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Certain Fury (1985)

During a shooting in court young prostitute Scarlet manages to flee. In a state of confusion, the black Tracy, who was arrested for a minor delict, follows her. When she decides to leave ... See full summary »


Stephen Gyllenhaal


Michael Jacobs (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatum O'Neal ... Scarlet McGinnis
Irene Cara ... Tracy Freeman
Nicholas Campbell ... Sniffer
George Murdock ... Lt. Speier
Moses Gunn ... Dr. Lewis Freeman
Peter Fonda ... Rodney
Rodney Gage Rodney Gage ... Superman
Jonathon Pallone Jonathon Pallone ... Barker
David Longworth ... Streetdog
Dawnlea Tait Dawnlea Tait ... Crystal
Alana Shields Alana Shields ... Laura Gibbs
Sharon Schaffer Sharon Schaffer ... Gisela
Gene Hartline ... Ignatius
Peter Anderson Peter Anderson ... Dealer
Catherine Mead Catherine Mead ... Matron Guard


During a shooting in court young prostitute Scarlet manages to flee. In a state of confusion, the black Tracy, who was arrested for a minor delict, follows her. When she decides to leave Scarlett, an accident makes it impossible. So they're bound together on a flight from the police and some of the meanest criminals of New York. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Two Academy Award Winning Stars... In the one motion picture that hurtles them from innocence - to fear - to rage! See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Tatum O'Neal and Irene Cara; and one Oscar nominee: Peter Fonda. See more »


Referenced in Friday the 13th: The Series: Brain Drain (1988) See more »


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Written by Drew Arnott and Darryl Kromm
Sung a cappella in courtroom
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50% prime exploitation
5 March 2017 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

As noted by other IMDb users here, "Certain Fury" is essentially an updating of the Sidney Poitier / Tony Curtis movie "The Defiant Ones", though changing the sex of the central characters as well as adding gratuitous exploitation material. Nothing really wrong with that idea, at least if you are as big a fan of exploitation movies as I am, but the end results are only partially successful.

The movie gets off to a great start, being swift and packing in much exploitation and other good stuff. Though after the first thirty or so minutes, the movie becomes greatly uneven. There is some good stuff to follow, but they are bright moments lost in a suddenly slowing storyline. The movie almost gets boring at times because of this. Also, the ending is kind of weak, written and directed in a way that seems to come out of a much more serious movie than this.

Is the movie worth seeing? Well, if you are a patient fan of B movie exploitation, and you can see the movie cheaply or for free, then you'll probably get a reasonable amount of enjoyment out of it. If not, you'll probably be in the title state long before the movie reaches the ending.

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1 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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