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      The Furies

      Released Aug 16, 1950 1h 49m Western List
      92% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 80% Audience Score 500+ Ratings T.C. Jeffords (Walter Huston) rules his sprawling New Mexico ranch with an iron fist. But his authority doesn't extend to his strong-willed daughter, Vance (Barbara Stanwyck), who both hates and loves her father with equal ferocity. Tensions rise when Vance falls for bad boy Rip Darrow (Wendell Corey), whom T.C. buys off. But the family conflict turns violent when T.C. decides to marry Flo Burnett (Judith Anderson) -- and evict Vance's childhood friend Juan (Gilbert Roland) from his land. Read More Read Less

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      Richard Brody New Yorker The movie's jarring violence pales beside the clashes of egos and the disputes between new banking interests and age-old claims on the land. Aug 27, 2018 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film It’s a family drama that takes on symptoms of Shakespeare, Freud, and Dostoevsky as Stanwyck engineered to be hard-headed as her father, has to rebel from his iron-fisted ways to seek what is hers. Mar 6, 2023 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Mann executes it with rich narrative economy to narrate a story of financial crises, parental wounds and territorial conflicts, with two compelling performances from Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston. Full review in Spanish Rated: 7/10 Feb 5, 2022 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row A fascinating entry in the Western genre; flawed, powerful, and haunting, a meditation on the all-encompassing corruption of capitalism that, in perhaps the most American fashion, ends up paying tribute to the very figures it set out to condemn. Rated: 3.5/4 May 14, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Hardly a formulaic Western. Rated: 3/4 May 8, 2021 Full Review Aaron Neuwirth We Live Entertainment The Furies is driven by emotional drama, vulnerable characters, and noir-ish sensibilities that play against archetypal western elements. Rated: 4/5 Apr 28, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Starts out a bit slow but really solid by the end. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/22/23 Full Review Audience Member There are certainly treats to be found in this uniquely conceived Western, including strong performances from the lead actors and a few interesting reversals, however the film fails to entice and sustain one's attention on the whole. While there isn't a lack of dramatic tension inherent in the film's plot developments or character dynamics, perhaps the sense of inertia that so burdens the film derives from a glaring absence of deeper purpose. The film exists merely as a heightened study of filial conflict when it seems to be promising something more, and we miss the broader commentary on the human condition that we sense may be dwelling somewhere within this potent and complex material. All things aside, the film does offer up an opportunity to enjoy Walter Huston at his wily best, which is itself an experience to be treasured. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review s r It seems like this was to pace the way for other western epics. Ultimately, it was nothing special and I prolly won't see it again. Watched on Epix. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting that one of these critics calls this Mann's masterpiece. I think it's great too, easily surpassing the hackneyed conventions of most Westerns. The most interesting feature is to see a woman as the central character and she has to both fight her corner in a mans world and still do all the romance stuff too. I also like the way the characters are drawn and the dialogue. Plus a mention for the cinematography and lighting. It's rare to see a film where these are done well and the film isn't up to much. It's a bit like going to a pub where the beer is kept well; you know the food will be good too. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member A rather dull western entry by Anthony Mann. The melodramatic plot concerns a lot of inconsistent personalities and their relationships in regard to taking control of a large ranch. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Chris L Even for a modern audience, this would offer enough surprises and peculiar subtext to remain consistently fascinating. The story is engrossing and unpredictable and all the main leads are incredibly compelling, with Stanwyck's strong, somewhat androgynous performance grounding everything. At times it's funny, other moments are menacing and bizarrely sexual. It's all quite amazing considering it was released in 1950. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/23/16 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis T.C. Jeffords (Walter Huston) rules his sprawling New Mexico ranch with an iron fist. But his authority doesn't extend to his strong-willed daughter, Vance (Barbara Stanwyck), who both hates and loves her father with equal ferocity. Tensions rise when Vance falls for bad boy Rip Darrow (Wendell Corey), whom T.C. buys off. But the family conflict turns violent when T.C. decides to marry Flo Burnett (Judith Anderson) -- and evict Vance's childhood friend Juan (Gilbert Roland) from his land.
      Director
      Anthony Mann
      Producer
      Hal B. Wallis
      Screenwriter
      Niven Busch, Charles Schnee
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 16, 1950, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 49m
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