Fury to Freedom

DVD Release: November 26, 1985
Fury to Freedom


What would it take to break a man who refuses to be broken—a man who knows no fear and whose total confidence is in himself? Martial arts champion Raul Ries was weaned on anger and fueled by rage—a destructive path that led him to the brink of the murder-suicide of his family and himself. But on the darkest night of his life, Someone intervened. The man who refused to show weakness faces Someone so powerful that he is finally broken and taken from … Fury to Freedom.

Dove Review

“Fury to Freedom” is aptly titled because it demonstrates the power of God to drastically change a man. Tom Silardi is excellent as Raul Ries (pronounced Rees), a young man whose father physically abused his mother and him. Based on a true story, Raul is temperamental, gets into trouble in school, and takes martial arts lessons. He falls head-over-heels in love with Sharon (Joy Vogel), a cheerleader who happens to be a Christian. They begin dating although Sharon can’t get Raul to commit to attending church on a regular basis.

Raul eventually gets into so much trouble that he either has to go into military service or go to prison. He chooses the Marines and winds up in boot camp and then Vietnam. He gets out with an honorable discharge, but his anger becomes worse when he returns, even after learning he is going to be a father and he marries Sharon. He winds up becoming the abusive man his father was. When it looks as if he’s lost his family, he finally comes to his senses and turns to God. His life changes dramatically and it soon becomes apparent he plans to serve God just as hard as he served the enemy of his soul! We are pleased to award this inspirational film our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+. It is a powerful evangelism tool and showcases God’s ability to change lives.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing by a couple; man gets young woman pregnant but marries her and later becomes a Christian; man cheats on his wife but repents.
Language: Stupid-1; Idiot-2.
Violence: Man shoves and hits wife; man shoves and hits son; another man hits wife more than once; holes are seen in the wall from man having hit in anger; fight in which man beats up several jerks with his martial arts abilities; fight in which young man is shoved through glass; scenes of war from Viet Nam including shooting and explosions; soldier is losing it and holds rifle on his captain but he is not harmed; man is kicked; a little blood seen on soldier's chest; man threatens to kill wife and has rifle but later repents; glass and pictures are smashed by angry man; none of the violence is gratuitous.
Drugs: Smoke is seen above bathroom stall and teen says it is marijuana, then toilet is heard flushing; character drinks beer; underage drinking at a party and young man becomes violent but later changes; cigarette pack seen on table; upset young man in hospital is given a shot.
Nudity: Shirtless man; girl wears short skirt.
Other: Tension and disagreements between characters; young man wants nothing to do with God; young man says he hates his abusive father and his mother who allows the abuse, but he repents.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Erik Jacobson
Producer: Erik Jacobson
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 79 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter