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Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor, aviator and environmental activist. He initially gained worldwide fame for his starring role as Han Solo in the original trilogy (1977–1983) of the Star Wars film franchise and would eventually reprise the role for the first film of the sequel trilogy. Ford is also widely known for his portrayal of the title character in the Indiana Jones action-adventure film series and as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan in the spy thrillers Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), in addition to playing Rick Deckard in the neo-noir dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner (1982) and its sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Once described by film critic Roger Ebert as “the great modern movie everyman”,Ford’s career spans six decades and includes roles in many highly successful Hollywood films. Some of his most popular films include the Best Picture-nominated epic war drama Apocalypse Now (1979), the Best Picture-nominated romantic thriller Witness (1985), in which Ford was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, the legal drama Presumed Innocent (1990), the Best Picture-nominated action drama The Fugitive (1993), the political action thriller Air Force One (1997), the supernatural suspense thriller What Lies Beneath (2000), and the biographical sports drama 42 (2013). Seven of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry: American Graffiti (1973), The Conversation (1974), Star Wars (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Blade Runner (1982)

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I was trying to think of the first film l saw Harrison Ford in, and it really and truly wasn’t the obvious – because the one series of films l really can’t stand are the Star Wars – now l have seen most of them, but l left the cinema as uninterested as l was when l first went in. That genre has never really gripped me at all.

But the first film l saw him in properly on video was American Graffiti – 1973 in the 90’s,  and then the next film was Force 10 from Navarone 1978 [again video]. I liked him in Graffiti, l liked him in Force 10 but preferred him in Apocalypse Now and of course my all time favourites the Raider’s films. Anyway, here is my personal 15 faved films of his … are you a fan, if so, what are your favourites?

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1 – The Fugative- 1993

Dr Richard Kimble is falsely charged with killing his wife. When Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard pursues him after he escapes from prison, Richard realises that he cannot trust anybody.

2 – Witness – 1985

A young Amish boy, Samuel, is the sole witness to a murder in Philadelphia. Investigating officer John Book goes into hiding with the boy and his mother in Amish country after an attack on the boy.

3 – Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981

Indiana Jones sets out in search of a biblical artefact called the Ark of the Covenant, which is coveted by many people. In his quest, he must face opposition from the Nazis.

4 – The Mosquito Coast – 1986

An idealist uproots his family to a remote Caribbean island, away from the consumerism which he perceives to be choking America. He sets about creating a Utopia in the jungle by bringing ice to the natives and uses his genius for making gadgets to enhance their primitive lifestyle. However, he also alienates his long-suffering family, and his enterprise proves fatally flawed.

5 – Blade Runner – 1982

Rick Deckard, an ex-policeman, becomes a special agent with a mission to exterminate a group of violent androids. As he starts getting deeper into his mission, he questions his own identity.

6 – Air Force One – 1997

The president of the USA is returning home from Moscow when his plane, Air Force One, is hijacked and he finds himself in a do-or-die hostage situation.

7 – Patriot Games – 1992

When former CIA agent Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) hampers an IRA terrorist attack in London, he kills one of the terrorists. The dead man’s brother, another member of the group named Sean Miller (Sean Bean), is arrested but quickly escapes. Vowing revenge against Ryan, Miller travels to the United States, where he forces Ryan’s wife (Anne Archer) and daughter (Thora Birch) into a car accident that badly injures them. This convinces Ryan to rejoin the CIA in order to track down Miller.

8 – Clear and Present Danger – 1994

Jack Ryan uncovers an illegal operation against drug cartels within the CIA. Caught in a web of conspiracies, he must now risk his life and his career in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.

9 – Presumed Innocent – 1990

Rusty is shocked when he learns that he is being framed as the murderer, because his blood type matches with the semen found in a victim of an apparent rape-murder.

10 – What Lies Beneath – 2000

Claire moves with Norman to his old house, where she experiences disturbing supernatural activity. Soon, she discovers a shocking truth about her husband and Madison, his student who is dead.

11 – Apocalypse Now – 1979

Captain Willard is sent to Cambodia on a dangerous mission to assassinate a renegade colonel who has won the trust of a local tribe.

12 – Morning Glory – 2010

Becky, a TV producer, is given the tricky task of reviving a low-rating programme. She ropes in a famed anchor, Mike Pomeroy, for the show, but the clashes between them put her career in jeopardy.

13 – The Expendables 3 – 2014

Barney, Drummer, Trench and the rest of the crew reunite to fight against Stonebanks, the co-founder of The Expendables, who is now a ruthless illegal arms trader.

14 – K-19 – The Widowmaker – 2002

Soviet Union’s newly launched submarine K-19 suffers a major snag during its maiden voyage. It is now up to Captain Alexei Vostrikov and Officer Mikhail Polenin to avoid a nuclear disaster.

15 – 42 – 2013

Major League executive Branch Rickey drafts African American Jackie Robinson as a player. Jackie has never taken too kindly to racism, but now he is amidst even greater racist hostility.

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27 thoughts on “Theme Times – Harrison Ford

      1. 🙂 Rory, I wasn’t referring to the Star Wars movie, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” I was referring to his memorable character as, “Han Solo,” in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

        1. Hey Renard, l think we are talking about the same things … Ok, Harrison was Han Solo in the original Star Wars films – l really like Ford as an actor, but l didn’t like anything to do with Star Wars series 1977 SW, ESB 1980, RTJ 1983 l haven’t seen any of the others as in the new series of films l find the whole series unexciting and l fell asleep during them all, which annoyed the people l saw them with. I had to look up this … “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” as l didn’t know what it was.

          But Han Solo as in Ford in the original films was very good, for ardent fans 😊

  1. I saw the first Star Wars… and that’s all. So, I you can guess my opinion of it. Loved Ford in Raiders and Blade Runner (1 & 2). Loved the Fugitive! What Lies Beneath was also great. Solid actor. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  2. I am a fan of the Star Wars from 70s & 80s… the others, not so much. Indiana Jones movies are awesome. I haven’t seen all the others on your list, except oddly K-19. He was good but his Russian accent was dodgey😉

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