- Actors: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0007TKNHY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,608 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Fury [DVD] (1936) [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Director Fritz Lang (M; Metropolis; The Big Heat) made this, his first American film in 1936 and many critics regard it as his best American film. Sylvia Sidney (Dead End; You Only Live Once; Damien: Omen II; ; Beetlejuice)& Spencer Tracy (Test Pilot; Northwest Passage; Bad Day at Black Rock; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) star in this powerful thriller which still packs an emotional punch today. Joe Wilson (Tracy) was due to marry his fiancee Katherine Grant (Sidney) when mistaken for another man he is jailed and thought to have died in a jail fire started by a bloodthirsty lynch mob. However miraculously he didn't die and now filled with vengeance, he sets out to bring to his would be executioners the same brutal justice they tried to do to him. * Shockingly prior to this film's release in 1936 during the previous 49 years, some 6,000 people had become victims of lynch mobs in the U.S.
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- The single-mindedness of a mob; what happens when people don't stop and think for themselves and get caught up in the furor
- Politics over justice; when a leading politician is more concerned about getting re-elected than doing the right thing
- How an idealistic, righteous man can be pulled down into a terrible vengeance for deaths
How do we get here? Here's my synopsis - focusing on the first half:
Joe Wilson (Spencer Tracy) starts off as the idealist man during the depression. He wants to get married to Catherine (Sylvia Sidney) but they don't have the money where they live in Chicago. Catherine gets a job in a small town. Joe joins his brothers and buys a gas station. After about a year, they have enough money to reunite and marry. Joe leaves to drive to the small town but gets stopped on the way and charged with a crime on circumstantial evidence. The townspeople get so indignant that a mob forms and they take the law into their own hands and threaten to burn down the jail where Joe is held. The sheriff calls in the national guard, but a prominent politician stops it as politically infeasible. The jail burns. Joe is presumed dead; but managed to escape. Joe is so embittered that he enlists his brothers to try the key instigators in the town for murder (lynching). The remainder of the movie is the trial where 22 people in the town are tried for Joe's murder. At the end, Joe shows up and gives a patented Spencer Tracy monologue about his changed belief in justice and that people don't always behave in a civilized manner. .
Tracy's transformation from the ideal everyman to vengeance seeking manic is totally convincing. The monologue at the end is a precursor to later Tracy efforts such as State of the Union, Inherit the Wind or Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Tracy never overplays - just carefully and believably builds up until he explodes with rage.
There are parts that are certainly dated - but no reason to detract from 5 stars.
The film improves during its second half but fails to rise to its potential. Fury is like films done by other master directors--Whale's Old Dark House, for example: It has some fine moments but is disappointing overall.