U.S. Release Date: 10/17/14
Like 1998’s Saving Private Ryan, Fury – a World War II movie set over a 24 hour period – shows the raw, harsh and cold realities of battle – especially during a scene where one particular soldier meets his end very brutally.
“This is not your grandfather’s war movie,” says producer Bill Block. “I don’t think we’ve seen the physical horror that the armored division went through. Outmanned and outgunned, they only won through true, raw fighting.”
Directed by David Ayer, who previously helmed the police thriller End of Watch, Fury takes place during the final days of World War 11 – a time when the allies are making their final push through the Eueopean theatre. Brad Pitt plays the battle hardened Don Collier, nicknamed “Wardaddy” who commands a Sherman tank and her five man crew.
When one of the crew is killed, Normam Ellison (Logan Lerman), a typist who has zero experience of war, joins the unit as assistant driver. Through his eyes, the audience learns about the tank and meets other unit members Boyd Swann (Shia LaBoeuf), Grady Travis (Jon Berthnal) and Trini “Gordon” Garcia (Michael Pena).
“Norman is young and fresh and innocent, and that makes him endearing, but it’s also the problem he must overcome,” says Ayer. “Wardaddy must break him of his innocence. “In a lot of ways, Norman is the son that Wardaddy never had. He mentors Norman, parents him, guides him to become an effective soldier.”
Ayer says it was commonplace for soldiers to be thrust into battle with little more than four weeks of combat training.
“Norman is very unprepared for what’s happening, and he becomes their hostage, in a way, as he’s thrown into this steel cage and dragged across the fields of Germany into combat. Norman ends up in situations that he’s absolutely not equipped for, and it’s Wardaddy’s job to train him, to get him to overcome the civilian’s sense of right and wrong.”
During the film’s extensive research stages, Ayer studies World War 11 footage, consulted with veterans who had actually served in tanks and worked closely with tactical and miltary advisors. He also required all cast members to undergo an intensive six-day boot camp training. Exposed to the elements throughout the week, the actors recveived a taster – rain, mud, wind and sleep depravation, of the trials and tribulations experienced by those who fought during World War 11.
“The bootcamp wasn’t hazing – it was necessary” said David Rae, a consultant with more than twenty years in the British military. “They needed to have that bond. It needs to be portrayed on screen – you’d pick up on it if it wasn’t there, because you’re quite intimate as a crew. The cliché is ‘no rank in a tank’ – we all know who the boss is, and we know where the line is and wouldn’t cross it, but we’re very, very close to each other. You know everything about each other. You look after each other. It’s a brotherhood, within a tank.”
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Writer / Director: David Ayer
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood
Producers: Bill Block, David Ayer, Ethan Smith,
Executive Producers: Brad Pitt, Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Alex Ott, and Ben Waisbren
Image Info: Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) and other soldiers in Fury. Copyright 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Quote Source: Columbia Pictures