**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!
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