The Fury (1978)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  10 March 1978 (USA)
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A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities.


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Carol Eve Rossen ...
Dr. Ellen Lindstrom (as Carol Rossen)
Joyce Easton ...
Jane Lambert ...
Sam Laws ...
Mrs. Callahan


A secret US agency behind the unscrupulous Childres gathers children with parapsychologic abilities and trains them to become killers in war situations. To rescue his son, who was officially declared dead after an arranged accident, the ex-CIA agent Peter investigates against Childres. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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An experience in terror and suspense.




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Release Date:

10 March 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La furia  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


A big star like Kirk Douglas was cast as the lead in this film because director 'Brian de Palma' had felt that his previous picture Carrie (1976) had suffered at the box-office without a name draw-card. See more »


Andrew Stevens is using his "powers" on a Tilt-O-Whirl ride. In a close up view, of the top of the ride, all of the neon bulbs burst. When they show a full view of the ride, the bulbs are shining brightly. See more »


[first lines]
Robin Sandza: [laughing]
Peter Sandza: I won.
Robin Sandza: What do you mean, you won? You did not!
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Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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A terrific exercise in the supernatural, delivered with guts and gore from Brian De Palma!
8 November 2003 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

Before "Scanners" there was this wonderful little gore fest from Brian De Palma, who all-ready had done such great Hitchcock-like thrillers as "Sisters" and "Obsession" and of course "Carrie", which in many ways is related to this one, another tale of telekinesis with deadly results. It is also worth noting that David Cronenberg's above-mentioned "Scanners" seem to owe a great deal to this movie.

"The Fury" balances brilliantly between weird and unexpected comedy (like the whole scene where Douglas carjacks two off-duty cops, one played by Dennis Franz!) and imaginative horror that will turn off anyone who hates blood. Great acting from everyone; worth noting the star-making performances of Amy Irving and Andrew Stevens, Douglas who has a field-day, Cassavetes who looks great as the sinister bad-guy and Carrie Snodgress who will touch your heart with her performance as the caring nurse Hester.

The last scene is quite a kick, truly one of the most memorable finales ever shown on screen, and it could very well leave you cheering well into the end credits!

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