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The Fury (Widescreen)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Brian De Palma's complicated horror story from 1978 never did come together correctly, but it still has pockets of real inspiration as only the director (Carrie, Mission: Impossible) could conceive. Andrew Stevens and Amy Irving play teens with telekinetic powers that intelligence agencies want to harness, and Kirk Douglas stands between his kids and their nefarious exploiters. The film bogs down during Douglas's guilt-ridden, booze-fueled quest to find his son, but De Palma's elaborate, sometimes operatic violence and action sequences are genuinely mesmerizing. The final scene involving just desserts for the film's villain is a big surprise. --Tom Keogh

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In Brian DePalma's terrifying horror/thriller, an elaborate game of mind control begins when a government agent's (Kirk Douglas) son (Andrew Stevens) is kidnapped for his psychokinetic powers. Desperate to find him, the father hires a girl (Amy Irving) with similar psychic abilities. She soon reveals that his son is a prisoner at a secret U.S. agency where he's being used for dangerous mind experiments- and programmed for elimination.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, bloody, and intense June 24 2004
By swsp
This sci-fi horror espionage thriller has a weak script and clumsy plot but some beautiful horror set pieces. As with Brian De Palma's previous film, CARRIE, the focus here is a sweet young girl (Amy Irving) with awesome telekinetic powers. She's searching for her "psychic twin" captured by a secret government agency for use as a military weapon; Kirk Douglas plays the boy's superspy father who's also looking for him. As with CARRIE, you fall in love with the girl just as the most awful things start happening to her--and, this being De Palma, those awful things involve lots and lots of blood. The movie builds its tension slowly, leisurely, and then, wham, you're hit with some of the most intense horror sequences ever put on film. De Palma's a very smart director who's not all that interested in script or plot--he's just interested in orchestrating the terror sequences for maximum effect. If you give in to the film's sometimes quirky rhythms and oddball attempts at humor, it's quite a ride.
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When I was a young child in 1978-79 watching this on HBO I thought this movie was cool because people blew up in it and a fairground ride went spinning out of control.
25 years later, I watch it again and hardly anything is cool about it. The dialogue is laughable, Kirk Douglas is ridiculous as a geriatric James Bond who leaps out 4 story bedroom windows in his underpants, comandeers a shiny new Cadillac just to drive it off the end of a pier, and seranades his girlfriend with an obscene phone call.
John Cassavetes looks like he's trying to parody some Dr. Strangelove-type villian by walking around in a sling with a black glove on his useless hand, glaring at everyone and spouting the worst sort of "bad guy" cliches.
What else? Well, when Carrie Snodgrass goes flying through the windshield of a car, the windshield shatters like some plate glass saloon window from a low-budget Western. And there's plenty of blood in this movie, but not a drop of it looks real.
Andrew Stevens goes from lovable son to patricidal maniac without so much as a shred of explanation. Amy Irving escapes from a supposedly fortress-like prison by simply shoving a bunch of packages at someone and running out the backdoor. Oh, yeah, you know when Andrew Stevens is really, REALLY mad when the veins on his forehead pop out. Sometimes his eyes even glow blue. There's more, but what's the use recounting it?
I'll give it two stars because it's not the worst movie ever. But at times it really comes close. Isn't DePalma supposed to be a genius or something?
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2.0 out of 5 stars If for no other reason, see this for the ending! March 21 2009
This movie has so much potential, yet it's a mess of a movie. Everytime Kirk Douglas is on the screen, some inane, silly thing occurs. Really, though there are some stand-out suspenseful moments scattered throughout, the only real reason to watch this is for the ending. Pure brilliance! Seriously, check this out just for the ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DE PALMA AT HIS BEST Jan. 7 2004
Long maligned as an Alfred Hitchcock rip-off, Brian de Palma can rest on his laurels, having given us such visually stunning examples of horrific ballet. In "The Fury" there are so many scenes of intense but beautiful violence that you wonder where the imagery originated. While DePalma has often said he was influenced by the masterful Hithcock, he doesn't rip him off; he accentuates the master with his visually stunning style.
The slomo and quiet scene in which Carrie Snodgress meets an untimely fate is mesmerizing, even knowing what the ultimate outcome is; likewise the scenes where Amy Irving "sees" events that have or will happen. DePalma's camera swerves and sizzles. The lovely Fiona Lewis' demise is horrifically fascinating in its cruelty. (No, I'm not sadistic). The cast: isn't it fun to see scruffy Dennis Franz in one of his first roles as the gum-chewing, love my car cop? And Kirk Douglas, no longer a youngster, still looked amazingly fit and masculine in a role he would never get to play in today's youthful standards. Amy Irving is gorgeous and quite a good young actress; Andrew Stevens is handsome and effectively icy; Charles Durning and Carol Rossen appropriately vile; John Cassavettes is a devilish villain; and the almost forgotten Carrie Snodgress is a delight. Writer John Farris wrote the book which he adapted for the screen, and did a fine job. Too bad he waited so long for sequels---they probably won't get filmed, but they should. THE FURY is one of DePalma's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Mess With Amy Irving!! July 6 2003
"The Fury" is another Brian DePalma flick dealing with telekinetic abilties. This time it's Amy Irving (from Carrie) as the girl with the amazing mental powers. She's awesome! Her struggle to understand and deal with her state is portrayed brilliantly. Meanwhile, Kirk Douglas is a government agent, betrayed by his own partner (John Cassavetes) who tries to assassinate Douglas. He escapes death and goes underground. His son (who also has telekinetic abilities) is taken by the government to be used as a weapon. Douglas goes on a hunt for his son (Andrew Stevens), stopping at nothing to get him back from Cassavetes and the dark agency he represents. Eventually, Kirk Douglas' character meets up with Amy Irving; and gets her to help him. Lots of great DePalma touches throughout! Of course, everyone knows about the fantastic "explosion" finale. "The Fury" would be a cool part of a triple feature with "Carrie" and "Scanners"! Watch for Dennis Franz in a funny role as a cop. John Williams does the music, so how can you lose? ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Supernatural made to order.
This is a very well done movie for the time that it was filmed. We didn't have the superlative special effects of ILM to enhance this movie so we have to depend on the acting... Read more
Published on May 30 2003 by D. Jeter
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect movie for a drunken binge
You already know the plot, so I'll get right to the meat of it. "The Fury" is one of the coolest De Palma movies there is. Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by Andrew Hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fury- another De Palma triumph!
The Fury is a great film that takes some elments from other films such as Carrie, and spins a totally different tale of violence and psychic powers. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002 by Ryan Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars 'CARRIE' AS DRESS-REHEARSAL ?
A secretive dark government snakes its way through both the
narrative as well as the character portrayals ... Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2001 by "varminttvc15"
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood doesn't make 'em like this anymore!!
Dismissed at the time of its initial release as a mishmash of themes and genres, time has been kind to "The Fury" (1978), Brian De Palma's visually spectacular adaptation... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2001 by Libretio
2.0 out of 5 stars Make sure your fast forward is working before viewing
This review concentrates both on the quality of the DVD and that of the film itself. For the most part, the picture is clear and evenly lit. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fury Kirk Douglas
I totally enjoyed the film. As a parent of three gifted children it was very believeable for me and I rooted for Douglas all the way. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2001 by Patricia L. Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars When DePalma Even Knew How To Make "Great Bad Movies"
Brian DePalma hasn't made a fully satisfying film since "Dressed To Kill" in 1980. During the same year, I saw an edited version of DePalma's "The Fury" on... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2001 by Steven Kuroiwa
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