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The Fugitive [DVD]

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  • Although some of his earlier films such as THE GRAPES OF WRATH had stirred controversy, John Ford had never before dealt with potentially incendiary religious issues as he does in this adaptation of Graham Greene's allegorical masterpiece THE POWER AND THE GLORY. The virulent anticlericalism of a Latin American country's ruling regime has driven from the country all the region's priests but one (Henry Fonda), who has taken refuge in an abandoned village church. When he's discovered by a woman (Dolores Del Rio) seeking to have her child baptized, he agrees to christen all of the village infants. A police lieutenant (Pedro Armendariz) arrives in the area, intent on killing the priest and planning to smoke him out by threatening to execute a few symbolic hostages in every village until he is turned in. Although the fugitive quickly comes forward to surrender, the lieutenant fails to recognize and arrest him. The frightened priest scrambles to leave the country but finds himself being pursued by a beggar who has found a wanted poster bearing his picture. Fonda is well suited to the role of the tormented priest in a film that has marked similarities to the director's THE INFORMER. Gabriel Figueroa, the minence grise of Mexican cinematographers, masterfully captures the visual bounty of the Mexican landscape. Ford, who considered this underrated work one of his best, sculpts the starkly beautiful imagery and the understated performance of his star into a heartfelt expressionistic portrait graced with a shadowy fringe of the sacred.
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    Henry Fonda, Heny, Jaynes Fonda, Dolores Del, Rio, Pedro Armendariz, J., Carrol Naish, Carrol Naish, Leo Carrillo, Ward Bond, Robert Armstrong, John Qualen
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