Sidney J Furie

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
The career of Canadian filmmaker Sidney J Furie perfectly demonstrates how a reputation for workmanlike efficiency can keep a director regularly employed, despite a dearth of critical acclaim. Furie decided he wanted to ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1933 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Director (38)

Top of the World 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

American Soldiers 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Detention 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Partners in Action 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Under Heavy Fire 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Director

Road Rage 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

V.I.P. 1994 - 1996, 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Rock My World 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Cord 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

My Five Wives 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Road Rage 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Collectors 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rage 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

Iron Eagle IV 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Ladybugs 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Taking of Beverly Hills 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Iron Eagle II 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Iron Eagle 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Purple Hearts 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

The Entity 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boys in Company C 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Gable and Lombard 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Hit! 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Lady Sings the Blues 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Fauss and Big Halsy 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lawyer 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Appaloosa 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Naked Runner 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Leather Boys 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ipcress File 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Wonderful Life 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boys 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Ones 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Married to a Stranger (TV Show)

Director

Top of the World (TV Show)

Director
Writer (8)

The Rage 1997 (Movie)

(From Story)

Aces: Iron Eagle III 1992 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Iron Eagle II 1988 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Iron Eagle II 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Iron Eagle 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Purple Hearts 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Boys in Company C 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lawyer 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

American Soldiers 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Purple Hearts 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Boys 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The career of Canadian filmmaker Sidney J Furie perfectly demonstrates how a reputation for workmanlike efficiency can keep a director regularly employed, despite a dearth of critical acclaim. Furie decided he wanted to be a filmmaker when he was six years old, after seeing his first film, "Captains Courageous" (1937), and showed early promise in his native Canada with his directing debut, the autobiographical "A Dangerous Age" (1957), and as creator of the series "Hudson's Bay" (CBC, 1959). After moving to Great Britain in 1960, he dabbled in the horror genre ("Doctor Blood's Coffin" and "The Snake Woman", both 1961) and helmed "Three on a Spree" (also 1961), yet another remake of "Brewster's Millions", before experiencing his first big success with the teen musical "Wonderful to Be Young/The Young Ones" (1962), which boasted the choreography of Herbert Ross and enjoyed a box office in England that year second only to "Dr. Who". It was, however, the mean-street melodrama "The Leather Boys" which demonstrated his sharp eye for sleazy detail and brought Furie to the attention of producer Harry Saltzman, who hired him to direct "The Ipcress File" (1965), the first and best of Len Deighton's Harry Palmer spy series.

EDUCATION

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
school name later changed to Carnegie-Mellon University

Milestones

1998

Helmed episodes of the syndicated series "V.I.P."

1996

Took to the air one last time with "Iron Eagle IV", downgraded from feature film to cable movie; aired on HBO

1994

Helmed the pilot for syndicated Canadian-produced series, "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years"

1992

Last feature to date to receive a theatrical release, "Ladybugs", starring Rodney Dangerfield

1991

Authored the story for and helmed "The Taking of Beverly Hills"; reteamed with Ken Wahl

1987

Effectively killed the Superman franchise with atrocious "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"

1986

Initiated the "Iron Eagle" franchise, a pale imitation of "Top Gun"; co-wrote original and "Iron Eagle II" (1988) with Kevin Elders

1984

Reteamed with Natkin to write "Purple Hearts", a Vietnam love story; also produced and directed; first screen collaboration with Ken Wahl

1983

Helmed sensational and exploitive "The Entity", based on a true case history of the paranormal

1978

Co-wrote (with Richard Natkin) and helmed "The Boys in Company C", which featured a standout performance by Stan Shaw, whipping green Marine recruits in shape for Vietnam

1973

Fourth pic of Paramount deal, "Hit", reteamed him with Richard Pryor and Billy Dee Williams from "Lady Sings the Blues"

1972

Enjoyed commercial success with Billie Holiday biopic, "Lady Sings the Blues"; Diana Ross earned Best Actress Oscar nomination

1969

Helmed and scripted (with Harold Buchman) "The Lawyer", creating the character of Tony Petrocelli played by Barry Newman; Newman would reprise the character in the NBC series "Petrocelli" (1974-1976), with Furie credited as co-creator

1969

Asked by studio to take over "Little Fauss and Big Halsy", originally scheduled to be directed by its screenwriter Charles Eastman

1967

Directed Frank Sinatra in "The Naked Runner"

1966

US directing debut, "The Appaloosa", starring Marlon Brando

1965

"The Leather Boys", a film mixing homosexuality and motorcycles, garnerd critical acclaim and brought him to the attention of producer (and fellow Canadian) Harry Saltzman

1965

Helmed another musical, "Swinger's Paradise/Wonderful Life"

1965

For Saltzman, directed "The Ipcress File", a spy story starring Michael Caine; its box office success in England and the United States led to his first US directing opportunity; earned British Academy Award as Best Picture

1962

Directed "Wonderful to Be Young/The Young Ones", a musical boasting Herbert Ross as choreographer; opened to business in England second only to the James Bond adventure "Dr. No"

1960

Immigrated to England

1959

Created "Hudson's Bay" series for the Canadian Broadcasting Company

1957

Raised $19,000 to make first independent feature, "A Dangerous Age", based largely on his youthful experiences; produced and scripted, as well as helmed

Directed a string of TV and straight-to-video projects including "Hollow Point" (HBO, 1997), "Married to a Stranger" (The Family Channel, 1998), "Top of the World" (HBO, 1998), "The Collectors" (filmed 1998), "The Rage" (1998), "Cord" (2000), "Tripwire" (

Worked as an apprentice in Canadian TV

Signed a four-picture deal with Paramount

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