Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer) is a Vietnam vet who was blinded during the war. He was found by one of the local tribes, who taught him to enhance his remaining senses and to expertly wield a sword. On his return to the United States, he goes to visit an old Army buddy, Frank Devereaux (Terrance O'Quinn), but discovers that he and his wife, Lynn (Meg Foster) are divorced, and Frank no longer lives there. What they don't know is that Devereaux was playing in a crooked casino in Reno, Nevada and accumulated a large debt. Casino boss MacCready (Noble Willingham) is willing to forgive his debt if he does something for him: Devereaux is a chemist, and they want him to make designer drugs. In order to make sure he does it, they try to kidnap his son, Billy (Brandon Call). But Nick is there, and Nick saves the boy. Thus begins a road trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to protect the boy and save his friend, with the boss' henchmen in pursuit.Written by
Although the violence in this movie is not too graphic, this movie was given the "18" certificate in the United Kingdom. But, it was given the "M" rating in Australia and New Zealand. See more »
During a fight scene at MacCready's house, Nick loses his sword, which ends up at the bottom of a pool. In the next shot, Sho Kosugi's sword is visible on the deck; some confused it with Nick's. See more »
[an old lady shoots at Lyle and Tector after they steal her car]
Jesus H. Christ!
Yep. That's one reason I always voted for gun control!
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When Blind Fury was being prepared for TV in the early 1990s, many changes were made, adding short extensions here and there, as well as alternate "TV friendly" takes of various lines. Here is a full list of changes:
1. Alternate take: Billy sticks his tongue out at Nick to "test" his blindness, rather than giving him the finger as in the theatrical cut.
2. Deleted shot: Billy runs outside along his backyard pool, with a tracking shot revealing more of his dinosaur sculptures
3. Extended scene: Lynn mentions Frank not discussing the war, prior to Nick pouring the tea (thus, the "he never even talked about the war" line is removed later on). She later further expresses the difficulties of divorce.
4. Extended shot: After the cop at the bus station checks on Nick and Billy, the shot continues well after they leave, with the cop still staring. Due to a deleted scene later, the "I get the window seat..." line is removed.
5. Deleted scene: Nick goes to the cashier at the bus station to buy two tickets to Reno, only for the cashier (realizing Nick is blind) to try to trick him by giving him less change. Nick, aware of this, points out the mistake, and also knocks off the cashier's toupee onto a Slurpee. It's at the end of this scene where we actually see Billy say the "I get the window seat..." line.
6. Deleted scene: When Nick and Billy first begin their bus trip, it initially begins with Billy using his inhaler, later to use it to wake Nick up. Billy then continually complains that he can't sleep on the bus, with Nick bluntly replying with "then don't". This scene takes place prior to Annie visiting Frank, and temporarily replaces the scene with Billy flopping around and hitting Nick on the bus as he sleeps. This latter scene instead is placed after the Annie/Frank scene in the TV cut.
7. Deleted shot: Prior to the bus scene with Nick telling Billy about his father, there's an extra shot of the bus driving into Graceland, complete with a "Home of Elvis Presley" sign.
8. Deleted scene: In the middle of Nick's chase after Billy in the cornfield, he actually manages to stop him at one point, with Billy exclaiming the fact that his mother's dead and his father doesn't want him.
9. Extended scene: At the end of the scene with Nick and Billy by the campfire, when Billy attempts to "see" what Nick's life is like by closing his eyes, he hears footsteps, only to discover a nearby deer. Nick asks Billy to describe it, and he responds saying it's "like a real deer... not like in a zoo." And that it also looks "free."
10. Extended scene: When Nick and Billy are trapped in the back of Lyle and Tector's van, there's an additional segment in which Billy looks around saying "It's so dark in here". Nick, sarcastically, simply replies "I thought it was just me."
11. Alternate take: After Lyle and Tector steal the car from the two old women and shoot out the back window, the TV cut uses a take of Lyle exclaiming "What the?" as opposed to the theatrical cut's "Jesus H. Christ!"
12. Deleted shot: After the alternate "What the?" take, the film cuts back to the two old women, with the unarmed woman saying to the armed one "You always forget to reload!"
13. Alternate take: When the driver that Nick nearly runs off the road realizes the Nick is blind, he exclaims "Holy cow!" rather than the theatrical cut's "Holy shit!"
14. Deleted shot: When Annie sees Nick off to find Frank, she tells him that she thinks Frank was set up by MacReady.
15. Extended scene: After Nick leaves Billy and Annie to find Frank, Annie asks Billy "What did he say to you?" Billy says "To hold down the fort and protect the women." Annie responds with "It's good to know we're in such capable hands Billy. In as deep a voice as he can muster, Billy says "It's Bill."
16. Deleted scene: After Nick escapes from the casino riot to the elevator, there's an additional scene in which he starts eating the food off of the room service tray, as well as dropping his cigar into the coffee pot.
17. Alternate take: When Nick disables the elevator that Lyle and Tector are riding in, rather than the theatrical cut's "Shit! Fuck! Shit fuck!", the TV cut uses a far more tame "Dog! Gone! Dog gone!"
18. Alternate take: When Nick asks Cobb where Frank is, the theatrical cut has Cobb respond with "F.O., Errol Flynn. Do you know what that means? Fuck off!". However, the TV cut dubs in the line "G.T.H., Errol Flynn." in the same two-shot used in the theatrical cut, but uses new footage on the close up on Cobb, with his alternate response of "Do you know what that means? Go to Hell!"
19. Deleted scene: After Nick knocks out Cobb and takes the key, the TV cut jumps to an extra short scene in which the Casino guards try to push Lyle into the elevator shaft, only for him to crash back down. Tector then asks "You okay?"
20. Extended scene: When Nick and Frank try to find Annie and Billy, there's a long take of Frank asking "anybody home?" before searching the inside of the modified bus. This cuts to a longer POV shot of Frank walking through the bus.
21. Deleted shot: After Frank makes the deal on the phone with MacReady, there's an additional shot of Frank exclaiming "What I wouldn't give!" and then calming down to say to Nick "I guess you don't get any second chances, though, do you?"
22. Alternate take: At the end of the Winterhaven ambush scene, an alternate angle/take of Nick stabbing Cobb is used, in which the bloodied blade and the final stab aren't as prominent as they are in the theatrical cut.
23. Deleted scene: Before Nick and Frank make their way to meet MacReady, Frank steps in saying "Nick, this way!"
24. Extended ending: As Billy tries to stop Nick from leaving, the overall scene is longer, with Nick saying that Billy is becoming a man and that he promises that he will call and see him again.
Left for dead in Vietnam, Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer) is found by a local and taken into the village and trained in swordsmanship by a warrior. The trouble is, Nick is blind. Twenty years later and Nick has returned to the USA to find his army buddy who left him behind. On his quest, he stumbles into a mobsters plan to kidnap his buddy's wife and son. This is where the action and adventure start to ramp up.
Writer Charles Robert Carner does an admirable job of keeping the story interesting and humourous. There are a few character-building scenes, which the director, Phillip Noyce, handles beautifully. The two best situations are relationship builders between Nick and Billy. The sleeping scene where Nick can't stop Billy using his as a footrest. I know nephews who slept like this, very believable. But it's Nicks acceptance of the circumstances that shows his growing feelings towards the boy. Then when Nick informs Billy of his mother's death it's treated with respect. Noyce pulls the cam out and cuts the audio to give the pair privacy. Then when Billy runs off the audio comes back in showing Nicks concern. This then leads into a nicely choreographed action spectacle in a cornfield
Noyce keeps this rollercoaster pace throughout the film, which helps to keep the viewer entertained and interested.
There are a lot of decent actors in the movie, however, it's Rutger Hauer who steals the show. From the first time I saw him in Blade Runner, I was a fan. He has an aura about him which shows in his performances. It's difficult to play a blind person, only a few actors have managed to pull it off. Then you add in a sword, lots of action, and quite a few cast members and it becomes more difficult to make the blindness believable. There are only a couple of times when Hauer slightly loses his concentration and appears to look at somebody or something. But overall he pulls it off magnificently.
Everybody else is perfect in their roles. Noble Willingham makes a great mobster as MacCready. Terry O'Quinn shows why he became a sought after actor. Randall "Tex" Cobb is the perfect hard cigar-smoking bad guy, Slag. Nick Cassavetes and Rick Overton have a great relationship as the two redneck hitmen brothers, Lyle and Tector Pike. Though both Lisa Blount, Annie Winchester, and Meg Foster, Lynn Devereaux are underused. Annie seems to be there to be a babysitter for Billy. While Lynn only appears to be around to get killed. It would have been nice to have these two fleshed out a bit more.
This is such an enjoyable movie that I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to anyone. It's an excellent way to pass an hour and a half.
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