Thursday, February 23, 2012

Leap of Faith #2

We're in a Leap Year and Leap Day is just a few days away, and I'm celebrating here on My Kingdom for a Novel by remembering some great movie leaps. Anything for a blog post, right?

One of the all-time great leaps comes courtesy of Doctor Richard Kimble, the Chicago doc convicted of murdering his wife after his story about a "one-armed man" failed to convince anyone. En route to prison, he escapes (in the original The Fugitive TV show, it's described as "redeemed by fate"), and is hunted down by U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard. They have a memorable encounter at a dam.

Kimble is cornered. Gerard has him right where he wants him, but the doctor has a flash of inspiration. He knows he'll go to prison and his wife's true murderer will go free if he lets Gerard take him into custody.

And so he jumps.

Dummy? What dummy?