The Furies

The Furies

DVD - 2008
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In 1870s New Mexico Territory, megalomaniacal widowed ranch owner T.C. Jeffords butts heads with his daughter, Vance, a firebrand with serious daddy issues, over her dowry, choice of husband, and finally, ownership of the land itself.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.?] : Criterion Collection, c2008.
ISBN: 9781604650440
1604650443
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE WESTERN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jan 05, 2017

VERY GOOD 1950 Hal Wallis film set in 1870's New Mexico Territory - interesting view on south western American history and interaction between land grabbing Americans, Mexican residents, and more...
I hadn't previously heard of this somewhat obscure film - the frontier settlement aspects were more interesting to me than the familial father/daughter conflict, but I'm glad I've now seen it.

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TravissT
Dec 08, 2016

FIVE STARS! A Western for people who love cinema, rather than 'flicks.' The difference? Cinema's not afraid to probe the dark side of the life. Actually, the Furies is more than a Western--more akin to Greek Tragedy, the setting providing the perfect template for Mann to explore his grand themes. Larger-than-life performances by Huston and Stanwyck highlite sensational work by all involved--a stellar cast, superb writing, and sublime locations and photography. Hard to believe Mann made two or three other films in 1950-- the Furies is so meticulously crafted, you'd think it would've taken much longer to make. Like many other great films with dark themes, it was shunned by the general public, but for anyone interested in great cinema-- the Western-as-art-film--the Furies is a must-see, especially the wonderful Criterion edition!

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eusebius
Oct 01, 2016

I like one of the previous comments: my sister, my daughter (Chinatown). Yes there are hints of incest in TC and Vance's relationship (his request to massage his sixth lumbar vertebra), and Vance has more than a few issues with her femininity that Corey's banker can't straighten out, but this is a very entertaining picture. Gilbert Roland as the Mexican leader does great work.

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ManMachine
Dec 02, 2014

Barbara Stanwyck here... Barbara Stanwyck there... Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Stanwyck everywhere.... (Sheesh!)

I honestly can't say that I've ever been very impressed with Barbara Stanwyck as an actress. But, after having to put up with her here (as the Vance Jeffords character) as she completely dominated this 1950 Western (and dragged it down to the level of being a snivelling, petty Chick Flick), I now loathe her with an undying passion like no other.

Personally, I think that director Anthony Mann made a monumental error by allowing Stanwyck's spoilt, vain, rich-girl character to completely take control of The Furies' story.

With its excellent location shooting and A-1 camera-work, this Western certainly had a lot of potential to be a really first-rate tale, focusing in on T.C. Jeffords (Vance's father), an arrogant, demanding cattle baron.

Set in New Mexico (in the 1870s) - Instead of The Furies being a rough and tough Western yarn, it was all frills and lace with the two-faced, treacherous, spiteful Vance Jeffords forever appearing in one ridiculously expensive gown after another. (Talk about being a total clothes-horse!)

I'm certainly pleased and relieved to know that with all of the subsequent Westerns that Mann directed throughout the 1950s, he thankfully kept the tone of his pictures totally masculine and rugged, sans Barbara Stanwyck.

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Janice21383
Nov 28, 2011

Possibly the first ever western/film noir/comedy/tragedy/epic, based on ancient Greek mythology. Barbara Stanwyck has a special relationship with her father, Walter Huston. Before the situation becomes too my sister! my daughter!, sly Judith Anderson, and spooky Wendell Corey drop by to mix up the plot. Featuring a choice selection of character actors, from Beulah Bondi to Blanche Yurka.

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missy2
Sep 06, 2010

Stanwyck is too old for the role, the plot is something between a soap opera and kitsch, and Huston is wasted in this film. Cinematography is the best thing about this film. Do yourself a favour and watch one episode of "Big Valley" instead -- shorter and better.

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Janice21383
Dec 06, 2011

Snitty dance hall gal: I never did see what men see in the SKINNY ones.
Stanwyck: It's not what they see....

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Janice21383
Dec 06, 2011

Dance hall gal: I'm new in town!
Stanwyck: You wouldn't be new anywhere.

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