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U.S. Marshals

Poster for U.S. Marshals
Directed by Stuart Baird
Produced by Anne Kopelson
Arnold Kopelson
Written by Roy Huggins
John Pogue
Starring Tommy Lee Jones
Wesley Snipes
Robert Downey Jr.
Joe Pantoliano
Tom Wood
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) March 6, 1998
Running time 131 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $102,367,405
Preceded by The Fugitive

U.S. Marshals is a 1998 action thriller film, and a spiritual sequel to The Fugitive. The storyline of U.S. Marshals does not feature the character Dr. Richard Kimble, and the part of main protagonist has been passed onto Samuel Gerard and his team of U.S. Marshals who pursued Kimble in the first film.



The film opens with closed-circuit television footage of an exchange between two men taking place in a parking garage, which appears to be foiled by agents of the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS).

Mark Warren (Wesley Snipes) is arrested after a traffic accident, enabling police to discover he is a federal fugitive by the name of Mark Roberts. While being transported to New York by plane, Roberts shares the flight with Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) who is traveling under the orders of his boss to get out of town following a publicized incident of alleged brutality during an arrest unrelated to Roberts' case. A Chinese prisoner attempts to assassinate Roberts by shooting him with a zip gun concealed in a toilet paper holder but the attempt fails; however it results in a plane crash due to the gunshot traveling through a window and depressurizing the cabin of the plane.

After all the other prisoners are accounted for, Gerard discovers Roberts is missing and has become a fugitive again. According to DSS officials, Roberts is actually Mark Sheridan who was an operative in a mission that went bad (the footage in the opening sequence). Sheridan was framed for murdering fellow DSS agents, resulting in his criminal record. Federal officials are attempting to find a mole in the agency suspected of selling secrets to the Chinese government. DSS Special Agent John Royce (Robert Downey Jr.) joins Gerard and his team in the search.

The Marshals almost catch Sheridan in a swamp, but a standoff with Gerard and Royce results in Sheridan shooting Gerard in a bullet-proof vest and then getting away. Sheridan makes it to New York City, secures money, weapons and false ID, and begins conducting surveillance on Chinese attache/spy Xian Chen (Michael Paul Chan). In Chicago, Gerard and the Marshals pursue several leads, including Roberts' girlfriend (Irène Jacob), and the airplane mechanic who hid the zip gun, the latter of whom the marshals would find killed by Chen.

Gerard and team view surveillance footage that suggests that Sheridan acted in self defense, and that he could not have been identified by fingerprints at the scene as he was wearing gloves. Police reports and interviews with DSS officials, as well as electronic and foot surveillance of the girlfriend lead the team to New York on the heels of Sheridan.

Eventually, the team catches up with Sheridan in a cemetery (where Sheridan had planned to confront one of the conspirators). Following a shootout with Chen, Sheridan flees to a residential home where Deputy Marshal Noah Newman (Tom Wood) is shot by Royce (who claims that Newman was actually ambushed and shot by Sheridan). Sheridan escapes by jumping onto the top of a passing train. Newman dies in transit to the hospital.

After finding empty seasickness pill containers in a getaway car, Gerard locates and captures Sheridan on a ship bound for Canada, with assistance from Royce, who shoots Sheridan.

Due to his behavior and change of firearm (displayed in an earlier scene), Gerard begins to suspect that Royce may be associated with the mole within the U.S. State Department and Royce is left to guard Sheridan's hospital room. He gives Sheridan a knife and attempts to kill him, to claim an attempted escape and self-defense.

Gerard returns and Royce tries to shoot him to further frame Sheridan, not knowing that his gun has been switched and is empty. He pulls an alternate firearm but is fatally shot by Gerard. After leaving the hospital, Sheridan's charges are dropped and he is released.



Based on 29 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 24% of critics gave U.S. Marshals a positive review, with an average rating of 4.9/10.[1]

The film grossed $57,167,405 domestically and $45,200,000 in foreign markets, totaling $102,367,405 worldwide.[2]


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