Eight of Francis Veber’s movies have been remade as American films. Le Grand Blond Avec une Chaussure Noire was The Man with One Red Shoe. L’emmerdeur was Buddy Buddy. La Cage aux Folles was, of course, The Birdcage. Le Jouet was The Toy. Les Comperes was Fathers’ Day. La Chevre was remade as Pure Luck. Le Diner de Cons was Dinner for Schmucks. And finally, this film is a remake of his own Les Fugitifs.
On the day Daniel James Lucas (Nick Nolte) is released from prison, he’s taken hostage by Ned Perry (Martin Short), who has no idea how to be a criminal but must raise money to save the life of Meg, his daughter.
Alan Ruck from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and James Earl Jones play the cops who are on their trail. While they’re chasing down Lucas, Ned and Meg, its ironic that Jones was mute unto he made it to high school.
Short was in two movies based on Veber’s films, as he’s also in Pure Luck. Both times, he took over parts originally played by Pierre Richard.