The Chase

The Chase is a 1991 crime drama television film starring Casey Siemaszko and Ben Johnson. It was directed by Paul Wendkos. The film is based on the true story of American bank robber Phillip Hutchinson, who robbed a bank, killed a cop and took a man hostage in a 1988 rampage in Denver, Colorado. The film is ninety-three-minutes long and was released on February 10, 1991, to tie in with the three year anniversary of the event, which took place on February 9, 1988. It was later released on DVD on November 26, 2001.


In January, 1988, in Denver, Colorado, helicopter news pilot Mike Silva (Robert Beltran) flies over Denver to allow his cameraman Jim Stair (Paul Borrillo) to get aerial shots of the area. Working for his local news station, KCNC-TV, Silva has plans to become a Meteorologist pilot in the near future. Meanwhile, escaped Texas convict Phillip Hutchinson, under the alias of Mark Taylor (Casey Siemaszko) has resided in Denver where he works as a car mechanic. While working in Denver, Hutchinson carries out various different crimes including the armed robbery of a local store and the mugging of a courier delivering some money, whom he beats up with a crowbar. A witness spots Hutchinson fleeing in a red Chevrolet K5 Blazer and reports it to the police. Hutchinson then has his coworker Tom (Jimmie F. Skaggs) repaint the vehicle brown to avoid investigation. Through his coworker, Hutchinson meets a girl called Roxanne (Sheila Kelley) who he starts a relationship with.