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Blind Fury (1989)

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A blind Vietnam vet, trained as a swordfighter, comes to America and helps to rescue the son of a fellow soldier.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

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Ryôzô Kasahara (earlier screenplay), Charles Robert Carner (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Nick Parker
Terry O'Quinn ... Frank Devereaux (as Terrance O'Quinn)
Brandon Call ... Billy Devereaux
Noble Willingham ... MacCready
Lisa Blount ... Annie Winchester
Nick Cassavetes ... Lyle Pike
Rick Overton ... Tector Pike
Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Slag
Charles Cooper ... Cobb
Meg Foster ... Lynn Devereaux
Shô Kosugi ... The Assassin (as Sho Kosugi)
Paul James Vasquez ... Gang Leader
Julia Gonzalez Julia Gonzalez ... Latin Girl
Woody Watson ... Crooked Miami Cop #1
Alex Morris ... Crooked Miami Cop #2
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Storyline

Nick Parker was a Vietnam vet who was blinded during the war. He was found by one of the local tribes, who taught him to enhance his remaining senses and to expertly wield a sword. On his return to the United States, he goes to visit an old Army buddy, Frank Devereaux, but discovers that he and his wife are divorced, and Frank no longer lives there. What they don't know is that Devereaux was playing in a crooked casino in Reno and accumulated a large debt. The casino boss is willing to forgive his debt if he does something for him: Devereaux is a chemist, and they want him to make designer drugs. In order to make sure he does it, they try to kidnap his son. But Nick is there, and Nick saves the boy. Thus begins a road trip to Vegas to protect the boy and save his friend, with the boss' henchmen in pursuit. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He may be blind but he don't need no dog. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saga; Tales from the Warrior Age See more »

Filming Locations:

Sealy, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$868,380, 18 March 1990

Gross USA:

$2,692,037

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,692,037
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the violence in the film is not too graphic, the film was given the 18 certificate in the United Kingdom. But, it was given the M rating in Australia and New Zealand. See more »

Goofs

Obvious manipulation of the film speed during many of the fight sequences. See more »

Quotes

Slag: Not bad for a blind man! But that butter knife ain't gonna stop no bullet!
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, we see Nick Parker continuing his stroll along the highway until he is lost from view See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive a '15' cinema certificate the UK version was cut by 22 secs with heavy edits to sword slashes during a fight scene. The video was upgraded to an '18' and the cuts restored though a 4 sec cut was made to remove a reference to the use of detergent in the making of a bomb. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Guilty Pleasures - 1992 (1992) See more »

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Entertaining and fun action movie filled with violent fights , frantic action impressive duels
22 January 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This moving picture is packed with frenetic action , thrills, suspense, and tension . Our peculiar as well as shambling hero is called Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer) , he is a Vietvet , he suffered horrible experiences who left damaged him , batty and blind . As at the beginning shows how he was rescued from the battlefield where was wounded by a bomb and become blind . As stricken Nick is rescued by a gentle Vietnamese tribe and is taught by a mentor about some swift sword skills . There he also learns self-restraint , patience , tolerance , goodness , and compassion . A bit later on , he returns USA , he is a new man with a new mission : save and protect unfortunate people . He is a swordsman who helps and saves hapless and protects a kid (Brandon Call) , his cute menaced mummy (Meg Foster) and his husband (Terry O'Quinn) , Nick's long-last army colleague , from the Mob . Nick is a Ronin-alike , a particular samurai without master . He will have to face a villain (Noble Willingham) and his nasty band (Randall Tex Cobb , Nick Cassavetes , Rick Overton).

In this lively as well as appealing movie there are thrills , Katana sword fights , ass-kicking , emotion , violence and lots of nifty action . The picture develops the classic facing off between good guys versus bad guys . As there's plenty of pleasure fighting and swording , but also includes failed moments . It thunders along amusingly , if rather unbelievably with rapid scenes and spectacular fight images , if not downright supernatural starring's skills . This exciting as well as stirring film results to be an enjoyable attempt to Americanize Japanese ¨Zaito-ichi movies ; however it doesn't altogether work and contains some flaws and gaps . In fact , being based on the Zatoichi film/TV series from Japan , and subsequently adapted by Takeshi Kitano in a popular ¨Ziaitochi¨film . Nice acting by shrew Rutger Hauer as smiling , likable , sword-wielding Vietnam vet , as he carves up nasties and finally duels with a martial art expert played by Sho Kosugi . Sympathetic support cast formed by a bunch of humorous nasties such as Randall Tex Cobb , Rick Overton , Nick Cassavetes , Noble Willingham , among others . Atmospheric musical score composed by means of synthesizer by J Peter Robinson . Colorful and adequate cinematography by Don Burgess

This brash motion picture was compellingly directed by Phillip Noyce , he skillfully orchestrates a cool film plenty of action , fights and hilarious moments . The picture works pretty well and is paced along admirably but also packs some failures and flawed scenes . Phillip Noyce is a known craftsman who has directed successful action movies such as Patriot games, Clear and present danger , The Saint , The bone collector and Salt . Rating : Acceptable , passable and amusing . Worthwhile watching . After principal photography was completed, a sequel to this film was planned, but never materialized .


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