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Fury [DVD] (1936) [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons for today as well as 1936 16 Jun. 2017
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Excellent film - has lessons for today as well as in 1936. Some key themes are:
- 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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying For Your Collection--But it's Not so Good 13 Jun. 2014
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I think I know why the first half of this film doesn't work--the reason film companies didn't give Lang another chance at large projects, leaving him to tinker with B-movies. He was out to puncture a U.S. conceit about Americans being homey, law-abiding folks like Lum and Abner or the Great Gildersleeve. In the 1920s (the decade just ended) 30-60 lynchings happened each year, most of them of black males. Lang knew it--iconoclast that he was--and meant to point to it as he had to German peccadilloes, although avoiding the racial element. Okay so far . . . but his mob's motivation for converging comes out of nowhere. After a short priming there is nearly instant hate, vigilantes more like zombies than real people. Perhaps the racial element needed to be there? Tracy's character is accused of kidnapping a child but the pathos of that is never stressed, so why the crowd is so instantly incensed stays a mystery. Nor is Tracy's characterization of someone totally overtaken by revenge believable. That's not Tracy's fault, it's Lang's. He never nailed it. Perhaps Fritz didn't have American character in focus yet. This was his first film in the States. Bruce Cabot as Kirby Dawson is obviously supposed to be an American "type," but it is not recognizable. Walter Brennan fares better as a loose-lipped deputy sheriff who likes attention. We've all seen those.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracy's No Father Flannagan in this one. 17 Aug. 2015
By Roger Mazzarella - Published on
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This is one the best 30's movies I have ever seen! The "fury" that Spencer Tracy brings to the role is absolutely excellent. The supporting cast is right on. I suppose what is terrible about the story is that it is very easy to see the string o events possible playing itself out in the 1930's. Tracy's plan for revenge is both understandable and worrisome as it gets near the end of the film and you wonder if he will see his plan all the way through. I highly recommend this film !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fury Is Beyond Excellent - It Is A Character Study on Mob Violence 16 Jun. 2016
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A fabulous Spencer Tracy performance...he is riveting in the role of a nice guy turned cynical and vindictive. Sylvia Sidney is just as good as Tracy is is his role. She plays the woman he plans to marry and their plans go awry when a case of mistaken identity and assumed evidence turned their lives into a living hell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spencer Tracy plays the sweet nice guy gone crazy mean very well 9 July 2015
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Well..Spencer Tracy plays the sweet nice guy gone crazy mean very well.Lynch mob being whipped up nuts is classic and sadly current...quite a few clever twists and turns keep this movie very interesting.
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