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January 28, 2017
great Stanwyck, familiar triangle with new twists.
½ September 23, 2016
Even for a modern audience, this would offer enough surprises and peculiar subtext to remain consistently fascinating. The story is engrossing and unpredictable and all the main leads are incredibly compelling, with Stanwyck's strong, somewhat androgynous performance grounding everything. At times it's funny, other moments are menacing and bizarrely sexual. It's all quite amazing considering it was released in 1950.
½ November 28, 2014
a very good western movie
½ August 1, 2013
An incendiary drama set smack in the morally and geographically arid wasteland called The Furies, a righteous name full of mythological insinuation. The cinematography is stark, immediate black-and-white, every shot a beautiful tapestry. The performances are electric, especially by Walter Huston who, like in The Treasure of the Sierra, is explosively expressive and charismatically demanding.
April 27, 2013
The Furies was a strange trip. It's an anomaly as Western's go and so will likely throw viewers expecting something a bit more rough-shod for a loop. Walter Huston's character is a compelling one as is his tough and street-smarth (not without her sensitive side) daughter played by Barbara Stanwyck. The show in this case is the unnerving and complex nature of this father/daughter relationship. Freudians would have a field day with it. But it is fascinating how we see the relationship, fraught with its passionate concessions and later jealousies evolve. Huston is over-the-top but pulls off his character's affable oaf and cunning devil dichotomy with ease. Stanwyck is almost equal to the task with her no-nonsense steeliness as a front to her romantic dreams (and naivete). Great character study and development. The story is not an unfamiliar one but Mann does a decent job airing this story out. I didn't rank it higher because the film, while watchable, is not great or even "very good".
½ April 29, 2012
"I hope you can chew what you just bit off." Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston battle it out as father and daughter in this hotbed Western melodrama. Anthony Mann's The Furies is one of those special films where all the players are vile beasts to one another and as each back is stabbed (or face scissored) there is great delight in their wretched and ultimately deadly antics. As usual, Stanwyck spits hate better than most and Huston has a brilliant swagger to his a-hole patriarch. When the credits role I dare you to be pleased with either demon. VF.
January 7, 2012
The Furies features fine performances from Barbara Stanwyck and the legendary Walter Huston in his final role. The film gets melodramatic at times, especially in the moments between Stanwyck and Anderson, and the musical score is a bit too overbearing. Anthony Mann does a fine job directing this small western but it lacks the cinematic breadth of his later epics.
October 3, 2011
Yes, this is the Western Sophocles would have written.
May 25, 2011
Western meio-esquecido consegue sempre encontrar as melhores soluções para sustentar um confronto entre sexos e gerações. Tem tudo no sítio e um showdown que merece por si só meia-estrelinha. tamb (C)m um festival de citações absolutamente memoráveis, das quais destaco "If you stop telling people lies about me, I(TM)ll stop telling them the truth about you? e "You're in love with hate".
December 22, 2010
Well crafted but overwrought western. A strength of director Anthony Mann's films is usually that they avoid the soapy melodrama that runs throughout this film. Still, Mann knows how to stage an action scene and develop well rounded characters. And Stanwick is her usual excellent self. Worth watching, but a lesser of Mann's many fine films.
October 17, 2010
Barbara Stanwyck's star shines bright as desert daylight in this 1950 B&W Western, now Criterion resto-discovery.

Stanwyck's the incredibly strong-willed woman that rides herd rough-shod over the family's 1870ish sprawling New Mexico cattle ranch - as well as running her own father (Huston) through an incestuous relationship (veiled just enough to rattlesnake past mid-Century censors) built upon his eerie pining for his dead wife.

Meanwhile, Stanwyck has to corral Huston's gold-digging suitor (Anderson) to keep Daddy well roped. On the side, Stanwyck's romping with her childhood sweetheart, the leader of the ranch's Mexican squatters/rustlers (also implied, due to its untimely racial content) who are positioning for clear gunshot at Huston.

And Stanwyck's also wooing the dapper saloon-owner (Corey) who's scheming to steal away the ranch for his own - and who happens to be the only man who can turn Stanwyck into a whimpering, submissive school-girl with a mere rap across the face - or so it seems.

All Stanwyck's juggling and scheming is toward ensuring the family keeps tight rein over the future that Dad once carved for them out of the scrub-brush.

Taken together, it's as much Shakespearean tempest as celluloid can likely hold - and more than enough to fill an entire volume of Freudian analysis. Sourced from a 1948 Niven Busch novel, visionary in its casting of a strong female protagonist within a Western.

Stanwyck's stellar dramatic performance - and all the suspenseful twists surrounding who's going to catch lead and who's going to get the deed to the ranch - add up to a solid, smart, top-tier Western only now finding its due, thanks to the efforts of Criterion. Naturally, Criterion has stuffed the disc full with extras.

RECOMMENDATION: Worthy viewing.
½ September 3, 2010
As a western story, 'The Furies' is pretty standard. What makes the film truly work are the confident performances from the actors and the crisp and razor sharp dialogue.
July 30, 2010
This film is just a treat. Walter Huston is a bat shit crazy rancher living it up in the twilight of his life. Stanwyck is his bat shit crazy daughter who wants to run the ranch hey way. Wendell Corey is a bat shit crazy gambler bent on revenge against Huston, but he and Stanwyck are in love. Judith Anderson is the bat shit crazy greedy new wife of Huston who wants his money and ranch. You put all of this together you have one really entertaing western from Anthony Mann. The story is really good, but the performances are what makes this movie run. This was Huston's last film and he goes out with a bang. This may be one of my favorite Stanwyck roles and that's saying a lot. Corey and Anderson also give amazing performances. I highly recommend this film, it's impossible not to have a good time.
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July 30, 2010
This film is just a treat. Walter Huston is a bat shit crazy rancher living it up in the twilight of his life. Stanwyck is his bat shit crazy daughter who wants to run the ranch hey way. Wendell Corey is a bat shit crazy gambler bent on revenge against Huston, but he and Stanwyck are in love. Judith Anderson is the bat shit crazy greedy new wife of Huston who wants his money and ranch. You put all of this together you have one really entertaing western from Anthony Mann. The story is really good, but the performances are what makes this movie run. This was Huston's last film and he goes out with a bang. This may be one of my favorite Stanwyck roles and that's saying a lot. Corey and Anderson also give amazing performances. I highly recommend this film, it's impossible not to have a good time.
December 21, 2009
A bizarre film that wants us to sympathize with a gruesome, repulsive cast of characters. I imagine it's rather like an Ayn Rand novel, only much more spirited, much livelier.
December 12, 2009
A classic, timeless Western melodrama. Despite the bravura style of acting, the characters are deep and compelling. Each line of dialogue is impeccably crafted yet delivered entirely off-the-cuff, almost in a noir style. Barbara Stanwyck is inspiring as the tough-as-nails ranch daughter, and Walter Huston infectiously channels the soul of a self-declared larger than life cattle baron. Proof positive that a Western could maturely explore complex issues, even in the 1950s.
September 25, 2009
The term Hitchcockian gets thrown around a little too freely, but I think it applies here. Not because the film is suspenseful (though it is, at a few points) but because of the way it handles psychological issues. Stanwyck is terrific as a woman with a hell of an Electra complex, and the movie hints at incestuous undertones with her father. There's a lot of darkness to the story, although it backs away from that at the end which makes the conclusion a bit unsatisfying. Still excellent, though.
September 2, 2009
Well, it started off great and I do love Barbara Stanwyck in her strongest roles but ugh, that Darrow jackass just had to put her in her place. It would have been better if she had ended up with Juan but we wouldn't want to offend the oh-so-ignorant white folks back then with an interracial relationship, now would we? And they had to kill him? And they try to glorify T.C., the greedy and selfish villain, by the end of the film? Uh, no thanks.
August 2, 2009
There is no one like the incomparable Barbara Stanwyck, she commands the screen. Following close behind are Walter Huston and Judith Anderson. A mesmerizing film! Terrific cinematography and directed to the hilt by Anthony Mann.
July 16, 2009
The Furies features fine performances from Barbara Stanwyck and the legendary Walter Huston in his final role. The film gets melodramatic at times, especially in the moments between Stanwyck and Anderson, and the musical score is a bit too overbearing. Anthony Mann does a fine job directing this small western but it lacks the cinematic breadth of his later epics.
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