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BLIND FURY
1989

poster

FILM

Director:
Phillip Noyce

Language:
English

Running Time: 83'

Main Cast :
Rutger Hauer - Nick Parker
Terry O'Quinn - Frank Devereaux
Brandon Call - Billy Devereaux
Meg Foster - Lynn Devereaux
Noble Willingham - MacReady
Lisa Blount - Annie Winchester
Nick Cassavetes - Lyle Pike
Rick Overton - Tector Pike
Randall "Tex" Cobb - Slag
Sho Kosugi - Samurai Fighter

Screenplay:
Charles Robert Carner

Plot:
The kid is a brat and the bus ride from Miami to Reno is long, but Nick Parker promised the boy’s dying mom that he’d deliver the child to his father. The trouble is, she was murdered by gangsters, and if it wasn’t for Nick, they’d have the kid, too. Now the two are on the run, and there are armed thugs waiting for them around every corner. Luckily for Parker, he’ll never see what he’s going to have to do to them…because Nick Parker, master swordsman, is blind.

But Nick Parker is not the typical blind man. While serving in Vietnam he loses his sight and – it’s thought – is killed in action. For many years Parker is cared for, trained and even given a new way of life by kind local villagers. Through the use of his other senses, Parker is taught not only to survive, but to master the razor-sharp blade hidden in his cane. For Parker, blindness is not a handicap but an asset to be used as a decoy in any conflict that arises.

Having returned to the United States, Parker goes to Miami to look up an old Army buddy, Frank Devereaux, but much has happened since the two last met. Devereaux, who left Miami and his family and now works as a chemist in Reno, has been abducted by the Mob and is being forced to make designer drugs in exchange for the life of his son, Billy. But to make their threats stick, the thugs have to get their hands on the boy.

The gangsters’ arrival at Devereaux’s former Miami home coincides with the surprise visit from Parker, who artfully succeeds in foiling the kidnapping attempt. However, he is unable to stop the thugs from mortally wounding the boy’s mother.
With her last breath, Lynn Devereaux makes Parker promise to care for her child and reunite him with his father. As a soldier, Parker was taught to be totally self-sufficient, and his life – up until now – has been a solitary one. Now he is responsible not only for himself, but for an overindulged 9-year-old whose purported health problems are all in his head. Soon, however, their treacherous journey brings the two strangers together; as Billy learns self-confidence, Parker gains the affection of the son he never had.

Notes:
The idea for “Blind Fury” and its hero, Nick Parker, occured to producer Tim Matheson while watching a film featuring Zatoichi – the blind samurai hero of an immensely popular Japanese film series.
Rutger learnt how to use the sword and walk and move like a blind man, with the help of a real blind judoka : Lynn Manning

Rutger's Notes:
On martial arts. I have enjoyed almost all physical movement since I started walking. I was fencing and horse-riding and swimming from age 12 and up. The fencing was because of Gérard Philipe. Saw a film called "Fanfan la Tulipe". I wanted to be him. Once I started entertaining the idea of becoming an actor I also felt that actors are dancers first. Mentally. Physically. So I felt the bones needed to be kept awake.

The horse-riding came from cowboys&indians of course and it made me want to impress myself and the horse. The swimming came from being a waterguy and I felt i wanted to impress the girls with these skills. Still have no idea if that worked.

'Blind Fury' was one of the most difficult jobs for me because of the combination with the swordplay. I'm glad it does not show. I mean that is was so difficult. Trained a month with a blind man who taught me his handicap. He was such a nice man. First thing he said was,"I don't get confused about what I see...". Then I trained every morning at 4:30 before shooting for those seven weeks. Then SHO KUSUGI was brought in for the swordplay. That was an additional shoot for a week or so.

Wonderful.

Rutger with Lynn Manning

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