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      Fury

      1936 1h 30m Crime Drama List
      94% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 88% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Joe Wilson (Spencer Tracy) is an innocent man wrongly accused of a horrible crime while on his way to meet his fiancée, Katherine Grant (Sylvia Sidney). Held at a local jail, Joe is confronted by a frenzied mob and presumed dead after a massive fire. When his attackers aren't brought to justice, Joe, who narrowly escaped the blaze, resurfaces, intent on revenge. Katherine tries to dissuade him from carrying out his vengeful plan, but Joe's anger isn't easily dampened. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine Lang's first English language film seemed to anticipate the horrors at Abu Ghraib as far back as 1936. Rated: 4/4 May 11, 2005 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 4/5 Jan 30, 2003 Full Review James Baldwin The Devil Finds Work It is meant to be a study of mob violence, on which level it is indignant, sincere, and inept. May 1, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Whereas Lang's 1931 M was more ambiguous in its depiction of mob justice, this one clearly shows the dangers of vigilantism. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 13, 2021 Full Review Robert B. Phillips, Jr. Washington Star This gruesome but enthralling exploration is conducted with great skill and perception by Fritz Lang. Jun 10, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine A bitterly effective picture. Oct 11, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Frustrating for the right reasons but tough to watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/08/24 Full Review deke p 1936 !! FRITZ LANG directed! Great CAST! SPENCER TRACY!, WALTER BRENNAN! BRUCE CABOT (was King Kong Capt. Vigilante Mob attacks & burns jail! great ending. Saw on TV again, 3.10.2022. Note to self: watch some more, pay more attention to parts again. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Famed German director Fritz Lang's first American film, Fury, is loosely based on a story by Norman Krasna, "Mob Rule", which itself was based on the tale of California's last public lynching, in 1933, of Thomas Harold Thurmond and John M. Holmes, the kidnappers and murderers of Brooke Hart, the "son" in San Jose's L. Hart and Son Department Store. Fury is a fine exploration (although not an analysis) of the mentality of vengeance, whether from a mob, as in the first half of the film, or from an individual, as in the latter half. It is loaded with fine acting and an unusually constructed script by Lang and co-writer Bartlett Cormack, although it is not without flaws. Joe Wilson (Spencer Tracy) is deeply in love with Katherine Grant (Sylvia Sidney). Wilson lives in the Chicago area in a small apartment with his two brothers, Charlie (Frank Albertson) and Tom (George Walcott). Wilson wants to marry Grant, but they're short on money. Despite the relationship hardships it will entail, Grant returns to Texas to work--she'll be making good money there, while Wilson tries to improve his lot in Illinois. Wilson finally manages to buy a gas station with his brothers, and earns enough to buy a car and take a road trip, with his dog Rainbow in tow, to meet Grant so they can get married. When he's almost there, Wilson is suddenly stopped by a sheriff's deputy in the small town of Strand. They question him about a kidnapping. Two minor details make him more suspicious, and so they decide to hold him in the town jail while the D.A. looks into his background. Rumors makes their way around the town and things go horribly wrong, bringing us to mob mentality, lynchings and vengeance. Lynchings were an emerging social problem in the early 1930s. There were 60 known lynchings in the U.S. between 1930 and 1934. Beginning in 1934, the earliest of the "anti-lynching" bills was presented to the U.S. Congress, and that number grew to 140 different bills by 1940. The visual arts also voiced in on the issue--one museum held "An Art Commentary on Lynching" exhibition in 1934. So Fury was certainly pertinent to our culture at the time, and was one of many films to come, such as Mervyn LeRoy's They Won't Forget (1937) that centered on strong anti-lynching sentiments (believe it or not, there were also pro-lynching films, such as Cecil B. DeMille's This Day and Age, 1933). It's interesting to note that although lynching was primarily a "racial"-oriented phenomenon, Lang was not allowed to comment on that very much. There are a couple shots of blacks in the film, but they are extremely innocuous. Anything even more slightly controversial was excised at MGM's (and specifically Louis B. Mayer's) behest. Fury's structure is very unusual, contributing even more to its unpredictable, captivating nature. It begins as an almost bland romance while Lang sets up the characters and their slightly exaggerated innocence, turns into an interesting hardship film, briefly becomes a road movie, switches gears again when Wilson is arrested, and actually presents a profoundly impactful climax at the midway point--it seems as if the film could end there. The second half makes a major u-turn as what could be seen as an extended tag/dénouement becomes an in-depth courtroom drama that builds to a second climax. The second half allows Lang to explore the same vengeance mentality as the first half, except from an individual rather than the previous mob perspective. Although the second climax denotes a fine work of art on its own--there are some very moving performances and developments towards the end of the courtroom stuff, the star attraction is the gradually building mob material in the middle. What begins as an annoyance for Wilson turns into widespread tragedy as the rumor mill gears up and easygoing conformism rears its ugly head. Of course it is well known that Lang came to America to escape Nazi Germany, where he had been asked to act as Hitler's minister of film, so Fury, although sometimes criticized as a commercial film for Lang, certainly had personal poignancy for him. Lang shows rumors gradually distending in a game of "Telephone" with serious consequences, and inserts a humorous shot of chickens to symbolize "clucking women". He shows how easily a situation can go from those kinds of increasingly misreported claims to dangerous action due to conformism. Most folks are shown as all too eager to go along with the crowd and avoid local conflict. For a few moments, the mob mentality leads to a situation that presages John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). And overall, Fury is sometimes said to have anticipated film noir. However, despite some highly stylistic shots, such as the early, shimmering reflections of rain soaked windows on opposing walls, or the almost comically exaggerated action/reaction shots of the mob in full force (some of the more poignant material in the film), much of Fury's cinematography is more pedestrian. In his interview with Peter Bogdanovich that serves as the bulk of the DVD's "director's commentary", Lang states that he prefers simple, straightforward cinematography, to emphasize realism, or "truth". That may sound odd coming from the man who gave us Metropolis (1927), but at least for Fury, it is consistent. But this isn't a flawless film. A few dramatic transitions are awkward, including two very important ones--the initial "capture" of Wilson, which is fairly inexplicable, and the final scene of the film, which leaves a significant dangling thread. But the underlying concepts, the performances and more often than not the technical aspects of the film work extremely well, making Fury an important film to watch. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member "Fury" is Fritz Lang's fierce film about lynch mobs and how the best of us can turn into the worst of society. This was the director's first movie after arriving from Nazi Germany and clearly his life experience fueled his film's angry look at mob rule. The film's only flaw is a closing scene that Lang himself didn't want in his movie but was forced to include by the studio. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review kevin w Norman Krasna's story, about an innocent man burned alive by a whole town (those who actively participate in the act and those who lie to cover for them), simply poses the question: "what then, after sin has been exposed, after guilt - by all - has been established, for society to move forward, what then?" The director, Fritz Lang, freshly escaped from Nazi Germany, is up to the task of framing the question to adequately convey that this is no whimsical concern. And the players are all up for the game, particularly Spencer Tracy's vivid portrayal as the soul of vengeance, the wronged party. It is Sylvia Sidney though who has the hard work, delivering this hot plate of vomit's irrevocable resolution for our consumption. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Fury is one of those message pictures of social realism that Warner's did so well in the '30s. It's an amazing, frenzied portrait of the fragility of societal structure. It tackles mass psychology, mistaken identity, inchoate fear, and mob violence in a small town. It was Fritz Lang's first English language film, with Spencer Tracy in the lead. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Joe Wilson (Spencer Tracy) is an innocent man wrongly accused of a horrible crime while on his way to meet his fiancée, Katherine Grant (Sylvia Sidney). Held at a local jail, Joe is confronted by a frenzied mob and presumed dead after a massive fire. When his attackers aren't brought to justice, Joe, who narrowly escaped the blaze, resurfaces, intent on revenge. Katherine tries to dissuade him from carrying out his vengeful plan, but Joe's anger isn't easily dampened.
      Director
      Fritz Lang
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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