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The Fury (1978)

A former CIA agent uses the talents of a young psychic to help retrieve his telekinetic son from terrorists, who want to use his mental powers for evil.

Director:

Brian De Palma (as Brian DePalma)

Writers:

John Farris (screenplay), John Farris (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Peter
John Cassavetes ... Childress
Carrie Snodgress ... Hester
Charles Durning ... Dr. Jim McKeever
Amy Irving ... Gillian
Fiona Lewis ... Susan Charles
Andrew Stevens ... Robin
Carol Eve Rossen ... Dr. Ellen Lindstrom (as Carol Rossen)
Rutanya Alda ... Kristen
Joyce Easton Joyce Easton ... Mrs. Bellaver
William Finley ... Raymond
Jane Lambert Jane Lambert ... Vivian Nuckells
Sam Laws ... Blackfish
J. Patrick McNamara ... Robertson
Alice Nunn ... Mrs. Callahan
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Storyline

A secret US agency behind the unscrupulous Childress 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 Childress. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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An experience in terror and suspense.

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La furia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,000,000, 31 December 1978
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is possible that the names of the two cops, Bob and Marty, were so named because of Brian De Palma's friendship with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film, It is established that Robin can levitate himself. Minutes later, he falls to his death. Why didn't he use his power to break his fall? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robin Sandza: [laughing]
Peter Sandza: I won.
Robin Sandza: What do you mean, you won? You did not!
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Connections

Featured in The Dick Cavett Show: Episode dated 16 June 1978 (1978) 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 Renaldo MatlinSee 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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