- Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, with Audio Interview Excerpts of Director Fritz Lang
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 10, 2005
- Originally Released: 1936
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I got you a little mementum."
- Joe to Katherine, as he gives her a present before she leaves town
"Boys, keep out of this. There's no positive proof that the man you want to 'talk to' is guilty. Or innocent either... but whichever he is, he's under the protection of the law. As long as I stand here, you can yell yourselves hoarse, but you won't see this man."
- Sheriff, standing down the angry mob
"You know where I've been all day' In a movie... watching a newsreel... of myself getting burned alive. I watched it ten times or twenty maybe, over and over again, I don't know how much. The place was packed. They like it. They get a big kick out of seeing a man burn to death, a big kick..."
- Joe to his brothers, after he's escaped from the burning jailhouse
"That must have been some sensation when that woman collapsed, huh' They could stand seein' me burn to death, all right, but they can't stand a good honest trial."
- Joe to his brothers
USA Today - 11/01/1991
"...Still potent, arguably Lang's U.S. best..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Joe Wilson, a wrongly jailed man thought to have died in a blaze started by a bloodthirsty lynch mob, is somehow alive. And dead to all he ever stood for and perhaps ever will be. Because Joe aims to ensure his would-be executioners meet the fate Joe miraculously escaped. Spencer Tracy is Joe, Sylvia Sidney is his bride-to-be and Fury lives up to its volatile name with its searing indictment of mob justice and lynching. In his first American film, director Fritz Lang (Metropolis, The Big Heat) combines a passion for justice and a sharp visual style into a landmark of social-conscience filmmaking.
In Fritz Lang's first American film, a young engaged couple, Joe (Spencer Tracey) and Katherine (Sylvia Sydney), are saying a sad good bye, parting for as long as it will take them to save up enough money to start a life together. Eventually the day arrives when the two are to be reunited, but en-route to see Katherine, Joe is picked up by an ornery police officer in search of a kidnapper. Among bizarre extenuating circumstances and circumstantial evidence, all signs point to Joe as the culprit, and he is immediately taken to jail. The news of the kidnapper's capture spreads quickly through town, and soon an angry mob gathers outside the jail. The mob quickly becomes violent and burns down the jail with Joe apparently inside. Shortly thereafter, the real kidnapper is captured, and the local citizens fall under the scrutiny of the law, which accuses them of Joe's murder. Lang's favorite themes-- media and the masses--come to play as the film follows the strange story to its unusual and astonishing conclusion. Stunning visuals and a crisp narrative combine to create an aura of paranoia and madness, as each character is forced to confront his own morality.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Film adaptation of Norman Krasna's "Mob Rule". Young lovebirds Joe Wilson and Katherine Grant want to get married, but don't have the money. Katherine moves to another city where she can make more money.
Essential Cinema |
Film Noir |
Small Towns |
- Theatrical release: June 5, 1936.
- FURY was filmed at the MGM studios in Hollywood, California in 1936.
- FURY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995.