The Fury (1978 film)

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The Fury
The Fury (1978).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrian De Palma
Produced byFrank Yablans
Screenplay byJohn Farris
Based onThe Fury 
by John Farris
StarringKirk Douglas
John Cassavetes
Carrie Snodgress
Charles Durning
Amy Irving
Andrew Stevens
Rutanya Alda
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Editing byPaul Hirsch
StudioFrank Yablans Presentations
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • March 10, 1978 (1978-03-10)
Running time118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7.5 million[1]
Box office$24,000,000[2]
 
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The Fury
The Fury (1978).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrian De Palma
Produced byFrank Yablans
Screenplay byJohn Farris
Based onThe Fury 
by John Farris
StarringKirk Douglas
John Cassavetes
Carrie Snodgress
Charles Durning
Amy Irving
Andrew Stevens
Rutanya Alda
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Editing byPaul Hirsch
StudioFrank Yablans Presentations
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • March 10, 1978 (1978-03-10)
Running time118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7.5 million[1]
Box office$24,000,000[2]

The Fury is a 1978 supernatural thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. The film was written by John Farris, based on his novel of the same name. It starred Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Irving, Charles Durning and Andrew Stevens. The music was composed by Academy Award-winner John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. It was highly praised by critic Pauline Kael, who called it "as elegant and delicately varied a score as any horror film has ever had".

Plot[edit]

A teenage girl, Gillian Bellaver (Amy Irving), discovers that she possesses psychic powers, including telekinesis and extra-sensory perception, but that other people suffer bleeding if they touch her. She volunteers to attend the Paragon Institute, whose director, Dr. James McKeever (Charles Durning), works for a shady intelligence operative named Ben Childress (John Cassavetes). Childress has betrayed his friend Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) and is using Sandza's psychic son Robin (Andrew Stevens) for research into the weapons potential of psychics.

Peter, who survived Childress' set-up, is searching for his son. With help from Gillian and from his girlfriend Hester (Carrie Snodgress), who works at the clinic, he tracks Robin to Chicago, where Childress's ruthless experiments have damaged the young man's mind and rendered him a soulless psychopath. The boy and Peter both die within minutes of their reunion. As he dies, Robin has some form of psychic contact with Gillian. When Childress tries to persuade Gillian to accept his "help," she finally embraces her psychic abilities and, to avenge Peter's and Robin's deaths, kills him by exploding him from the inside out.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Parts of this feature were filmed at Old Chicago of Bolingbrook, Illinois, a now defunct amusement park. The scene in which Kirk Douglas escapes the agents at the hotel were filmed at the now defunct Plymouth Hotel, the same hotel and room used in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

In order to realistically show Cassavetes exploding at the climax like the 1977 film Black Sunday (also composed by John Williams), Cassavetes stood on the set convulsing and bleeding until a lamp fell down creating a split-second white flash on the screen. Then a quick edit is done replacing Cassavetes with a lifesized rigged dummy exploding shot at several different angles.[citation needed] In an interview with The Talks, De Palma said that he had 8 or 9 high-speed cameras to film Cassavetes exploding. "The first time we did it, it didn’t work. The body parts didn’t go towards the right cameras and this whole set was covered with blood. And it took us almost a week to get back to do take 2."[3]

Future stars[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p258
  2. ^ "The Fury, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Brian De Palma". The Talks. 

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