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8/10
Not As Good As I Remember, But Still..........
underfire3517 May 2004
BLIND FURY is one of those guilty pleasure films. The late Chicago film critic Gene Siskel cited it as such during a broadcast of the show he co-hosted with Roger Ebert several years ago. It is not a great film, but has real moments of warmth and humor that are hard to ignore. It's difficult to explain, but what could have been just another vapid action film, is fleshed out by good performances, a self effacing sense of humor, and solid direction.

During the opening credits, we meet Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer). Having been blinded during a firefight in Viet Nam, he is taken in by a local hamlet and nursed back to health. The villagers also teach Nick the art of the sword, we get several scenes of his progress in which he becomes a master. Jump ahead twenty years, as Nick wanders down a country road, walking stick in hand. He is on his way to visit an old friend from the war. After a silly scene involving switched hot sauce, Nick arrives to find that his friend, Frank Devereaux (Terry O'Quinn) does not live there anymore, having left for Reno. Well, Nick meets Frank's wife and son Billy (Brandon Call). Enter Slag (the Randall 'Tex' Cobb), who has come to kidnap Frank's son, to force Frank into making designer drugs, so that an evil Reno casino owner can pay off his debts. Anyway, after a especially violent debacle, Nick is sworn to protect Billy, and off they go to Reno to rescue Frank.

Admittedly, BLIND FURY is plot heavy, and a lesser film would have sunk under the weight. But the film never gets overly involved with the story, never really takes it to seriously. This is director Phillip Noyce's follow up to DEAD CALM, a tense thriller that put him on the map (he would go on to helm PATRIOT GAMES, SLIVER, THE SAINT). It is a campy ode to samurai pictures and westerns, war movies and ninja chop-em-ups. Noyce sets the right tone and keeps the action moving. Observe the scene, near the end of the film: there is a tense moment when Billy throws a sword to Nick. The sword sails in the air, in slow motion, the music builds and the sword slips right through Nick's hands. It is a wonderfully funny moment.

Another important aspect is the character of Nick Parker. As played by Rutger Hauer, Nick is a simple man, not a super hero. He reacts through instinct to the situations he finds himself in, and uses mostly evasive techniques (similar to Jackie Chan), to defend himself. Hauer does a good job blending the realities of blindness with the Hollywood clichés, which makes scenes in which he drives down one-way streets, and the like, very entertaining. The film makers also keep the violence in a backlit, comic book style, never becoming overtly graphic (the antithesis of something like KILL BILL, where the characters dance through geysers of arterial spray). BLIND FURY is an enigma, it is not wacky enough to be considered cult, it does not deal with important subject matter, yet it is still somehow affecting. It will be cast into the discount bins at your local mall, left to languish in obscurity. But for those who will give it a chance, you may be surprised by this standard action fare raised to a higher level by a talented cast and crew. 8/10.
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8/10
Funny and exciting popcorn action movie
withnail-49 July 2001
This movie gets a thumbs up from me, not because it is a GREAT FILM, but because, when you put it next to similar movies--Chuck Norris or steven Segal movies-- it is superior.

the action sequences are tightly directed and exciting. the humor works. but most important, Rutger Hauer is the main character. When is everybody going to figure out that this guy is a great actor? He is always natural, can be funny, pathetic, intense, anything. He's truly on the level of,say, Gene Hackman, he just can't seem to get into many A-level projects.

Blind Fury is a funny-exciting-goofy type of action film, kind of like a Jackie Chan film, and Hauer's presence raises the whole thing an extra level.
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7/10
Absurd With Zero Credibility......But Fun!
ccthemovieman-128 April 2006
Talk about "suspending belief!" Boy, if this is a prime case of that, I don't know what is, but, it's still pretty enjoyable to watch. You just have enjoy what happening and put your brain on the back-burner.

Rutger Hauer plays a blind man who winds up killing about 10-20 bad guys in fights, despite the fact (1) they can see; (2) they also have guns!

Yes, it's absurd, but it's all in fun especially with Hauer cracking jokes and showing compassion in all his violence. The villains, meanwhile, are so stereotyped you almost want to laugh out loud.

This whole movie is really like a cartoon, without the animation.
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Typical martial arts action film is distinguished by an unconventional hero and a great sense of humor.
ChoiBaby28 March 1999
The setting is Vietnam, the year is 1969. Amid the explosive violence and the frenzied chaos, America begins to withdraw its troops from the Vietnam conflict. Two soldiers and long time buddies, Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer) and Frank Devereaux (Terry O'Quinn, star of THE STEPFATHER) are ready to go home.

However, the mission of utmost importance to take down the enemy has been bestowed upon the two volunteers. As the heroes begin to take their toll, Parker succumbs to the fiasco in Vietnam. He fights with all his might...but the devastation is simply too much for any one man to handle.

Without warning, Parker is blindsided by the enemy...and left for dead. Waking up several hours later, Parker realizes that he can no longer see; he is permanently blind. Suddenly, he has nowhere to go. He cannot see the lurid horrors of his fallen comrades. Parker is lucky to be alive... Now, hell-bent on getting out of this nightmare and returning home, Parker must find a way to survive in the jungles before the Vietcong arrive.

Without his ability to see, Parker must rely on his remaining senses to guide him out of dangerous perils.

BLIND FURY is a surprisingly serviceable action film. This flick is a fast-paced and fun adventure with raging fury. BLIND FURY contains impressively choreographed fighting sequences and a great, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. There's plenty of violence in this film to appease action fans, however, and the stunts and action sequences are certainly directed with flair. The comical tones also remind the audience that this film, though full of bellicose characteristics, is good natured and harmless.

As for the villains, Randall 'Tex' Cobb (UNCOMMON VALOR) is a nice addition as a wonderfully sinister, antagonistic philistine. Sho Kosugi also performs a dazzling, show-stealing act. He happens to be a professional assassin with a vendetta against Parker.

BLIND FURY is a commendable adventure with an unconventional hero. Exquisite sword-fighting, dynamite action, a likeable lead, and an amusing albeit subtle sense of humor all add up to an enjoyable experience. It is definitely better than your typical action fanfare with plenty of chances to root for the good guys! Cutting edge entertainment with good natured fun. Overall, a smoothly crafted film.

RATING: **1/2 out of ****.
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Wow!
Jonathan Horner6 April 2001
I love this movie. It's another example of brilliant, under-rated acting by the one and only Rutger Hauer. In a way I feel sorry for Hauer, Like Christopher Lambert, he is a top quality actor but very under-rated.

Anyway, Rutger Hauer stars as a Vietnam War veteran. During battle, he was blinded by a mortar attack. He was then captured by a tribe in Vietnam and trained to master the sword. 20 years later, Hauer is back in the USA and sets out to find his fellow soldier friend, Frank.

The sword which Hauer uses in this movie is so cool. I love the sword fights in this movie.

8/10
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"Fury"-ous fun....
Mister-614 September 1999
First, Hauer played Roy Batty in "Blade Runner", now he plays someone blind as a "bat". Get it?

Okay, sorry. The movie, right....

"Blind Fury" has gone and done it; it's the only movie I have ever seen about a blind swordsman with an Anglo hero that didn't need dubbed in America. It's in a class by itself.

And so is Hauer; he really puts his all in this part and he does it effectively. He wields a mean sword and actually is convincing as a blind man. Top that, Steven Seagal!

And there are action scenes in this film that will make your jaw drop. Really. Mine did, more than once. You won't believe the goings-on herein.

Not only does Hauer do well, but so does O'Quinn, Willingham, Blount, Foster, Overton (a great dimwit baddie if ever there was one) and even Cobb makes good. Who would have thought? Kosugi's part is small but he makes the most of it.

Like I said, the action is the key here and if you like a lot of action, this one will leave you "Blind"-sided.

Though for the sake of PC, maybe they should rename this "Visually-Impaired Fury"?

Just wondering.

Eight stars.
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10/10
One great movie!
Movie Nuttball7 August 2003
This is one heck of a fighting movie!Rutger Hauer is really good in the film and I feel that he could have made a ton more fighting films just like this!Randall 'Tex' Cobb was awesome as the bad guy!There are a ton of villains in this movie and in My opinion this is one of the best movies were a fighting hero beats up and/or kills every bad guy in the movie!Terry O'Quinn,Noble Willingham,Meg Foster,Rick Overton,Charles Cooper,Shô Kosugi,Jay Pennison,and Tiger Chung Lee were good!In My opinion this is a classic fighting and thrilling action flick that should satisfy even Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme die hard fans!Very highly recommended!
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10/10
That butter knife ain't gonna stop no bullet!
johnymutton28 June 2004
Wow, I love this movie!

I have to watch it every time it comes on.

Rutger Hauer kicks some major butt as a blind vietnam vet who comes back to society after spending some time with natives who teach him how to fight.

Noble Willingham is a good evil character, who happens to be in one of my favorite films "Corn Dog Man."

Ok, the acting isn't the greatest from the supporting cast, but who cares?

10/10
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8/10
Great Film!, With Some Great Sword Fights, A Very Cool Story, And An Amazing Performance From Rutger Hauer!
callanvass11 October 2005
This is a great film, with some great sword fights, a very cool story and an amazing performance from Rutger Hauer!. All the characters are awesome, and the fight between Hauer and Shô Kosugi at the end was just awesome!, plus Rutger Hauer is simply amazing in this!. However Brandon Call is extremely annoying as the kid, and Noble Willingham was a bit too over the top for my liking as the villain, but it was still very entertaining and a lot of fun!, plus the ending was great!. The finale was excellent, and it had some great chase scenes as well!, plus i thought Rutger Hauer's acting was fantastic!. at 86 minutes it's a bit too short, however i was very happy with the film, as it's very well made and exciting!, plus the character development is great!. There are quite a few shocking and disturbing moments, and Rutger has a great sense of humor as well!, plus the film is unpredictable for the most part!.This is a great film, with some great sword fights a very cool story and an amazing performance from Rutger Hauer, i highly recommend this one!. The Direction is great!. Phillip Noyce does a great job here,with great camera work, awesome angles, and keeping the film at a very fast pace!. There is a bit of blood and violence. We get, a few very bloody gunshot wounds,impaling's, cut off hand, lots of slicing and dicing, and bloody cuts ans wounds. The Acting is awesome!. Rutger Hauer is amazing as always, and is amazing here, he is extremely likable, witty, was very convincing as a blind man, is a great sword fighter!, is very charismatic, and was really into his role i loved him! (Hauer Rules!). Brandon Call is extremely annoying as the kid, and irritated the crap out of me, there was not 1 likable thing about him, i felt sorry for him for a bit at the end, but for the most part i hated him. Terry O'Quinn does what he has to do which was not much, he did OK i guess. Noble Willingham was too over the top for my liking as the villain, and wasn't very menacing, adequate at best. Lisa Blount did fine with what she had to do, which like Quinn, was not much.Randall 'Tex' Cobb was also too over the top as the other main villain. Nick Cassavetes(Lyle Pike),Rick Overton(Tector Pike), Meg Foster(Lynn Devereaux),and Shô Kosugi(The Assassin), all do what they have to do well. Rest of the cast are fine. Overall i highly recommend this one!. ***1/2 out of 5
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8/10
Good fun movie.
Aaron137514 March 2003
I always like a good Rutger Hauer movie. I wish he got more roles though in mainstream films. This one is a rather fun flick to watch though. It is about a man blinded in Vietnam, he was found by villagers of a remote village and trained to use a sword. Flash forward, as the blind man is looking for an old buddy and goes to the buddies ex wife's house. While there these people looking to capture the buddy's son kill her. Hauer takes the boy and goes across country to find the father. While on his journey the killers are pursuing them as they are looking for the kid so they can get the dad to make some designer drugs for them. Not only does this one have action, but there is a lot of comedy too. As long as you don't take this one to seriously, this one is fun to watch. I especially like the two idiot brothers who work for the bad guys.
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6/10
Entertaining and fun action movie filled with violent fights , frantic action impressive duels
ma-cortes22 January 2015
This moving picture is packed with frenetic action , thrills, suspense, and tension . Our peculiar as well as shambling hero is called Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer) , he is a Vietvet , he suffered horrible experiences who left damaged him , batty and blind . As at the beginning shows how he was rescued from the battlefield where was wounded by a bomb and become blind . As stricken Nick is rescued by a gentle Vietnamese tribe and is taught by a mentor about some swift sword skills . There he also learns self-restraint , patience , tolerance , goodness , and compassion . A bit later on , he returns USA , he is a new man with a new mission : save and protect unfortunate people . He is a swordsman who helps and saves hapless and protects a kid (Brandon Call) , his cute menaced mummy (Meg Foster) and his husband (Terry O'Quinn) , Nick's long-last army colleague , from the Mob . Nick is a Ronin-alike , a particular samurai without master . He will have to face a villain (Noble Willingham) and his nasty band (Randall Tex Cobb , Nick Cassavetes , Rick Overton).

In this lively as well as appealing movie there are thrills , Katana sword fights , ass-kicking , emotion , violence and lots of nifty action . The picture develops the classic facing off between good guys versus bad guys . As there's plenty of pleasure fighting and swording , but also includes failed moments . It thunders along amusingly , if rather unbelievably with rapid scenes and spectacular fight images , if not downright supernatural starring's skills . This exciting as well as stirring film results to be an enjoyable attempt to Americanize Japanese ¨Zaito-ichi movies ; however it doesn't altogether work and contains some flaws and gaps . In fact , being based on the Zatoichi film/TV series from Japan , and subsequently adapted by Takeshi Kitano in a popular ¨Ziaitochi¨film . Nice acting by shrew Rutger Hauer as smiling , likable , sword-wielding Vietnam vet , as he carves up nasties and finally duels with a martial art expert played by Sho Kosugi . Sympathetic support cast formed by a bunch of humorous nasties such as Randall Tex Cobb , Rick Overton , Nick Cassavetes , Noble Willingham , among others . Atmospheric musical score composed by means of synthesizer by J Peter Robinson . Colorful and adequate cinematography by Don Burgess

This brash motion picture was compellingly directed by Phillip Noyce , he skillfully orchestrates a cool film plenty of action , fights and hilarious moments . The picture works pretty well and is paced along admirably but also packs some failures and flawed scenes . Phillip Noyce is a known craftsman who has directed successful action movies such as Patriot games, Clear and present danger , The Saint , The bone collector and Salt . Rating : Acceptable , passable and amusing . Worthwhile watching . After principal photography was completed, a sequel to this film was planned, but never materialized .
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8/10
He also does circumcision.
Scott LeBrun26 November 2012
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"Blind Fury" is a solidly entertaining film certain to please action fans, as it attempted to do an American version of a Japanese Zatoichi film.

Rutger Hauer is fantastic as Nick Parker, an average Joe nice guy blinded during his tour in Vietnam. He comes to Miami to look up his old comrade Frank Deveraux (Terry O'Quinn), only to have to deal with a variety of goons. It seems that Frank, a compulsive gambler, has gotten himself into a lot of trouble, and is now being forced by corrupt casino boss MacCready (Noble Willingham) to create designer drugs. So, in order to ensure Franks' cooperation, MacCready has dispatched a ton of goons to snatch Franks' young son Billy (Brandon Call) and then try to dispatch the blind swordsman in their way. Fortunately, Nick proves up to the challenge.

He's not superhuman, but his instincts are good and his skills undeniable. He's also a pretty engaging guy who never takes himself too seriously; the viewer can hardly fail to notice that this film has a real sense of humour about itself.

The action scenes are top notch. One is interestingly staged in a cornfield and the finale is great fun as it sees Nick do battle with an assassin played by martial arts legend Sho Kosugi, whose appearance is brief but welcome.

The excellent cast also includes Meg Foster as Franks' ex-wife (she'd played enough blind roles herself during her career that it's a nice gag to have her play a sighted person here), Lisa Blount as Franks' new lady friend, the always amusing Randall "Tex" Cobb as a towering heavy whose gruesome demise is a hilarious highlight, and Nick Cassavetes and comedian Rick Overton as the comedy relief henchmen Lyle and Tector.

Director Phillip Noyces' direction is efficient, and the pacing is superb, with the running time coming in at a very reasonable 87 minutes. One problem, though, is that the confrontation with the bad guys is just too rushed, and we never actually see what happens to one of them.

Still, this is an agreeable diversion that does satisfy, keeping up a steady body count, and coming up with some entertaining violent gags, but never getting particularly bloody. Hauers' presence kicks it up another point.

Eight out of 10.
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10/10
An enjoyable action flick
Rautus21 May 2007
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I bought Blind Fury in a Double VHS with the 1989 The Punisher and I love both films, I enjoyed the action scenes with the samurai sword and I liked the mix of humour thrown in with the character Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer), Rutger does a fine job acting blind and a great performance.

Nick Parker was blinded in Vietnam and trained by the villagers how to use his sense of hearing and use a samurai sword. He returns home to meet his friend only to find that he's in Reno and when some criminals attack the house he and and his friend Frank's son Bill go to find Frank while encountering several people out to kill him for saving Frank's son.

Blind Fury is a remake of a Japanese film/ TV series and is a great action flick with some humorous scenes.
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6/10
Good-natured action outing with Hauer on top form
Leofwine_draca29 November 2015
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This quirky tale of thugs, slugs and martial arts is worth a look for those tired of mainstream, run-of-the-mill fare. Here, the central conceit is that all-action hero Rutger Hauer is blind. You'd think he would therefore be helpless too, but far from it...in fact, he's deadly with his sword and can easily take on a gang of bad guys single-handedly, unaided. The secret to Hauer's success is that he was trained in the jungles of Vietnam to cut a melon into quarters with his sword, in training scenes worthy of an early Van Damme vehicle! Another interesting thing this movie has to offer is a previously-undiscovered penchant on Hauer's part for physical comedy. I've long suspected that Hauer is underrated as an actor and here he proves the fact, by firstly being a totally convincing blind man, and secondly by being frequently funny when the script calls for it. On top of this, he's charismatic, an all-round nice guy and adept at playing either good guys (as here) or bad (THE HITCHER) depending on the film, effortlessly moving from side to side and creating either monstrous baddies or lovable heroes.

Although the plot of this movie is predictable in the extreme, the blindness of Hauer's character makes for several unexpected comic moments, such as the scene around halfway where he drives a van at speed through a busy city - absolutely great stuff, topped off by fine comic interplay when an endangered fellow driver shouts to Hauer "are you blind?!" before realising that yes, indeed he is. The action, when it comes, is also clichéd but good, from the opening non-lethal bar-room fight between Hauer and a gang of thugs (just how many times have we seen that, anyway?) to a moment where he outwits a gang of bad guys in a cornfield. Come to think of it, the odd locations are what makes the action most memorable.

The best scenes are saved for the finale, in particular a great moment when a load of bad guys gang up on Hauer on a disco floor, only for the lights to go out and him to get the upper hand and massacre them all in violent, bloodthirsty ways. There's also a superb one-on-one battle between Hauer and Japanese martial arts star Sho Kosugi, excellently staged.

The supporting cast give mediocre performances, despite there being quite a few familiar faces on view (including Nick Cassavetes, Terry O'Quinn as Haure's Vietnam buddy, Noble Willingham and Randall "Tex" Cobb). Most of the villains are clichéd and uninspired, while some of the rednecks have some really dumb scenes which drag the film down a notch or two. Surprisingly, the bonding between Hauer and the young boy should be vomit-inducing but isn't, perhaps due again to Hauer's wry portrayal of the blind but very definitely not disabled. Fantasy fans will also probably notice Meg Foster (she of the incredible glowing eyes) appearing briefly as a mother. BLIND FURY is predictable stuff saved by some good action and the charisma of Rutger Hauer. Definitely recommended for action fans looking for something a little different.
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"That thing's got more holes than my daddy's rubber!"
utgard1425 November 2015
Fun but stupid action movie with Rutger Hauer as a blind Vietnam vet who returns to the States years later, now a master swordsman despite his disability. He seeks out his old Army buddy Terry O'Quinn and finds himself having to protect O'Quinn's son from drug dealers. A good cast goes a long way to help out a predictable script. Rutger Hauer is clearly enjoying himself and does a great job of juggling the serious and the humorous. Terry O'Quinn does fine as the guy not really worthy of Hauer's help. Meg Foster has an unfortunately small role as his wife. The two would star in "Stepfather II" the same year. The supporting cast also includes great villains Noble Willingham, Randall "Tex" Cobb, and Sho Kosugi. The action scenes are fine for the period, but none of them really stay with you after watching. It's a dumb "B" actioner, so expectations are pretty low on it. Rutger Hauer fans will love it more than most.
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7/10
A cool movie about a blind guy and his sword
david-sarkies28 October 2011
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Blind Fury is about a blind man, Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer), who lost his sight in Vietnam and went missing in action. He was rescued by a tribe and trained to live with his habit. Twenty years later he returns to America a skilled swordsman to find his war buddy Frank Devereau. When he arrives in Miami he learns that Frank has divorced his wife and lives in Reno, where the only business is gambling and prostitution. Suddenly three thugs break into the house, kill Frank's wife but are foiled in an attempt to kidnapped his kid. Thus Nick must take the kid to Reno and rescue Frank from the hands of these thugs.

I watched this movie because I have seen it before and liked it. Only near the end I realised why I liked it: it was a sword fighting movie. I have never been much of a fan of martial arts, but I have always like sword fighting, especially Japanese sword fighting as their swords are of an extremely superior quality. The thug comments "you can't stop a bullet", but we see that this swordsman manages to outwit and defeat many thugs with guns, and even manages to defeat a master swordsman at the end of the movie. Blind Fury isn't a movie with a twist, it is a simple action movie with a blind sword fighter as the main character for some laughs and thrills.

The interesting thing about this movie I find are the characters. There seems to have been a little more thought into the characters of this movie that normally. The characterisation is not on the level of Edward Scissorhands, but it is far above other movies such as K9. Nick Parker, even though he is a master swordsman, is still very fallible. He isn't one of those unbelievable blindmen who can walk around just as if they could see. We are always reminded that he is not only blind, but his blindness is a weakness. At the beginning he walks along the road into Miama and finds an alligator, but mistakes it for a dog. He is also fooled by the kids little tricks, especially with the rock.

The movie isn't really exciting, more average, but it is a level above most Hollywood movies. The bad guy isn't noble, as most tend to be, he is sadistic and doesn't care what he does as long as he gets the mission completed. The beginning where he shoots the woman dead is an example of this. The kid also begins resenting Nick but grows to rely upon him, especially after he learns that his mother is dead. Blind Fury is enjoyable but I wouldn't rate it with the great movies.
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8/10
Nice Doggy.....
FlashCallahan28 January 2011
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Hauer Plays Nick, a blind Vietnam vet who wants to visit Terry O'Quinn to say hello. Having not heard anything from Terry in over twenty years, he reaches his house and Meg Foster tells him that he doesn't live here anymore.

About five minutes later, she is gunned down, and Nick has to look after Hasselhoffs son from Baywatch. It turns out that Terry has racked up a sizable debt and the bad guys want him to make some drugs, and use his son as leverage.

only Nick can save the day.

Cue the Carnage....

I haven't seen this film in over ten years, so when i decided to see it again, i went in with low expectations, as of course it wouldn't be any good now as i'm all grown up and action films like that are sparse these days.

To my delight, despite the script being a little cheesy, and the fashion very distasteful, this is still a cracking movie, which has gained a little cult following some 21 years after it's release.

It's funny, action packed, and very comic strip-esque in it's narration.

Hauer plays this tongue firmly in cheek, and he owns this movie. He has a great relationship with Billy, and the film has a surprising humanistic edge to it.

But other than this, it's your standard action film. Set piece after set piece, with some good one-liners to ease the tension during the darker scenes.

Even though the film is bright and funny throughout, the ending is quite sad, but makes the film that little bit better.

It's a Friday night film, fun to watch and to quote, but it's hammy and knows this.

Especially when one of the main bad guys is called 'Slag'.
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A typical martial arts adventure is distinguished by an unconventional hero and a great sense of humor.
FlyBoyDC17 September 1999
The setting is in Vietnam, the year is 1969. Amid the explosive violence and the frenzied chaos, America begins to withdraw its troops from the Vietnam conflict. Two soldiers and long time buddies, Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer) and Frank Devereaux (Terry O'Quinn, star of THE STEPFATHER) are ready to go home. However, the mission of utmost importance to take down the enemy has been bestowed upon the two volunteers. As the heroes begin to take their toll, Parker succumbs to the fiasco in Vietnam. He fights with all his might...but the devastation is simply too much for any one man to handle...

Parker falls behind the rest of the troops. He inevitably is lost within the fiery situation... Without warning, Parker is blindsided by the enemy...and left for dead. Waking up several hours later, Parker realizes that he can no longer see...he is permanently blind.

He has no where to go. He cannot see the lurid horrors of his fallen comrades. Parker is lucky to be alive... Now, hell-bent on getting out of this nightmare and returning home...Parker must find a way to survive out in the jungles before the Vietcong arrive...

Seeking refuge in a small village, Parker is aided by friendly natives. He then learns the esoteric art of fighting without relying on what he observes. He learns the hard way that there is more to the scenario than what the eyes are allowed to witness. Without his ability to see, Parker must rely on his remaining senses to guide him out of dangerous perils. As he perfects his martial arts skills...Parker knows that he must return back to America in order to complete one last mission...

The action fast forwards twenty years later. This is when Parker is assigned to track down an old buddy of his from Vietnam. Little does he know that his old friend is in deep debt with the mob. As well, Frank Devereaux is now forced to create a new designer drug to be distributed into the streets...

Under duress, Frank must either accede to the mob's requests...or else suffer the unthinkable consequences. Meanwhile, Parker decides to take care of Devereaux's obstinate son (Brandon Call), taking him on a cross country trip to Reno, Nevada, where Frank Devereaux was last seen. The invidious mob, aware that there is a vigilante out there cleaning up their acts...decides to deploy vicious mobsters and rednecks in order to eradicate him...

BLIND FURY is a surprisingly serviceable action film. This flick is a fast paced and fun adventure with raging fury. What gives BLIND FURY merit though is its uncommon valor. Admittedly, it is kind of amazing how a vision-impaired person can be so proficient in martial arts. He certainly slices up the competition! Criminals ought to beware! He may as blind as a bat, but this swordsman has the reflexes of a jaguar, the sharp acuity of an owl, the ferocity of a lion, and the perspicacity of an eagle. His courage is as unlimited as his fighting ability. Yet, Parker can also be humble at the appropriate times.

BLIND FURY contains impressively choreographed fighting sequences and a great, tongue-in cheek sense of humor. There is plenty of violence in this film to appease action fans, but the stunts and action sequences are certainly directed with flair and verve. The way the hero perforates through the villains with his steel blade is eye-catching. The comical tones in BLIND FURY also remind the audience that this film, though full of bellicose characteristics, is good natured and harmless. The thrills in this film are abundant, and even if the violence in this film is a bit excessive, the tension and humor keep this film from straying towards sadism. Also, one of the best features is the climax, culminating to an earth shattering confrontation between the blind hero and one of the greatest ninja masters ever known...

Another interesting aspect in the story involves the humorous chemistry between Nick Parker and his friend's son. The two share a "love-hate" relationship. Although the boy may detest Parker for being overly attentive and pedantic, and Parker himself is annoyed by the boy's stubborn attitude, they both still care about each other like an uncle and nephew.

As for the villains, Randall 'Tex' Cobb (UNCOMMON VALOR) is a nice addition as a wonderfully sinister, antagonistic philistine. Sho Kosugi also performs a dazzling, show-stealing act. He happens to be a professional assassin with a vendetta against Parker.

Also, BLIND FURY is a nice revision of the ancient Japanese martial arts films. BLIND FURY captures the spirit of the "Zatoichi" movies (for which the premise of this motion picture is based on). For example, the imagery of the hero running through a cornfield evokes a reminiscence of the classic Japanese samurai films. The way this scenery was shot was haunting and surreal. That one moment was extremely well photographed. BLIND FURY is a nice tribute to such Japanese classics as the films of Akira Kurosawa or the movies featuring Toshio Mifune.

BLIND FURY is a commendable adventure with an unconventional hero. Exquisite sword-fighting, a great amount of dynamite action, a favorable lead, and an amusing albeit subtle sense of humor all add up to an enjoyable experience. BLIND FURY is definitely better than your typical action fanfare with plenty of chances to root for the good guys! BLIND FURY is cutting edge entertainment which is good natured fun. Overall, it is a smoothly crafted film.

RATING: **1/2 out of ****.
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6/10
Entertaining enough...
Paul Magne Haakonsen31 December 2015
This late 1980's action movie is actually one of the better and more memorable movies of Rutger Hauer's movie career. That being said, it should also be said that it is campy and cheesy, but in a good way that only those 1980's movies could manage.

The story is about a blinded Vietnam veteran returning to America where he seeks out his old army comrade, and ends up entangled with drug dealers out to kill his friend.

It is an entertaining movie for what it was, although it had some comedy elements tossed into it as well. That is of course a personal preference whether or not you like that particular combination.

The cast did a good job with their given roles and characters, And for those who were watching movies back in the 1980's then there is a good number of familiar faces amongst the cast.

While "Blind Fury" is nowhere near a masterpiece or even matching the action movies from Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme or Seagal, it is still a movie that can sustain repeated viewings every now and then with some years in between.
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10/10
80s were good!
nm470128429 June 2014
This is a typical story from the '80s that keeps you at the edge of your sit and with a full bladder... yep. You'll not be able to take a bathroom break even if you stream it.

A blind hero helps a family. A village helps a G.I. A villain gets it. A strong friendship begins. A touching story unfolds.

I loved everything about this movie. The story is like a good book that you can't put it down and you want to keep turning the pages.

There is friendship, action, history and again action! Love the way they played with the title of the movie. Sharp... if you catch my drift.

You need to see what's happening at the end. Brilliant.
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10/10
For Those Of You That Don't Know, Rutger's Character Is Based Upon The Blind Samurai Zatoichi.
Vivekmaru451 February 2014
After watching Noyce's thriller masterpiece Dead Calm, this film is a welcome addition in the action thriller genre. The film is written by Charles Robert Carner(of Gymkata fame) and is a loosely based, modernized version of Zatoichi Challenged, the 17th film in the Japanese Zatoichi film series.

Actor Rutger Hauer plays Nick Parker, an American soldier serving in the Vietnam War, is blinded by a mortar explosion, and soon after rescued by local villagers, who help him recover his health. Although he remains blind, as a part of his recovery, he is taught by the local master to be an expert swordsman, and to train his other senses.

Years later, having returned to the United States, he visits old army-buddy Frank Deveraux (Terry O'Quinn), only to find that Deveraux is missing...

I've been a fan of Rutger Hauer ever since his Blade Runner days. Later He played an iconic role as the psychopathic killer in The Hitcher. In this film, since he plays a blind man, there are some scenes in the film which are very humorous. For example, in one scene he apparently tries to drive a van down a busy road. He hits a car and the driver of the car says, "Are you blind or what?". Hauer replies after staring at him through the window,"Yeah. Whats your excuse?"

The acting, action scenes, background sound effects and solid script make this film very watchable.

Notable actors in the film: Terry O'Quinn(The Stepfather 1 and 2) and Meg Foster(Ticket To Heaven, The Emerald Forest).

Verdict: A must buy film.

Other Hauer films to watch/buy: Ladyhawke(1985), Escape from Sobibor (1987), Salute of the Jugger(1989), Wedlock(1991), Split Second(1992), Surviving the Game (1994 - Excellent and must see.), Fatherland (1994).

I have seen the above films and recommend them highly. Add them to your shopping list.
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6/10
Rutger wrecks death and destruction in this action extravaganza of '89
Blind Fury is too funny to be serious, which you would of expected to be. Instead, what you get is a film that doesn't take itself so seriously, a slapstick, of action film of continuity, as in action I mean. Our Rutger, great as always, loses his vision while fighting the wars in the humid jungles of Vietnam. Taken in by some villages, he's trained as a samurai swordsman, which is rewarding in the end, where he graduates as the ultimate sword master. Remember, he's blind, and when we see all the instruments of injury he dodges, and bad guys he takes out, we ask ourselves, how could of he become this good. Answer: It's only a movie. No blind guy could be capable of this, except Rutger, in this heavy action pic of continuity with shades of humor too. Rutgers's vet friend (The Stepfather's Terry O'Quinn) is in deep trouble in Vegas, as having to owe all this money, to these mob swindlers. Saving Quinn's son, from death, where the mother's taken out, Rutger and kid head to Vegas. He's aided by Quinn's girlfriend (Lisa Blount) and they set to take these guy's down. Far fetched as it (one scene has Rutger behind the wheel, speeding towards a wall, missing it by sheer centimeters, when braking), the action, and fighting which would of taken hours of training are well choreographed. This film is just a reason to kill 83 minutes of time at the movies, where we know by now as in almost every of his B grade, straight to video CRAP, the name Rutger means action. Even Sho Kosugi, turns up near the end, as a bad guy, would you believe. Blind Fury, which had a humble cinema running, followed by Salute Of The Jugger, sadly, was the start of an endless of chain of duds for our poor Rutger. The same went for the career of another 'Hitcher' star, C. Thomas Howell. How the hell Rutger caught that teensy toy alligator at the end, when thrown by the kid, on the bridge above, takes the cake of implausible moments in the film. This film too was fresh off the heals of Phillp Noyce's prior hit, Dead Calm.
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8/10
"Not bad for a blind man!"
dee.reid29 January 2013
"Blind Fury" is a mostly forgotten little martial arts/samurai film from 1990. The film is basically an Americanized adaptation of the "Zatoichi" ("blind swordsman") film series that starred the late Japanese film star Shintaro Katsu (1931-1997); "Blind Fury" was itself reportedly inspired specifically by the film "Zatoichi Challenged" (1967).

Part martial arts film and part road movie, "Blind Fury" is about blind Vietnam veteran Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer, "Blade Runner"), who becomes the reluctant protector of a youngster named Billy Devereaux (Brandon Call), after the boy's mother is slain by Nevada gangsters. Parker thus embarks on a cross-country odyssey to reunite Billy with his drug chemist father Frank Devereaux (Terrance O'Quinn), who was also Nick's best friend in Vietnam. Frank has become indebted to the gangsters from Nevada and to ensure that he can repay them, they try to capture his young son.

What they don't count on, of course, is Nick and his awesome samurai sword-fighting skills, which he acquired from benevolent Vietnamese sword masters after being blinded in a mortar attack one night by Vietnamese insurgents and Frank abandoned him during the battle. Nick appears to have forgiven Frank for his actions (or lack thereof).

"Blind Fury" was directed by Phillip Noyce (of the thriller "Dead Calm" from the year before). I'm not sure who worked on the fight choreography for this movie, but it is definitely top-notch (considering its budget limitations), and Hauer appears to be the real deal doing his own sword-fighting sequences. Additionally, Hauer also brings a sly, cunning wit to the proceedings, who as someone else once mentioned before, he hardly seems aware of the fact that he's often cutting down one legion of bad guys after another.

Japanese martial arts star Sho Kosugi appears late in the film as "The Assassin," a master sword fighter brought in by the gangsters to challenge Nick Parker.

8/10
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6/10
Nice B-class action movie
Maziun1 September 2012
"Blind fury" is a perfect example of a movie that could be very awful in the hands of wrong people . Thankfully , Australian director Phillip Noyce ( known for "Dead calm" , " Patriot games " and "Bone collector") is a solid craftsman . He doesn't turn the movie into "so bad , it's good" kind of movie , but tries to make this movie as good as possible.

How could a movie featuring Rutger Hauer as a blind swordsman be anything but gloriously entertaining? Loosely based on the Japanese samurai movie, "Zatoichi Challenged", the humorous, action-packed tone of "Blind Fury" is vaguely akin to a Hong Kong flick – in fact, it's the sort of vehicle Jackie Chan would have excelled at in his prime, with its numerous scenes of slapstick action, and its lead character's habit of "accidentally" injuring his hapless opponents. Here , Rutger Hauer plays a blind Vietnam veteran - Nick Parker who also knows how to use a sword. His friend and friend's family got trouble with mafia, so Nick must help them.

Sounds cheesy , right ? "Blind fury" seems to fall into B-class movie category , but still manages to be a good movie. This movie has got brains , humor and (what is surprising) a heart. Noyce was able to convince a viewer that blind man with sword is able to defeat mafia . The movie doesn't take itself too seriously , there are plenty jokes , especially the ones about Nick's injury. Creators of the movie obviously had ironic distance to whole story. Despite that there were able to involve viewer EMOTIONALLY to the story .

The friendship between Nick and Frank is done good , but the relationship between Nick and Billy ( Frank's son ) is done simply great. The ending to the movie is one of my favourite movie endings of all time . I'm always crying at the end and that is a a big achievement for a B-class movie.

Acting is very decent . No performances worthy an Oscar , but Rutger Hauer is great as Nick Parker . He makes his character very human - funny , lonely , brave and honorable. He isn't a one dimensional tough guy , but someone who could exist in real life (just like John McClane from "Die hard"). It was also nice to see Randall "Tex Cobb" as one of the bad guys.

There is some good music here . The main theme is quite funny and very memorable , just like the dialogue.

Overall , I recommend "Blind fury" . I give it 6/10 . Give it a shot . You might be pleasantly surprised.
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