Fury

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Overview

Fritz Lang's first American film is a vigorous and perceptive indictment of mob law, starring Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sidney. Katherine Sidney leaves her boyfriend, Joe Wilson Tracy, behind in their Midwestern hometown when she takes a job in another city. Joe is a decent, hard-working soul, who wants to save up to buy a gas station and looks forward to the future when he and Katherine can get married. A year later, Joe is traveling to meet Katherine so that they can be married. Driving through a small town, Joe...
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Overview

Fritz Lang's first American film is a vigorous and perceptive indictment of mob law, starring Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sidney. Katherine Sidney leaves her boyfriend, Joe Wilson Tracy, behind in their Midwestern hometown when she takes a job in another city. Joe is a decent, hard-working soul, who wants to save up to buy a gas station and looks forward to the future when he and Katherine can get married. A year later, Joe is traveling to meet Katherine so that they can be married. Driving through a small town, Joe is stopped by a deputy sheriff waving a shotgun. Apparently there has been a kidnapping, and the fact that Joe has peanuts in his pocket circumstantially incriminates him in the crime. Joe is arrested and jailed. As Joe sits in his jail cell, the local townspeople begin to talk and whisper and spread rumors. Finally, a lynch mob forms and heads toward the jail. The mob tries to storm the jail and frustrated over their inability to penetrate the prison walls, they set the jail on fire. Joe barely manages to escape "I could smell myself burning", but the mob thinks that Joe has been burned to death. Behind the scenes, and with the help of his brothers, Joe tries to rig the verdict in the impending trial of the 22 vigilantes.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Not long after he fled Nazi Germany rather than produce films for Hitler, Fritz Lang made his American debut with this powerful drama that it made clear that mob violence was not confined to his homeland. At a time when lynching was still a grim fact of life in America, Fury tackled this social evil head-on; even if MGM seems overly cautious in making both the mob and their victim white, the film's unflinching willingness to look dead-on at the ugly side of the American character is as impressive (and troubling) today as it was in 1936. Spencer Tracy delivers a typically strong "everyman" performance as the wrongfully accused Joe Wilson, and he doesn't shrink from Joe's less pleasant side in the second and third act, while Sylvia Sidney is genuinely affecting as his tormented fiancée. As Kirby and a band of local rabble trap Joe in his jail cell and then set the building alight, Lang takes the average folks of the American heartland, the sort of people that Frank Capra's populist visions were made of, and shows that a gruesome thread of hatred can be found inside them, waiting for the opportunity to come out. Sadly, this message may remain as pertinent today as it was when Fury first hit screens.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 027616096036
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Joe Wilson
Sylvia Sidney Katherine Grant
Walter Abel District Attorney
Bruce Cabot Kirby Dawson
Edward Ellis Sheriff Hummel
Walter Brennan "Buggs" Meyers
Frank Albertson Charlie Wilson
Herbert Ashley Oscar
Harvey Clark Pippen
Ted Offenbecker Defendant
Albert Taylor Old Man
Tommy Tomlinson Reporter
George Walcott Tom Wilson
Arthur Stone Durkin
Morgan Wallace Fred Garrett
George Chandler Milt Jackson
Roger Gray Stranger
Edwin Maxwell Vickery
Howard Hickman Governor
Jonathan Hale Defense Attorney
Leila Bennett Edna Hooper
Esther Dale Mrs. Whipple
Helen Flint Franchette
Ben Hall Goofy
Edward J. Le Saint Doctor
Murdock MacQuarrie Dawson's Friend
Janet Young Woman
Mira McKinney Woman
Mary Foy Woman
Edna M. Harris Woman
Edwin J. Brady Dawson's Friend
James Quinn Dawson's Friend
Frank Mills Dawson's Friend
Frank Sully Dynamiter
Dutch Hendrian Miner
Ray Brown Farmer
Guy Usher Assistant Defense Attorney
Nora Cecil Albert's Mother
Tom Mahoney Bailiff
Frederick Burton Judge Hopkins
Sherry Hall Court Clerk
Jack Daley Factory Foreman
Duke York Taxi Driver
Charles Coleman Innkeeper
Will Stanton Drunk
Esther Muir Girl in Nightclub
Bert Roach Waiter
Raymond Hatton Hector
Victor Potel Jorgeson
Clara Blandick Judge's Wife
Erville Alderson Plumber
Harry Hayden Lockup Keeper
Si Jenks Uncle Billy
Christian Rub Ahem
Carl Stockdale Hardware Man
Alexander Cross Guard
Arthur Hoyt Grouch
Ward Bond Objector
Franklin Parker Man
Wally Maher Man
Huey White Man
Clarence Kolb Pippen/ Burgermeister
Gertrude Sutton Mrs. Tuttle
Minerva Urecal Bessie
Daniel L. Haynes Taxi Driver
Sam Hayes Announcer
Eddie Quillan Peanut Vendor
Al Herman Dawson's Friend
George Offerman Defendant
Robert E. Homans Guard
Sid Saylor Baggage Clerk
Ralph Bushman Young Teacher
Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director, Screenwriter
Bartlett Cormack Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
William Horning Art Director
Horace Hough Asst. Director
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Frank Sullivan Editor
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A pure masterpiece

    Fritz Lang was a genius and this movie is a pure masterpiece. I hope some day a producer will go for the challenge and shoot a new version of "Fury", a modern tale of that classical story. Can't wait to see what it would be like with, let's say, Di Caprio or Bloom or Clooney in the role of Spencer Tracy.

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