A man, Joe Wilson (played by Spencer Tracy), travels across state to meet his fiance/girlfriend, Katherine (played by Sylvia Sidney). Along the way he is mistaken for a kidnapper, arrested and held in the local jail. The local townspeople, through gossip and stupidity, then take it upon themselves to punish him, burning down the jail, with him in it. However...
The buildup to and execution of the lynching scene are brilliant. Famed director Fritz Lang builds the feeling of injustice and powerlessness on the part of the authorities and accused to do anything about it. By the time the scene occurs, the viewer's anger levels are sky-high. Very powerful storytelling by Lang.
At this point the movie was a damning indictment on mob mentality. Politicians, shown pandering to the media and thinking about elections rather than the safety of their citizens, don't come off looking too good either.
So far, so good - very true to life.
However, the remainder of the movie, while still good, was not as convincing, focused or powerful. What follows feels a bit contrived, and even makes the victim into the villain. The ending was more about sentimentality than profundity and was a bit unsatisfying.
Overall, a good movie, but could have been a masterpiece.
A man on his way to see his fiancée is driving through the Midwest on his way to propose to her when he is mistaken for a mafia boss and arrested by the police. He is held in a jail which is viciously attacked by the locals that want to lynch him. The locals set the jail on fire in desperation of getting at the innocent man and all hell breaks loss for everyone.
"I could smell myself burn."
Fritz Lang, director of M, Metropolis, Harakiri, Destiny, You Only Live Once, Western Union, House by the River, and The Woman in the Window, delivers Fury. The storyline for this picture is well written and fairly intricate. The acting was very good and the cast includes Spencer Tracy, Sylvia Sidney, Walter Abel, Walter Brennan, and Bruce Cabot.
"In this country people don't land in jail unless you're guilty."
I came across this picture on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this past month and had to DVR it. I am a Spencer Tracy fan and he was very solid in this movie. This wasn't my favorite film of his, but he was a very clever and unique character. This is a classic movie worth a viewing.
"An impulse is an impulse, it's like an itch, you have to scratch it."