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Sidney J. Furie

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Sidney J. Furie
Born (1933-02-28) 28 February 1933 (age 84)
Toronto, Canada
Occupation Film director
Years active 1959–present

Sidney J. Furie (born February 28, 1933) is a Canadian film director. Furie is perhaps best known for directing American Soldiers, The IPCRESS File, The Entity, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Lady Sings the Blues, The Boys, Gable and Lombard, Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York and the Iron Eagle films.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Furie attended Vaughan Road Collegiate in Toronto in 1947.[2]


Also credited[3] with co-creating NBC's offbeat legal drama Petrocelli, which ran from 1974 to 1976 (it was a spinoff from his 1970 film The Lawyer), he also directed Cliff Richard and The Shadows in The Young Ones (1961 film) and the 1964 musical Wonderful Life.

He was the subject of a full length biography by Daniel Kremer, Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films, published by The University Press of Kentucky in 2015.[2] A feature documentary film called Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! was scheduled for release in 2017. Kremer discovered and preserved Furie's 1959 dramatic film A Cool Sound from Hell, a long-thought-lost piece of Canadian film history.[4] A Cool Sound from Hell was originally released in England in 1960 as a double feature with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,[5] but it was lost when it was misfiled as The Beat Generation, the name of another film from the same era.[6] The restored film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016.[7]


Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mann, Roderick (1986-02-02). "Sidney Furie Leads The Cheer For 'Iron Eagle'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  2. ^ a b Daniel Kremer (9 October 2015). Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 12–. ISBN 978-0-8131-6598-1. 
  3. ^ "Sidney J. Furie - Northern Stars". 1933-02-28. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  4. ^ "Canuxploitation Reviews A Cool Sound from Hell"
  5. ^ Daniel Kremer, Sidney J. Furie is Alive and Well and Living in Pictures: An Appreciation of an Unjustly Maligned and Marginalized Director, Confluence Film Blog, June 2012
  6. ^ Daniel Kremer, "Cool Sounds from the Vault: A Cinematic Detective Story", The Filmmaker Magazine June 23, 2014. Accessed November 13, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Portrait: Sidney J. Furie, TIFF The Review, Aug 31, 2016 . Accessed November 13, 2016
  8. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Ipcress File". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Tyler Perry to Host Film Life's 2006 Black Movie Awards - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future, Premiering Wednesday, Oct. 18, on TNT". Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  10. ^ Directors Guild of Canada 2010 DGC Awards. Retrieved August 13, 2010.

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Superman film
Preceded by
Richard Lester
Succeeded by
Bryan Singer