Review: ‘The Fury’

The Fury features Kirk Douglas and John Cassavetes as adversaries in an elaborate game of mind control. Director Brian De Palma is on home ground in moving the plot pieces around effectively.

The Fury features Kirk Douglas and John Cassavetes as adversaries in an elaborate game of mind control. Director Brian De Palma is on home ground in moving the plot pieces around effectively.

John Farris adapted his novel for the screen. Most viewers will enjoy the razzle-dazzle of the lengthy pursuit by Douglas of son Andrew Stevens, kidnapped by Cassavetes because of his mystical powers. But apart from a few throwaway references to government agencies and psychic phenomena, there is never, anywhere, a coherent exposition of what all the running and jumping is about.

Strong cast also includes Carrie Snodgress as a staffer in Charles Durning’s research institute where Amy Irving (also blessed/cursed with psychic powers) is being readied as a substitute for Stevens. Seems that Stevens is freaking out, despite the attentions and care of Fiona Lewis, and he is targeted for elimination.

The Fury

Production

Yablans/20th Century-Fox. Director Brian De Palma; Producer Frank Yablans; Screenplay John Farris; Camera Richard H. Kline; Editor Paul Hirsch; Music John Williams; Art Director Bill Malley

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 117 MIN.

With

Kirk Douglas John Cassavetes Carrie Snodgress Charles Durning Amy Irving Fiona Lewis
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