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The Fury -- After a government agent kidnaps his psychic son, the father enlists the help of a telekinetic teenager to track his son down.


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John Farris (screenplay)
John Farris (novel)
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Release Date:
10 March 1978 (USA) See more »
An experience in terror and suspense.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Violent , exciting and bloody film , including sensationalistic scenes , but pretty well directed by Brian De Palma See more (107 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Peter Sandza

John Cassavetes ... Ben Childress

Carrie Snodgress ... Hester

Charles Durning ... Dr. Jim McKeever

Amy Irving ... Gillian Bellaver
Fiona Lewis ... Dr. Susan Charles

Andrew Stevens ... Robin Sandza
Carol Eve Rossen ... Dr. Ellen Lindstrom (as Carol Rossen)

Rutanya Alda ... Kristen
Joyce Easton ... Katharine Bellaver

William Finley ... Raymond Dunwoodie
Jane Lambert ... Vivian Nuckells
Sam Laws ... Blackfish

J. Patrick McNamara ... Robertson

Alice Nunn ... Mrs. Callahan

Melody Thomas Scott ... LaRue (as Melody Thomas)
Hilary Thompson ... Cheryl

Pat Billingsley ... Lander
J.P. Bumstead ... Greene
Barry Cullison ... Chase #1 Driver
Jack Callahan ... DeMasi

Dennis Franz ... Bob Eggleston
Anthony Hawkins ... Chase #1 Shotgun
Michael O'Dwyer ... Marty O'Brien
Felix Shuman ... Dr. Ives
Albert Stevens ... Arab Prince
Anne Peterson ... Deborah (as Anne Brunk)
Eva Cadet ... Woman - Van Buren
John Roche ... Drunk - Van Buren

Gordon Jump ... Mr. Nuckells
Eleanor Merriam ... Mother Nuckells
Harold Johnson ... Garbage Man
Wayne Dahmer ... Nelson
Joe Finnegan ... Man
Kathleen Francour ... Betsy

Daryl Hannah ... Pam

Laura Innes ... Jody
Clair Nelson ... Dr. Becker
Peter O'Connell ... Dr. Conn
Al Wyatt Sr. ... Security Agent Driver (as Al Wyatt)
Douglas J. Stevenson ... Houseboy
Mickey Gilbert ... Agent
Hanns Manship ... Agent
Marland Proctor ... Agent
Marshall Colt ... Technician
Roberta Feldner ... Technician
Stephen Johnson ... Technician
Robin Marmor ... Technician
Michael Copeland ... Tough Youth
Alfred Tinsley ... Tough Youth
Tom Blair ... Top Guy #1
Gunnar Lewis ... Top Guy #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Belushi ... Beach Bum (uncredited)

Sam Irvin ... Amusement Park Patron (uncredited)

Jordan Williams ... Beach Bum (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma  (as Brian DePalma)
Writing credits
John Farris (screenplay)

John Farris (novel)

Produced by
Jack B. Bernstein .... associate producer
Ron Preissman .... executive producer
Frank Yablans .... producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Bill Malley 
Art Direction by
Richard Lawrence 
Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel  (as Audrey Blasdel-Goddard)
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge  (as Theoni V. Aldridge)
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects
Emma M. diVittorio .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup supervisor
Rob Bottin .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Greg Cannom .... special makeup assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack B. Bernstein .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim C. Friese .... second assistant director
Donald Heitzer .... assistant director (as Donald E. Heitzer)
Art Department
Bill Bates .... property master
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as Hendryk Wynands)
Sound Department
Harold M. Etherington .... production sound mixer (as Hal Etherington)
Dan Sable .... sound editor: Trans/Audio
Dick Vorisek .... rerecording supervisor: Trans/Audio
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
Donald Myers .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process coordinator
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator
Ed Carlin .... gaffer
Howard Mase Hector .... key grip
Itzik Ben-Aroya .... key grip (uncredited)
Curtis Foster .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... costumer: men
Margo Baxley .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Maria Iano .... assistant editor
Pat Shade .... assistant editor
Music Department
George Korngold .... music editor
Robert H. Raff .... music editor (as Robert Raff)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Other crew
John Fox .... assistant to director
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Sam Irvin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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118 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) (1985) (uncut) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1978) (cut) | Australia:R | Australia:MA (cable rating) | Brazil:16 | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #25131) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

First major cinema movie role of actor Andrew Stevens. Stevens commuted to the set each day from concurrently working on the TV series "The Oregon Trail" (1976).See more »
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Violent , exciting and bloody film , including sensationalistic scenes , but pretty well directed by Brian De Palma, 23 February 2014
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Suspense, thrills and grisly killings by imitative director Brian De Palma . This scary triller is plenty of mystery , intrigue , suspenseful and creepy scenes . It is a potentially brilliant and ingenious chiller that concerns about a government agent , Peter Sandza , (Kirk Douglas , he was aged around sixty-one years of age , Kirk was cast as the lead because director had felt that his previous picture had suffered at the box-office without a name draw-card) determined to come to his son's (first major cinema movie role of actor Andrew Stevens) rescue , when a sinister official (John Cassavetes) kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities . As he is forced to take on a super-powerful government agency called MORG (it stands for the Multiphasic Operations Research Group) which has kidnapped his son with psychokinetic skills . The intrepid father is helped by a good friend called Hester (Carrie Snodgress) . And then things really get worse . Meanwhile , a young girl (Amy Irving who married Spielberg , she attended a biofeedback clinic to learn about different levels of consciousness, as she had a better sense to play) who personally experiencing psychic changes is taken in a strange Institute of supernatural forces . Peter uses desperate attempts to save hid gifted son from being used or destryed . At the end takes place the ultimate revenge story .

This stylish chiller contains long-drawn-out tension , flash violent scenes and shock effects with the accent on gas-provoking , but on most occasion without finesse . Adding special characteristics techniques as ominous camera movements and wide screen . This flick was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by John Farris was first published in 1976 ; Farris also wrote the screenplay for the film . It is is a contemporary thrilling tale that utilizes the average man against the unknown approach that made Hitchcock 's suspense films so effective . All this said , the mechanics of suspense are worked quite well and may frighten the easily scared quite badly , but De Palma has made a habit of dwelling on their more sordid shoots . Director 'Brian de Palma''s second movie featuring Telekinesis, his first had been Carrie (1976) , as actress Amy Irving appears in both films . In fact , this picture has often been described as a cross between The Omen (1976) and a peculiar follow-up to Carrie (1976) . Very good cast plenty of familiar faces such as John Cassavetes , Charles Durning , Rutanya Alda , Fiona Lewis , Carrie Snodgres and William Finley who played for De Palma , Phantom of paradise . Being the first film for both Daryl Hannah, Laura Innes and look fast James Belushi as an extra , as you can see him in a pair of dark trunks a few steps behind Irving . The film displays a great and haunting musical score by John Williams , previous his fruitful collaboration to Steven Spielberg ; he composed in the style of a Bernard Herrmann score from an Alfred Hitchcock movie . Furthermore , appropriate and colorful cinematography by excellent cameraman Richard H Kline .

The picture was brilliantly directed by Brian De Palma , adding special characteristics techniques and special camera movements . The movie was realized during his period when Brian made outwardly odes to Hitchcock , such as ¨Obsession¨ , ¨Sisters¨, ¨Dresssed to Kill¨ and ¨Blow out¨ . Rating : Above average , as it gets some riveting basic ideas and fascinating images. Essential and indispensable watching for Brian De Palma buffs and Kirk Douglas fans .

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