The Furies Reviews

  • Sep 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.

    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.

  • Nov 28, 2014

    a very good western movie

    a very good western movie

  • Aug 01, 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.

    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.

  • Apr 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".

    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".

  • Apr 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.

    "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.

  • Jan 07, 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.

    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.

  • Oct 03, 2011

    Yes, this is the Western Sophocles would have written.

    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. à tambà (C)m um festival de citações absolutamente memoráveis, das quais destaco "If you stop telling people lies about me, Iâ(TM)ll stop telling them the truth about you❠e "You're in love with hate".

    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. à tambà (C)m um festival de citações absolutamente memoráveis, das quais destaco "If you stop telling people lies about me, Iâ(TM)ll stop telling them the truth about you❠e "You're in love with hate".

  • Dec 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.

    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.

  • Sep 03, 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.

    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.