for Tommy Lee Jones or for a young Robert Downey, Jr.
In the original script, Tommy Lee Jones’s character first appears dressed as a priest. The director and the costume designer did not find this interesting enough, so they came up with the chicken outfit.
Picture Copyright: Sandrew Metronome