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Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston give standout performances in this dark, psychological western, which Martin Scorsese has compared to the work of Dostoevsky. T.C. Jeffords Huston is a cunning and highly successful ranch owner who has announced his engagement to a wealthy socialite, Flo Burnett Judith Anderson. This news is not warmly received by his daughter Vance Stanwyck; she had a romance of her own with gambler Rip Darrow Wendell Corey foiled by her father, and Vance does not care for her light-headed ...
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Overview

Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston give standout performances in this dark, psychological western, which Martin Scorsese has compared to the work of Dostoevsky. T.C. Jeffords Huston is a cunning and highly successful ranch owner who has announced his engagement to a wealthy socialite, Flo Burnett Judith Anderson. This news is not warmly received by his daughter Vance Stanwyck; she had a romance of her own with gambler Rip Darrow Wendell Corey foiled by her father, and Vance does not care for her light-headed stepmother-to-be. Vance is driven into a violent rage by T.C.'s Machiavellian actions, and when he kills a good friend of Vance's a ranch hand he believes was helping Mexicans squat on his land, she swears revenge on her father and joins forces with Darrow to see that violent justice is done. The Furies proved to be Walter Huston's last film; he died within a few months of its release.
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Special Features

Audio commentary featuring film historian Jim Kitses (Horizons West); The Movies: "Action Speaks Louder than Words," a 1967 television interview with director Anthony Mann; A rare, 1931 on-camera interview with Walter Huston, made for the movie theater series Intimate Interviews; New video interview with Nina Mann, daughter of Anthony Mann; Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos; Theatrical trailer; Plus: a booklet featuring a new essay by renowned critic Robin Wood and a 1957 Cahiers du Cinéma interview with Mann, as well as a new printing of Niven Busch's original novel
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of so-called "Freudian" westerns will find a lot to enjoy in The Furies, although those who like their westerns more traditional will likely be a mite put off by it. Not that there isn't plenty of action in Furies; it's just that the psychological overtones of the piece take precedence over the shooting and the fighting. Modern audiences will probably find those psychological overtones a tad familiar, and it's true that it does come across as somewhat heavyhanded. Still, it's hard not to get caught up in the relentless nature of the film, which becomes more and more engrossing, even as one occasionally doubts that the obsessions of the characters would really be as deeply ingrained as they are made to be in Charles Schnee's screenplay. Fortunately, director Anthony Mann has no such doubts, nor does his excellent cast. All attack the material with a firm belief in it, and their commitment is more than enough to make up for the lapses in the writing. Barbara Stanwyck throws herself wholeheartedly into the part, and no one could bring as many shades and as much nuance to a single-minded character as this remarkable actress -- unless perhaps it is Walter Huston, who matches her inch for inch in Furies. Wendell Corey can't quite compete with these two, although weighed strictly on his own merits rather than in comparison he comes across as more than adequate. Even better is Judith Anderson, who combines a subtle approach with some appropriate histrionics to very good effect, and in smaller roles, Beulah Bondi and Blanche Yurka. Director Mann goes in for heavy atmosphere, aided by Victor Milner's evocative camerawork, and he knows exactly how to make the most of the theatrical sparks that his cast ignites.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • UPC: 715515030229
  • Original Release: 1950
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 732

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Vance Jeffords
Wendell Corey Rip Darrow
Walter Huston T.C. Jeffords
Judith Anderson Flo Burnett
Gilbert Roland Juan Herrera
Thomas Gomez El Tigre
Beulah Bondi Mrs. Anaheim
Albert Dekker Mr. Reynolds
John Bromfield Clay Jeffords
Wallace Ford Scotty Hyslip
Blanche Yurka Herrera's Mother
Louis Jean Heydt Bailey
Frank Ferguson Dr. Grieve
Charles Evans Old Anaheim
Craig Kelly Young Anaheim
Myrna Dell Dallas Hart
Rosemary Pettit Carol Ann
Georgia Clancy Wedding Guest
Lou Steele Aguirre Herrera
Pepe Hern Felix Herrera
Maria [Movita] Castaneda Chiquita
Jane Novak Bit
Arthur Hunnicutt Cowhand
Jim Davies Cowhand
Eddy Waller Old Man
Nolan Leary Drunk Guest
Sam Finn Dealer
Richard Kipling Bit Man
Joe Dominguez Wagon Driver
Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Francisco Day Asst. Director
Hans Dreier Production Designer
Bertram Granger Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Jennigns Special Effects
Archie Marshek Editor
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Schnee Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Furies
1. Kingdom [1:56]
2. Household [6:06]
3. Squatter's Trick [3:59]
4. Amicus Humani Generis [5:51]
5. Good Friends [3:01]
6. Open Invitation [4:58]
7. The Darrow Strip [3:50]
8. Misunderstanding [3:10]
9. Two Heads [3:29]
10. Taken [4:31]
11. Simplicity [3:13]
12. An Order [3:42]
13. Competition [3:50]
14. Wonderful Notion [3:13]
15. Restlessness [3:12]
16. A Soothing Life [6:59]
17. Word of the Eldest [12:42]
18. Bear Raid [5:28]
19. "Go Ahead" [1:50]
20. Control [8:25]
21. King of the Furies [5:33]
22. Same Kind [2:51]
23. Back to College [7:06]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Furies
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Commentary
      Off
      On
      Index
         Kingdom
         Household
         Squatter's Trick
         Amicus Humani Generis
         Good Friends
         Open Invitation
         The Darrow Strip
         Misunderstanding
         Two Heads
         Taken
         Simplicity
         An Order
         Competition
         Wonderful Notion
         Restlessness
         A Soothing Life
         Word of the Eldest
         Bear Raid
         "Go Ahead"
         Control
         King of the Furies
         Same Kind
         Back to College
         Color Bars
   Supplements
      "Action Speaks Louder Than Words"
         Play
      Intimate Interviews: "Walter Huston"
         Play
      Nina Mann Interview
         Play
      Theatrical Trailer
      Stills Gallery
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