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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
Robin Sandza: [laughing]
Peter Sandza: I won.
Robin Sandza: What do you mean, you won? You did not!
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Messing With His Mind As Well As His Libido
19 May 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Does anyone remember the famous Star Trek episode, one of the earliest ones where an encounter with an anomaly in space leaves Enterprise crewman, Gary Lockwood with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men? If you'll remember he was abandoned on deserted asteroid. The Fury deals with a young man on the way to being another Gary Lockwood.

Young Andrew Stevens has those abilities already, they just need to be focused and developed. Stevens is being raised by his widowed father Kirk Douglas who's a government agent. A raid while they're on vacation in the Mediterranean by some Arab terrorist types allows a ruthless bureaucrat played by John Cassavetes to separate father from son. Stevens believes Dad has died, but Kirk doesn't swallow that so easy.

Kirk's on the hunt for his son and the quest takes him to Chicago where people like Stevens with paranormal abilities are being studied and tested so the USA can have them as a weapon. Carrie Snodgrass and Charles Durning are working there as well. And so is Fiona Lewis who's been given personal charge of Stevens and develops the kid's libido as well as his telekinesis.

Brian DePalma directed this film and it's a good one with outstanding performances by all the cast. Look for a good performance from Amy Irving as another young person with such abilities who literally makes Cassavetes fall apart at the end. And there's a memorable bit from a younger and thinner Dennis Franz before the gain of weight and loss of hair that we all know as Detective Andrew Sipowicz. Franz plays a Chicago police officer who's something of a doofus.

Fans of Brian DePalma in particular and horror films in general will very much like The Fury.


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