Fury

1936

Fury

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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.

Cast

Spencer Tracy
as Joe Wheeler
Sylvia Sidney
as Katherine Grant
Bruce Cabot
as Bubbles Dawson
Edward Ellis
as Sheriff
Walter Brennan
as Buggs Meyers
Morgan Wallace
as Fred Garrett
Ted Offenbecker
as Defendant
Roger Gray
as Stranger
Jonathan Hale
as Defense Attorney
Leila Bennett
as Edna Hooper
Esther Dale
as Mrs. Whipple
Helen Flint
as Franchette
Everett Sullivan
as New Deputy
Murdock MacQuarrie
as Dawson's Friend
Ben Hall
as Goofy
Mary Foy
as Woman
Ed Brady
as Dawson's Friend
James Quinn
as Dawson's Friend
Al Herman
as Dawson's Friend
Frank Mills
as Dawson's Friend
Frank Sully
as Dynamiter
Guy Usher
as Assistant DA
Nora Cecil
as Albert's Mother
Frederick Burton
as Judge Hopkins
Tom Mahoney
as Bailiff
Sherry Hall
as Court Clerk
Jack Daley
as Factory Foreman
Duke York
as Taxi Driver
Charles Coleman
as Innkeeper
Esther Muir
as Girl in Nightclub
Bert Roach
as Waiter
Victor Potel
as Jorgeson
Clara Blandick
as Judge's Wife
Harry Hayden
as Lockup Keeper
Si Jenks
as Hillbilly
Carl Stockdale
as Hardware Man
Elsa Newell
as Hot Dog Stand Owner
Ward Bond
as Objector
Eddie Quillan
as Peanut Vendor
Gertrude Sutton
as Mrs. Tuttle
George Offerman
as Defendant
Daniel L. Haynes
as Taxi Driver
Sam Hayes
as Announcer
Syd Saylor
as Baggage Clerk
Clarence Kolb
as Burgermeister
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Audience Reviews for Fury

  • Nov 26, 2019
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    I loved this movie, Tracy is an innocent man fighting for his life, and everyone wants to kill him! It's so exciting and suspenseful. A must see.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2010
    Good movie spoiled by a lousy ending
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2009
    A grim tale of a man searching for vengeance after being unrightfully lynched by a small-town American mob. Firtz Lang's handwriting can be spotted all over the move, moral ambiguity, the disgusting animal that is the nameless common man, burlesque characters and a very bold, figurative direction. Spencer Tracy opens up during the latter half of the movie, when he finally turns into an avenging broken man. The rest of the cast is solid and believable. The story is not the key of the picture, but the questions of justice, right and wrong, self-righteousness and so forth and here, Fritz Lang shows that the was a pioneer of avant-garde movie making, preparing the way for such emblematic masters of ambiguity such as Lars von Trier.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer

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