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Sidney J. FurieLife and Films$
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Daniel Kremer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165967

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165967.001.0001

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Housemaster

Housemaster

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(p.299) Chapter 12 Housemaster
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Sidney J. Furie
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Daniel Kremer

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813165967.003.0013

Furie helms one last major studio production, the Rodney Dangerfield vehicle Ladybugs (1992) before deciding to spend the rest of his career making direct-to-video action pictures in Canada, as a sort of retirement gesture. Though signs of his earlier mastery emerge in Hollow Point (1996) and In Her Defense (1999), he returns to form with two films in the early 2000s: the post–Vietnam War drama Going Back (2001), which wraps up the Vietnam trilogy he started with The Boys in Company C and Purple Hearts, and Global Heresy (2002), a deceivingly light comedy starring Peter O’Toole, Joan Plowright, and Alicia Silverstone. Furie’s third-born son Jonathan commits suicide in July 2009, and in the midst of mourning his loss, he receives word that the Director’s Guild of Canada is honoring him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. There, he gives a heartwarming, free-form speech that encapsulates a lengthy and mostly happy career.

Keywords:   Direct-to-video, Canada, Director’s Guild of Canada, genre filmmaking

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