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Good-natured action outing with Hauer on top form
Leofwine_draca29 November 2015
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This quirky tale of thugs, slugs and martial arts is worth a look for those tired of mainstream, run-of-the-mill fare. Here, the central conceit is that all-action hero Rutger Hauer is blind. You'd think he would therefore be helpless too, but far from fact, he's deadly with his sword and can easily take on a gang of bad guys single-handedly, unaided. The secret to Hauer's success is that he was trained in the jungles of Vietnam to cut a melon into quarters with his sword, in training scenes worthy of an early Van Damme vehicle! Another interesting thing this movie has to offer is a previously-undiscovered penchant on Hauer's part for physical comedy. I've long suspected that Hauer is underrated as an actor and here he proves the fact, by firstly being a totally convincing blind man, and secondly by being frequently funny when the script calls for it. On top of this, he's charismatic, an all-round nice guy and adept at playing either good guys (as here) or bad (THE HITCHER) depending on the film, effortlessly moving from side to side and creating either monstrous baddies or lovable heroes.

Although the plot of this movie is predictable in the extreme, the blindness of Hauer's character makes for several unexpected comic moments, such as the scene around halfway where he drives a van at speed through a busy city - absolutely great stuff, topped off by fine comic interplay when an endangered fellow driver shouts to Hauer "are you blind?!" before realising that yes, indeed he is. The action, when it comes, is also clichéd but good, from the opening non-lethal bar-room fight between Hauer and a gang of thugs (just how many times have we seen that, anyway?) to a moment where he outwits a gang of bad guys in a cornfield. Come to think of it, the odd locations are what makes the action most memorable.

The best scenes are saved for the finale, in particular a great moment when a load of bad guys gang up on Hauer on a disco floor, only for the lights to go out and him to get the upper hand and massacre them all in violent, bloodthirsty ways. There's also a superb one-on-one battle between Hauer and Japanese martial arts star Sho Kosugi, excellently staged.

The supporting cast give mediocre performances, despite there being quite a few familiar faces on view (including Nick Cassavetes, Terry O'Quinn as Haure's Vietnam buddy, Noble Willingham and Randall "Tex" Cobb). Most of the villains are clichéd and uninspired, while some of the rednecks have some really dumb scenes which drag the film down a notch or two. Surprisingly, the bonding between Hauer and the young boy should be vomit-inducing but isn't, perhaps due again to Hauer's wry portrayal of the blind but very definitely not disabled. Fantasy fans will also probably notice Meg Foster (she of the incredible glowing eyes) appearing briefly as a mother. BLIND FURY is predictable stuff saved by some good action and the charisma of Rutger Hauer. Definitely recommended for action fans looking for something a little different.
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A delightfully offbeat, amusing and exciting action flick
Woodyanders26 February 2008
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Nick Parker (splendidly played by Rutger Hauer) gets left behind by his good buddy Frank Devereaux (the always fine Terry O'Quinn) during combat in Vietnam. Nick loses his eyesight in an explosion, but luckily is found by a bunch of nice villagers who teach him how to fight with a sword. Many years later Nick goes in search of Frank. He discovers that Frank has run afoul of evil Las Vegas mobsters led by crusty casino owner MacReady (a marvelously cantankerous Noble Willingham). Nick comes to Frank's rescue. Frank's bratty son Billy (an effectively obnoxious Brandon Call) tags along. Director Phillip Noyce, working from a bright and inspired script by Charles Robert Corner, maintains a brisk pace throughout, stages the stirring action scenes with rip-snorting aplomb, and spices up the proceedings with a wickedly funny line in quirky dark humor (the definite comic highlight occurs with a lengthy car chase in which Nick recklessly drives a van!). Moreover, there's excellent acting from a bang-up cast: Lisa Blount as Frank's sweet girlfriend Annie Winchester, Randall "Tex" Cobb as scruffy, brutish goon Slag, Meg Foster as Frank's estranged ex-wife Lynn, Charles Cooper as MacReady's affable business partner Cobb, and ace martial artist Sho Kosugi as a deadly, formidable hired assassin. Nick Cassavettes and Rick Overton are hilarious as dim-witted redneck flunkies Lyle and Tector Pike. Hauer makes for a very credible and engaging oddball hero. Both Don Burgess' sharp, polished cinematography and J. Peter Robinson's funky, syncopated score are up to snuff. Better still, we've even got a welcome and touching additional human element concerning friendship and forgiveness. A real treat.
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Absurd With Zero Credibility......But Fun!
ccthemovieman-128 April 2006
Talk about "suspending belief!" Boy, if this is a prime case of that, I don't know what is, but, it's still pretty enjoyable to watch. You just have enjoy what happening and put your brain on the back-burner.

Rutger Hauer plays a blind man who winds up killing about 10-20 bad guys in fights, despite the fact (1) they can see; (2) they also have guns!

Yes, it's absurd, but it's all in fun especially with Hauer cracking jokes and showing compassion in all his violence. The villains, meanwhile, are so stereotyped you almost want to laugh out loud.

This whole movie is really like a cartoon, without the animation.
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Entertaining and fun action movie filled with violent fights , frantic action impressive duels
ma-cortes22 January 2015
This moving picture is packed with frenetic action , thrills, suspense, and tension . Our peculiar as well as shambling hero is called Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer) , he is a Vietvet , he suffered horrible experiences who left damaged him , batty and blind . As at the beginning shows how he was rescued from the battlefield where was wounded by a bomb and become blind . As stricken Nick is rescued by a gentle Vietnamese tribe and is taught by a mentor about some swift sword skills . There he also learns self-restraint , patience , tolerance , goodness , and compassion . A bit later on , he returns USA , he is a new man with a new mission : save and protect unfortunate people . He is a swordsman who helps and saves hapless and protects a kid (Brandon Call) , his cute menaced mummy (Meg Foster) and his husband (Terry O'Quinn) , Nick's long-last army colleague , from the Mob . Nick is a Ronin-alike , a particular samurai without master . He will have to face a villain (Noble Willingham) and his nasty band (Randall Tex Cobb , Nick Cassavetes , Rick Overton).

In this lively as well as appealing movie there are thrills , Katana sword fights , ass-kicking , emotion , violence and lots of nifty action . The picture develops the classic facing off between good guys versus bad guys . As there's plenty of pleasure fighting and swording , but also includes failed moments . It thunders along amusingly , if rather unbelievably with rapid scenes and spectacular fight images , if not downright supernatural starring's skills . This exciting as well as stirring film results to be an enjoyable attempt to Americanize Japanese ¨Zaito-ichi movies ; however it doesn't altogether work and contains some flaws and gaps . In fact , being based on the Zatoichi film/TV series from Japan , and subsequently adapted by Takeshi Kitano in a popular ¨Ziaitochi¨film . Nice acting by shrew Rutger Hauer as smiling , likable , sword-wielding Vietnam vet , as he carves up nasties and finally duels with a martial art expert played by Sho Kosugi . Sympathetic support cast formed by a bunch of humorous nasties such as Randall Tex Cobb , Rick Overton , Nick Cassavetes , Noble Willingham , among others . Atmospheric musical score composed by means of synthesizer by J Peter Robinson . Colorful and adequate cinematography by Don Burgess

This brash motion picture was compellingly directed by Phillip Noyce , he skillfully orchestrates a cool film plenty of action , fights and hilarious moments . The picture works pretty well and is paced along admirably but also packs some failures and flawed scenes . Phillip Noyce is a known craftsman who has directed successful action movies such as Patriot games, Clear and present danger , The Saint , The bone collector and Salt . Rating : Acceptable , passable and amusing . Worthwhile watching . After principal photography was completed, a sequel to this film was planned, but never materialized .
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Entertaining enough...
paul_haakonsen31 December 2015
This late 1980's action movie is actually one of the better and more memorable movies of Rutger Hauer's movie career. That being said, it should also be said that it is campy and cheesy, but in a good way that only those 1980's movies could manage.

The story is about a blinded Vietnam veteran returning to America where he seeks out his old army comrade, and ends up entangled with drug dealers out to kill his friend.

It is an entertaining movie for what it was, although it had some comedy elements tossed into it as well. That is of course a personal preference whether or not you like that particular combination.

The cast did a good job with their given roles and characters, And for those who were watching movies back in the 1980's then there is a good number of familiar faces amongst the cast.

While "Blind Fury" is nowhere near a masterpiece or even matching the action movies from Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme or Seagal, it is still a movie that can sustain repeated viewings every now and then with some years in between.
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He also does circumcision.
Hey_Sweden26 November 2012
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"Blind Fury" is a solidly entertaining film certain to please action fans, as it attempted to do an American version of a Japanese Zatoichi film.

Rutger Hauer is fantastic as Nick Parker, an average Joe nice guy blinded during his tour in Vietnam. He comes to Miami to look up his old comrade Frank Deveraux (Terry O'Quinn), only to have to deal with a variety of goons. It seems that Frank, a compulsive gambler, has gotten himself into a lot of trouble, and is now being forced by corrupt casino boss MacCready (Noble Willingham) to create designer drugs. So, in order to ensure Franks' cooperation, MacCready has dispatched a ton of goons to snatch Franks' young son Billy (Brandon Call) and then try to dispatch the blind swordsman in their way. Fortunately, Nick proves up to the challenge.

He's not superhuman, but his instincts are good and his skills undeniable. He's also a pretty engaging guy who never takes himself too seriously; the viewer can hardly fail to notice that this film has a real sense of humour about itself.

The action scenes are top notch. One is interestingly staged in a cornfield and the finale is great fun as it sees Nick do battle with an assassin played by martial arts legend Sho Kosugi, whose appearance is brief but welcome.

The excellent cast also includes Meg Foster as Franks' ex-wife (she'd played enough blind roles herself during her career that it's a nice gag to have her play a sighted person here), Lisa Blount as Franks' new lady friend, the always amusing Randall "Tex" Cobb as a towering heavy whose gruesome demise is a hilarious highlight, and Nick Cassavetes and comedian Rick Overton as the comedy relief henchmen Lyle and Tector.

Director Phillip Noyces' direction is efficient, and the pacing is superb, with the running time coming in at a very reasonable 87 minutes. One problem, though, is that the confrontation with the bad guys is just too rushed, and we never actually see what happens to one of them.

Still, this is an agreeable diversion that does satisfy, keeping up a steady body count, and coming up with some entertaining violent gags, but never getting particularly bloody. Hauers' presence kicks it up another point.

Eight out of 10.
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Fun 80's comedy action flick.
poolandrews27 November 2007
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Blind Fury starts as blind Vietnam veteran Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer) decides to look up his old army buddy Frank Devereaux (Terry O'Quinn), unfortunately Frank isn't at home but his wife Lynn (Meg Foster) & young son Billy (Brandon Call) are so he stops & has a chat. Shortly after two cops arrive looking for Billy, Nick senses something is wrong then a big guy named Slag (Randall 'Tex' Cobb) turns up & things get violent. Despite being blind Nick is a master swordsman & takes the bad guy's down but Lynn is shot dead in the process, feeling responsible Nick sets out to find Frank & discover what sort of trouble he is in & protect Billy at the same time. However the bad guy's are only just starting & Nick finds himself in danger every step of the way...

Directed by Phillip Noyce Blind Fury is one of those cheesy 80's action comedy flicks which is almost impossible to dislike despite knowing that you should. The script by associate producer Charles Robert Carner is a very light hearted remake of the Japanese martial arts film Zatoichi Challenged (1967) & thankfully doesn't take itself too seriously which helps the already silly central story, I mean sequences when Nick who is totally blind dodges guy's with automatic machine guns, defeats other swordsmen who can see & drives a van in a high speed car chase by having the young boy Billy give him directions like 'left', 'right' & 'straight on' really do need the viewer to suspend their disbelief. However if you can & just take Blind Fury for what it is then there's plenty of fun to be had here, there's some cool fights, shoot-outs & even a cool car chase to keep you entertained across it's 90 odd minute duration. The character's are likable which helps, there is some funny dialogue & the film also has a Lethal Weapon (1987) feel to it with the whole clichéd mismatched partner plot where at first Nick & Billy dislike each other but as they get to know one another a mutual respect & strong friendship forms & despite being clichéd it actually works rather well in Blind Fury.

Director Noyce does a good job, he keeps the pace up & things moving along nicely with some well choreographed action scenes. Blind Fury is also notable for some laugh out loud hilarious scenes as well, the opening montage of the Vietnamese villagers training the blind Nick with a sword & a vegetable are almost as funny as the scene in which Nick is sitting against a tree & he hears a buzzing sound & after one swipe of his sword there is a shot of a cut in half bee falling to the ground! Just the whole idea of a blind man cutting a flying bee in half with a sword is just too funny for words & has to be seen to be believed. As does the bit when Nick cuts the eyebrows off a bad guy with his sword! Unfortunately it's sometimes hard to relate Nick with blindness as he does all sorts of things a blind man in reality would find impossible, he has sword fights with people & wins, he walks around buildings & places he's never been before & never bumps into or falls over things, he drives a van he'd never sat in before & there are many things he does which he would have to be able to see to do. Nick's blindness could have been used much more effectively than it was. The violence isn't too excessive, there's a severed hand & Nick cuts a bad guy in half at the end but there's not much else in the way of graphic violence.

Technically the film is good & has a solid 80's action feel to it, according to the IMDb Blind Fury was shot in Houston, Texas & in Reno, Nevada & strangely in Australia. It's well made & looks nice enough for what it is. The acting is alright, Rutger Hauer is Rutger Hauer I suppose which says it all while Noble Willingham puts in a bit of practise as the bad guy in preparation for his similar role in the Bruce Willis action flick The Last Boy Scout (1991) made a couple of years after Blind Fury.

Blind Fury turned out to be a much better action flick than I had anticipated it would be, there's some neat action, a decent story & some funny moments that passed 90 odd minutes pleasantly enough for me. A must for cheesy 80's action junkies like me!
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"That thing's got more holes than my daddy's rubber!"
utgard1425 November 2015
Fun but stupid action movie with Rutger Hauer as a blind Vietnam vet who returns to the States years later, now a master swordsman despite his disability. He seeks out his old Army buddy Terry O'Quinn and finds himself having to protect O'Quinn's son from drug dealers. A good cast goes a long way to help out a predictable script. Rutger Hauer is clearly enjoying himself and does a great job of juggling the serious and the humorous. Terry O'Quinn does fine as the guy not really worthy of Hauer's help. Meg Foster has an unfortunately small role as his wife. The two would star in "Stepfather II" the same year. The supporting cast also includes great villains Noble Willingham, Randall "Tex" Cobb, and Sho Kosugi. The action scenes are fine for the period, but none of them really stay with you after watching. It's a dumb "B" actioner, so expectations are pretty low on it. Rutger Hauer fans will love it more than most.
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B-movie fun with Rutger Hauer.
Boba_Fett113813 June 2004
This movie is a typical 80's B-movie and is one of the better ones.

The movie can be seen as utter trash. It has a silly story, bad dialogue, some cheap actors, horrible stereotype villains, "A-Team" like stunts and horrible 80's music by J. Peter Robinson. This movie will most likely not be liked by the casual viewer but B-movie lovers should really be able to appreciate this movie.

It's a good thing that the movie doesn't always takes itself seriously with as a result that there is lot's of comedy fun to enjoy.

The end fight is ridiculous as well as entertaining and is a fine and suiting ending for this typical B-movie that is a must see for the B-movie fans but not recommendable for the casual viewer.

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Nice Doggy.....
FlashCallahan28 January 2011
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Hauer Plays Nick, a blind Vietnam vet who wants to visit Terry O'Quinn to say hello. Having not heard anything from Terry in over twenty years, he reaches his house and Meg Foster tells him that he doesn't live here anymore.

About five minutes later, she is gunned down, and Nick has to look after Hasselhoffs son from Baywatch. It turns out that Terry has racked up a sizable debt and the bad guys want him to make some drugs, and use his son as leverage.

only Nick can save the day.

Cue the Carnage....

I haven't seen this film in over ten years, so when i decided to see it again, i went in with low expectations, as of course it wouldn't be any good now as i'm all grown up and action films like that are sparse these days.

To my delight, despite the script being a little cheesy, and the fashion very distasteful, this is still a cracking movie, which has gained a little cult following some 21 years after it's release.

It's funny, action packed, and very comic strip-esque in it's narration.

Hauer plays this tongue firmly in cheek, and he owns this movie. He has a great relationship with Billy, and the film has a surprising humanistic edge to it.

But other than this, it's your standard action film. Set piece after set piece, with some good one-liners to ease the tension during the darker scenes.

Even though the film is bright and funny throughout, the ending is quite sad, but makes the film that little bit better.

It's a Friday night film, fun to watch and to quote, but it's hammy and knows this.

Especially when one of the main bad guys is called 'Slag'.
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Good fun movie.
Aaron137514 March 2003
I always like a good Rutger Hauer movie. I wish he got more roles though in mainstream films. This one is a rather fun flick to watch though. It is about a man blinded in Vietnam, he was found by villagers of a remote village and trained to use a sword. Flash forward, as the blind man is looking for an old buddy and goes to the buddies ex wife's house. While there these people looking to capture the buddy's son kill her. Hauer takes the boy and goes across country to find the father. While on his journey the killers are pursuing them as they are looking for the kid so they can get the dad to make some designer drugs for them. Not only does this one have action, but there is a lot of comedy too. As long as you don't take this one to seriously, this one is fun to watch. I especially like the two idiot brothers who work for the bad guys.
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Handicapable smackdown
Mr-Fusion10 March 2018
I have to confess I didn't know what to make of most of "Blind Fury". I knew going in that the premise was cool, but the movie also had a surprisingly jovial tone; and the buffoons chasing Rutger Hauer add to the comic sensibilities. It just seemed to lack any real edge. Not bad, but a bit disjointed.

All of this changed with the final fight, when Sho Kosugi showed up and the real swordfighting began. Despite all that came before, it's a moment to cheer.

Yeah, I'd watch it again. Hauer's awesome.

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action packed and funny
disdressed1216 April 2011
there's lots of great action in this film starring Rutger Hauer.but there's also some great comic bits and some good one liners.some of the acting is over the top,deliberately,i believe.the film is very entertaining from start to finish.Sho Kosugi makes a brief appearance toward the end of the movie(in a small role),which was nice,but i wish he had a bigger role.Phillip Noyce(Salt,Clear and Present Danger,Patriot Games)directed the film.i thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.this may be one of Rutger Hauer's best's nice to see him playing a non villain role.obviously he's a very versatile actor.for me,Blind Fury is a 7/10
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A cool movie about a blind guy and his sword
The-Sarkologist28 October 2011
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Blind Fury is about a blind man, Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer), who lost his sight in Vietnam and went missing in action. He was rescued by a tribe and trained to live with his habit. Twenty years later he returns to America a skilled swordsman to find his war buddy Frank Devereau. When he arrives in Miami he learns that Frank has divorced his wife and lives in Reno, where the only business is gambling and prostitution. Suddenly three thugs break into the house, kill Frank's wife but are foiled in an attempt to kidnapped his kid. Thus Nick must take the kid to Reno and rescue Frank from the hands of these thugs.

I watched this movie because I have seen it before and liked it. Only near the end I realised why I liked it: it was a sword fighting movie. I have never been much of a fan of martial arts, but I have always like sword fighting, especially Japanese sword fighting as their swords are of an extremely superior quality. The thug comments "you can't stop a bullet", but we see that this swordsman manages to outwit and defeat many thugs with guns, and even manages to defeat a master swordsman at the end of the movie. Blind Fury isn't a movie with a twist, it is a simple action movie with a blind sword fighter as the main character for some laughs and thrills.

The interesting thing about this movie I find are the characters. There seems to have been a little more thought into the characters of this movie that normally. The characterisation is not on the level of Edward Scissorhands, but it is far above other movies such as K9. Nick Parker, even though he is a master swordsman, is still very fallible. He isn't one of those unbelievable blindmen who can walk around just as if they could see. We are always reminded that he is not only blind, but his blindness is a weakness. At the beginning he walks along the road into Miama and finds an alligator, but mistakes it for a dog. He is also fooled by the kids little tricks, especially with the rock.

The movie isn't really exciting, more average, but it is a level above most Hollywood movies. The bad guy isn't noble, as most tend to be, he is sadistic and doesn't care what he does as long as he gets the mission completed. The beginning where he shoots the woman dead is an example of this. The kid also begins resenting Nick but grows to rely upon him, especially after he learns that his mother is dead. Blind Fury is enjoyable but I wouldn't rate it with the great movies.
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One great movie!
Movie Nuttball7 August 2003
This is one heck of a fighting movie!Rutger Hauer is really good in the film and I feel that he could have made a ton more fighting films just like this!Randall 'Tex' Cobb was awesome as the bad guy!There are a ton of villains in this movie and in My opinion this is one of the best movies were a fighting hero beats up and/or kills every bad guy in the movie!Terry O'Quinn,Noble Willingham,Meg Foster,Rick Overton,Charles Cooper,Shô Kosugi,Jay Pennison,and Tiger Chung Lee were good!In My opinion this is a classic fighting and thrilling action flick that should satisfy even Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme die hard fans!Very highly recommended!
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Not Excactly Zatoichi
damianphelps21 January 2022
Its a pretty funny movie and an enjoyable watch. I wouldn't say there is much fury though lol.

The original movie series that this is based on (Zatoichi) plays it a bit more seriously but this version works well with the comedy.

Its a silly film but really likeable.
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I'd recommend skipping it
kevin_robbins29 July 2021
Blind Fury (1989) is a movie I recently rewatched on Tubi. The storyline follows a war veteran who lost his site in battle. He is taught to hone in his fighting skills and martial arts by the locals and then returns to the United States where he has to infuse some martial law into a situation with a little boy and former soldier. This movie is directed by Phillip Noyce (Sliver) and stars Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), Nick Cassavetes (The Wraith), Meg Foster (They Live), Lisa Blount (Prince of Darkness) and Charles Cooper (The Wrong Man). The storyline for this picture is absolutely hilarious. Who thought Hauer would be good fit for this role? His hair and make-up throughout the movie was laugh out loud bad. The acting and writing was very uneven and inconsistent. The kid was also annoying and the fight scenes were average. The final scene and the music with it had me scratching my head. I will say there were a few good one-liners; but overall, Id score this film a 3/10 and recommend skipping it.
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GOWBTW4 November 2003
Rutger Hauer really did well playing a blind swordsman. Like Christopher Lambert, he doesn't get much of the attention like most stars do. After losing his sight in a mortar attack, he really enhanced himself when they made him a swordsman. Though he's got a lot to learn about his surroundings. Other than that, he took care of the bad guys with his trusty fighting techniques. This movie was very much action-packed and I enjoyed it very well. The best in blindfighting. 8.5 OUT OF 10.
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"Not bad for a blind man!"
dee.reid29 January 2013
"Blind Fury" is a mostly forgotten little martial arts/samurai film from 1990. The film is basically an Americanized adaptation of the "Zatoichi" ("blind swordsman") film series that starred the late Japanese film star Shintaro Katsu (1931-1997); "Blind Fury" was itself reportedly inspired specifically by the film "Zatoichi Challenged" (1967).

Part martial arts film and part road movie, "Blind Fury" is about blind Vietnam veteran Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer, "Blade Runner"), who becomes the reluctant protector of a youngster named Billy Devereaux (Brandon Call), after the boy's mother is slain by Nevada gangsters. Parker thus embarks on a cross-country odyssey to reunite Billy with his drug chemist father Frank Devereaux (Terrance O'Quinn), who was also Nick's best friend in Vietnam. Frank has become indebted to the gangsters from Nevada and to ensure that he can repay them, they try to capture his young son.

What they don't count on, of course, is Nick and his awesome samurai sword-fighting skills, which he acquired from benevolent Vietnamese sword masters after being blinded in a mortar attack one night by Vietnamese insurgents and Frank abandoned him during the battle. Nick appears to have forgiven Frank for his actions (or lack thereof).

"Blind Fury" was directed by Phillip Noyce (of the thriller "Dead Calm" from the year before). I'm not sure who worked on the fight choreography for this movie, but it is definitely top-notch (considering its budget limitations), and Hauer appears to be the real deal doing his own sword-fighting sequences. Additionally, Hauer also brings a sly, cunning wit to the proceedings, who as someone else once mentioned before, he hardly seems aware of the fact that he's often cutting down one legion of bad guys after another.

Japanese martial arts star Sho Kosugi appears late in the film as "The Assassin," a master sword fighter brought in by the gangsters to challenge Nick Parker.

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see it for the unintended laughs
mjneu597 November 2010
After being initiated into the Way of the Sword by his Viet Cong Captors and taught how to quarter mangoes in mid-air, Marine veteran Rutger Hauer returns home to rescue an old buddy and his son from a syndicate of gambling, drug-running scum. Hauer is, by the way, totally blind, but who needs eyesight when you have superhuman hearing and a three-foot long razor blade? Believe it or not the film was written as an action comedy, and like any martial arts adventure was meant to be at least partially ridiculous. But the choice of hero is ambiguous: the villains may be dumb, ugly, and/or sadistic, but it's the blind, benevolent Hauer who travels from Miami to Reno leaving assorted body parts scattered in his wake, while dropping pearls of Oriental wisdom such as, "whatever happened before…is in the past." Hauer eviscerates, dismembers, slices, dices, and impales every criminal he meets, at one point cutting a slobbering maniac neatly in two at the waist. And this is a role model? Kids, don't try this at home.
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Blunt flurry
I_Ailurophile15 August 2021
The movie wastes no time. In both tone and narrative thrust, one is quickly reminded of similarly somewhat ham-handed action movies throughout the 80s and early 90s. Acting is suitable, action scenes are well choreographed if a bit over the top, and the technical craft is adequate. 'Blind fury' is built for entertainment, without any particular care for what critics have to say - and it handily succeeds in that aim.

It's hardly a revelation, but the narrative writing is better than one might anticipate from a feature of this nature. The movie clocks in at just under 90 minutes, and is decidedly fast paced, but it never feels rushed. Stunts and action sequences, including the climax, are superb, but scenes at large are orchestrated well. I really like the set and costume design; if broadly unremarkable, there was fine attention to detail in the film's craft. There's a fair bit of cleverness in the screenplay, and even if a bit much at times, the touches of comedy are generally pretty fun, one-liners included.

While the characters are rather straightforward, screenwriter Charles Robert Carner gives the cast just enough room to inhabit their roles with some personality. Despite the slant of the film, there's a welcome touch of nuance in the performances given by Rutger Hauer, Lisa Blount, and even the supporting cast who get considerably less time on screen. No one will ever record 'Blind fury' in the annals of acting accolades, but the effort put in by all involved does not go wasted.

I'd be remiss if I didn't make special mention of the original score by J. Peter Robinson. It's not that the music is anything special per se, but that's exactly why it's noteworthy. At best, it plainly echoes the music we'd hear in any feature from this genre, from this timeframe. At other points, it's so noncommittally perfunctory that it wouldn't sound out of place in a second-rate, first-gen JRPG videogame on the first PlayStation. It's interesting how something so undistinguished can yet evoke very particular imagery.

It's worth noting, too: I'll be honest, the very premise raised a red flag for me. How many films and TV shows have been made with a white protagonist helming a story with emphatic roots in other cultures? Whether you want to cite appropriation, the trope of the white savior, or just the general idea of remaking international features that won't find appreciation with white American audiences, there's something about 'Blind fury' that has me a bit leery. This is to say nothing of the blind jokes - there are times where it's hard to tell if protagonist Parker is exceptionally witty and the writing plays games with other characters' expectations, or if the film is having fun at the expense of the disabled.

Still, despite any possible hang-ups, deficiencies, and otherwise flaws - at the end of the day, 'Blind fury' has no intention other than a good time. With the action being especially well done in the movie, complemented with surprisingly solid performances and writing, all the necessary cornerstones are in place to let us just sit back, relax, and savor the spectacle. It may not be a barn-burner to pointedly seek out, but 'Blind fury' is quite enjoyable - and sometimes that's all a picture needs to be.
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Great martial arts hi-jinks
Agent1022 July 2006
The first time I watched this movie back in 1990, I enjoyed a good yarn while watching it with my parents and sisters at home. I hadn't seen it again until recently, enjoying the film with a couple friends and a guinea pig by the name of Baku (who apparently is enthralled by martial arts movies). Needless to say, the film didn't disappoint either time.

I'm throughly convinced that this is an anti-Republican movie. While I am an avid liberal, it's hard not to spot the obviousness of it. Everyone is absolutely evil to Rutger Hauer, a character trait of Reagan's administration; all the bad guys are overall-wearing Southern slackjaws and the bad guy is an evil capitalist. It makes perfect sense.

Other than that, the movie is just a series of great scenes that display an evolution of all the characters. I especially loved Brandon Call as the evil kid, playing sadistic jokes on Nick before he eventually learns that Nick is a pretty cool guy. Terry O'Quinn was also good in this film despite playing such a cowardly character, but you can't be a hero in every film I guess. Either way, this was a pretty funny film to watch.

Especially if you have a guinea pig sitting next to you.
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Agreeable But Undistinguished Actioner Of Blind Swordsman Avenger
ShootingShark8 December 2007
Warning: Spoilers
Nick Parker is a blind Vietnam vet presumed dead for years who tracks down an old war buddy and gets unwittingly involved in kidnapping and murder. Despite his handicap, he determines to rescue his friend and his friend's son from some sleazy Reno drug-pushers.

Loosely based on the old Japanese Zatoichi / Shintaro Katsu blind-swordsman movies of the sixties, this is a pretty agreeable little thriller with an offbeat premise, a great cast, some good stuntwork and many nice moments - the chase in the cornfield, the old blind-man-driving routine, the relationship between Hauer and Call, the final showdown with arch-ninja Kosugi. But, as with too many action films, it's nothing special; there's no real atmosphere, a lot of the characters are just stock goons, the score is weak and the production seems half-hearted, as if nobody was really passionate about the movie. It's a pleasant way to kill time but with the talent of these people it should be much better (see for example Noyce's later Rabbit-Proof Fence). It's still fun though, and Hauer is terrific in the lead as usual, with fine support from O'Quinn (here billed as Terrance for some reason), the always-amazing Foster and the iconic Cobb (Lenny the biker from Raising Arizona). Cassavetes and Overton seem to be having a whale of a time as a pair of goofy hoodlum brothers called Lyle and Tector Pike, who wind up shooting each other. This movie makes me a bit cross - Hauer puts more into it than it deserves, and with a bit more care and originality it could have been something special, but instead it's fairly flat and formulaic. Produced by well-known actor Tim Matheson and a very bad director called Dan Grodnik, and shot in Houston and Reno.
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I get the window seat! You don't need it, you're blind!
reddiemurf8127 December 2021
Nick is a Vietnam vet who was believed to have been killed in action, when he was actually blinded during an attack on his unit. Thankfully, Nick is captured by a Vietnamese tribe that nurses him back to health and they teach him to rely on his remaining senses. They also teach him to be a master swordsman (hence the title Blind Fury).

Fast forward 20 yrs, and Nick makes his way back home to the US. First thing he wants to do is look up his old buddy Frank from the war (who has no idea that Nick survived). What Nick finds though is Frank's ex-wife and his son,, who are attacked by dangerous men to whom Frank is in great debt. Will Nick be able to help his old friend out of the mess he's gotten into?

Great action movie from late 80s. At least a 6.4 rating, if not more.
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A deliberately dumb B movie minor classic.
oneguyrambling28 December 2011
Blind Fury is at once implausible, illogical and often ridiculous, but it is also frequently hilarious and totally far fetched and cheesy – but in the right way somehow.

Hauer plays Nick, and ex-Vietnam vet who lost his sight in combat and now 20 years later he is back in the US *Ahem* looking up an old war buddy named Frank Deveraux.

Now being – as he puts it – blind as a bat, Nick relies on his other senses which have become finely tuned over the years to compensate. He gets about unaided by anything other than a wooden stick and his instincts, though in the early scenes we are already aware that after his initial accident he was taken in and recovered in the care of Vietnamese villages, some of whom gave him special skills.

The movie is not above dragging out all the lazy blind jokes, he pats a crocodile and says 'nice doggie' and is fed a hard pebble in lieu of candy as prime examples, but Nick can also 'see' using his other senses, enabling him to be aware of his personal space and things and people moving about him.

Back to the war buddy, Nick discovers that Frank has become embroiled against his will in a corrupt crime syndicate in Las Vegas and is being held captive and forced to make a new superdrug that will soon be unleashed.

After some general unpleasantness Nick is left with his friend's boy Billy in his care, and the two set off across country to find Frank and reunite him with his boy.

Along the journey Billy is initially quite unruly, not realizing that has happened to his Mum (hint: it wasn't nice) and not yet knowing who the new blind guy is, Billy is a somewhat reluctant travelling companion. This changes after a cool action setpiece where Nick takes on several armed hillbillies in a cornfield, dispatching all.

The remainder of the film has the unlikely duo progressing ever closer to Las Vegas where scads of heavily armed and trash talking hard men await. Surely more than a match for a 10 year old boy and a sightless guy with a stick? I mean right? The film has its share of car chases and Three Stoogery, and the second half of the film has Nick and his stick (which you can tell from the cover isn't realllly a cane) cutting a swathe through various buff, ornery henchmen and in true video game fashion, various level bosses. Nick's swordsmanship is more flourish and flair than intricate highly skilled moves, but the action scenes move quickly enough to ignore the lack of quick hands, and before you can dissect the previous scene someone is cracking the next joke to bring you back to the film.

Blind Fury runs a neat 80 minutes, most of which is spent padding time until the next action sequence, so the bad guys are straight up redneck caricatures. In fact the meanest bad guy of all – cigar chomping MacReady – is essentially Yosemite Sam without the hat.

Yet with all the obvious short cuts taken and the insane elements Blind Fury is more comedy than action film, but it works well on both levels. The strength of the film is that it doesn't take itself too seriously, leading the charge here is Hauer himself. Being the 'blind guy' means all the visually impaired jokes are at his expense, and even when he has the upper hand and gets to spit a put-down or one liner it is done totally straight faced and without relish or theatrics, often the funniest lines are delivered deadpan. And where the action is concerned like many of the best B flicks it is reminiscent of a classic A Team episode, only with more violence and swearing.

It is cheesy, far fetched and the one scene where they unleash the special effects has aged about as well as Sharon Stone, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Final Rating – 8 / 10. Blind Fury was the coolest little film going around when I was 15, and 20-some years later it remains a thoroughly enjoyable guilty pleasure.
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