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Tatum O'Neal and Irene Cara end up in court together. When a shootout in the courtroom cause everyone to flee, Irene and Tatum inadvertently end up running from the bullets and the cops. Pretty fast paced action keeps this B-Movie humming along pretty good. Tatum and Irene believe it or not have good chemistry together. Tatum plays a hardened toughy pretty well and in my opinion makes this movie entertaining. A little far fetched (what Hollywood flick isn't?) but still enjoyable. See it uncut as a TV version will be heavily edited. Peter Fonda makes a cameo as a sleazebag. One thing I learned from this movie is that sewer gas is highly flammable? Who knew?
Oscar-winners Tatum O'Neal and Irene Cara in an exploitation B-flick? Well, yes and no. "Certain Fury" was obviously made to appeal to the midnight-movie crowds, but there is strength in some of O'Neal's scenes with Cara (playing two girls on the lam after a courtroom shootout leaves blood and bodies everywhere). I liked it when Tatum suddenly turns maternal towards Irene and nurses her back to health (after rescuing her from a drug den). With Cara slung over one shoulder burbling about her mom, Tatum quietly says "I know, I know." This is a good scene; in fact, the picture has several good moments, but every bit with Cara's father (played by Moses Gunn on the verge of tears) is a bummer and Peter Fonda's cameo appearance is awful (you can't tell if he's slumming without effort or if he's just a lousy actor). There's an elaborately staged fight scene between O'Neal and her boy-toy which is unintentionally funny, and the dialogue is so perpetually profane it becomes a running joke. But I enjoyed "Certain Fury" and think O'Neal's fans will love her tough girl performance. **1/2 from ****
It's like this:
Tatum as po' white trash. The Tuff Girrl. She smokes! She swears! She needs a new agent and quality time at a tanning salon!
Enter Irene "Fame" Cara. The Good Girrl. She's from Westchester! She wears GAP clothes! She once again shows us her negative-boobage in an unintentionally hysterical near-rape scene!
This turkey trots along like a how-to tutorial in camp & cliche, and the kitchen sink has been thrown in for good measure. We have a foot chase in the sewer-tunnels, a towering inferno in a crackwhore flophouse, the classic Peter Fonda boat scene, and a finale that had me spraying cherry Capri Sun from my nostrils. Hint: It's supposed to be sad but it's really a knee-slapper.
Not quite campy enough to be cult, "Certain Fury" can surely be found in a Blockbuster close-out bin... sandwiched somewhere between "Tuff Turf" and an Olsen Twin flick.
"Certain Fury" is grade-Z stuff in most departments (the low production values and the often very bad dialogue stand out), but Tatum O'Neal is engagingly tough and she makes the film worth watching all by herself. Irene Cara is awful, and the slashing scene is hilariously fake, but Tatum won me over, enough to give this film a ** rating.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
**SPOILERS** "Certain Fury" comes across like an updated version of the
1958 Tony Curtis/Sidney Poitier Classic "The Defiant Ones". The film
has a bi-racial couple of petty criminals as white hooker and junkie
Scarlet, Tatum O'Neal, and accused black car thief Tracy,Irene Cara,
team up with each other in order to survive the cold and unfriendly
streets of Vancouver Canada.
The two top stars, O'Neal & Cara, first meet at the city's criminal court where a shootout breaks out. The murder and mayhem from the courtroom spills out into the streets ending up with at least a score of police and civilians gunned down before all the shooting was over. Both Scarlet & Tracy who had nothing to do with the shooting take off into the city's sewer system where above ground there's a city-wide manhunt out to get them.
While hiding out in the sewers who's rat and sewage infested waters is cleaner then that of the pristine and sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea around Bimini and Barbados the two girls are confronted by scuba diving police officer Buck,Frank Serio. Officer Buck after cornering the two triumphantly lights up a cigarette in order to toast his fine police work. By striking a match Officer Buck then ignites the sewer gases/fumes which not only toast but blows himself up to kingdom come.
Now not only wanted for leaving the scene of a crime, the deadly courthouse shooting, Scarlet & Tracy are wanted for killing a cop, Officer Buck, and there's no chance at all for them to come clean and give themselves up to the police now. Even though innocent of Buck's death the police don't take kindly to cop killers, whom Scarlet & Tracy are now accused of being. The Vancouver Police, like everywhere else, have an unwritten policy of not taking cop killers in alive.
The film has the hard tough and illiterate Scarlet bond with the well educated and socially refined Tracy who learn that the only way to survive is to work with each other instead of being at each others throats. Hiding out at Scarlet's drug pushing boyfriend's Sniffer, Nicholas Campbell, pad turns out to be a disaster for Scarlet's now new found friend Tracy. While Scarlet is out looking to get help from Sniffer's boss Vancouver drug kingpin Rodney, Peter Fonda, the hot in the pants Sniffer, seeing her nude in the shower, attempted to rape Tracy. This has Sniffer get into a fierce fight where he ends up getting his brains beat out by an outraged Tracy who easily, being that the guy was stoned out on drugs, overpowered him.
Scarlet wasn't as lucky as Tracy was in her meeting with Rodney on his yacht. Rodney wanting to do with her not only slashed Scarlet's face with a switchblade but, the gall of her, berated Scarlet for spilling her blood all over his clean carpet after he cut her! It's later when the two girls hide out at Rodney's combination drug and whore house in the crime-ridden section of Vancouver that their confronted by Sniffer, now fully recovered from the beating he took from Tracy, and his gang of drug pushers.
In a do or die struggle with her now former boyfriend Scarlet puts the match to Sniffer, who earlier tried to shoot up a sleeping Tracy with an overdose of heroin, lighting him up like a Christmas Tree. Sniffers fiery ending also has the entire joint, drug-den & whorehouse, burn down together with the junkies pushers hookers and their johns who were doing business there.
It eventually took Tracy's hurt and distraught father Dr. Freeman ,Moses Gunn, who was still severely depressed over the recent and tragic death of his wife, and Tracy's mom, to convince the police that both his daughter Scarlet and her friend Tracy were innocent of the crimes attributed to them. It's with the help kindness and understanding of of police Lieutenant Sepier, George Murdock, who himself has two girls like Scarlet & Tracy back home that the shoot to kill order on the two fugitives was rescinded. But, and this is a big "But", the problem now is how will that message get to Scarlet and Tracy before they them self, just by running from the law, end up doing themselves in!
Badly acted, written, and directed, Certain Fury provides a fair amount of unintentional laughs. Tatum is the 'bad' girl, Irene the 'good' girl gone bad. One of the funniest scenes had Tatum spitting in Peter Fonda's face. He responds by slashing her face (in unconvincing close-up) with his nail file. When she falls to the ground screaming, he blurts out to his hench-men, "Get this bleeding bitch off my boat!" If you like 'good bad films' then this one is for you. If you prefer quality...well then you've been warned.
I Love the movie certain fury. I have been searching for this movie for
years and years.I love both actresses, Irene Cara and Tatum Oneal,
These are both talented women I would have liked for them to make a
part2 of this movie. They both did a great job. I would like to see
these women make another movie together soon. Both actresses have there
own unique style therefore you can not judge them.
Come on Stephen and Micheal what do you say, They say twice is always nice. Or have another another action and drama with them together with Kristy Mcnikol. I think with these three women will be a blast. with actors Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawk.
Thank you for taking the time out to read my comments.
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