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The Furies

The Criterion Collection


4.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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A cattle baron's daughter vows to ruin his ranch and gets a shady banker to help her do it.

Seconds into Anthony Mann's hardboiled horse opera, Barbara Stanwyck absent-mindedly plays with a pair of scissors. Not to worry: she'll put them to use soon enough. Until that time, Stanwyck's volatile heiress, Vance, alternately flatters and manipulates her egotistical father, T.C. Jeffords (a feisty Walter Huston in his final performance). It's the 1870s and T.C.'s ranch, the Furies, inspires envy throughout the New Mexico territory. If Vance picks a suitable husband, T.C. promises her a handsome dowry. Unfortunately, she chooses brutal gambler Rip Darrow (Rear Window's Wendell Corey). If it wasn't for Vance's friendship with Mexican-American squatter Juan (Gilbert Roland), she wouldn't inspire much sympathy, but Vance stands up for the Herreras when financiers pressure the Jeffords to throw them off their land. Then, T.C. takes up with scheming socialite Flo (Rebecca's Dame Judith Anderson), and the tense relations between father and daughter explode into all-out war. By the end, those scissors end up in someone's face, leading to a cycle of revenge-oriented violence. Adapted from Niven Busch's novel by Red River's Charles Schnee, The Furies isn't as deliriously over-the-top as Busch's Duel in the Sun, but it plays more like Shakespearean tragedy than Technicolor camp, and Stanwyck owns the screen from start to finish. The excellent extras include erudite commentary from film historian Jim Kitses, a terrific 1967 interview with Mann for British TV, a playful 1931 chat with Huston, remembrances from Mann's daughter Nina, an essay from critic Robin Wood, and a new printing of Busch's original novel. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special features

  • New, restored digital transfer
  • Audio commentary
  • A rare 1931 on-camera interview with Walter Huston, made for the movie theater series "Intimate Interviews"
  • New video made with Nina Mann, daughter of director
  • Stills gallery
  • Booklet featuring a new essay by critic Robin Wood and a 1957 "Cahiers du cinema" interview

Product details

  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Wendell Corey, Gilbert Roland
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0016AKSP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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