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Cape Fear


Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis View All


Martin Scorsese (Director), John D. MacDonald (Screenplay), Wesley Strick (Screenplay) View All

Release: Nov. 15th, 1991
Runtime: 2 hours, 8 minutes
Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a...
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34 Which version of 'Cape Fear' is better?
Hey all, I was going to rent a copy of "Cape Fear" but then noticed there are two versions. I could just rent both, but I don't want to. Which do you like better: the one from 1962, or th...
3 Cape Fear (1991)
I posted this elsewhere. Must have gotten lost. I watched the 1991 remake of Cape Fear yesterday. For those not familiar with the story line it is as follows. Max Cady a recently released rapist stal...
1 Cape Fear: Original Or Remake?
Cape Fear (1962) Cape Fear (1991) Which do you like? The Robert Mitchum classic, directed by J. Lee Thompson or the Robert De Niro chillfest directed by Martin Scorcese? I prefer the remake. I...
10 Silence Of The Lambs Versus Cape Fear
I found myself pondering this the other day when I was watching an "If We Picked The Winners: 1991" special by Siskel & Ebert. They are both terrific thrillers released in the same year ...
8 Did videocassettes/dvds censor movies? Example, Scorsese's "Cape Fear"
I've only seen Scorsese's "Cape Fear" once, on a videocassette probably in the early 2000s rented from a video store. I could have sworn the scene where the ex-con De Niro beats & rapes...

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The casting is good (even the stunt-casting that brings back Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck on very different sides of the moral spectrum to their work in the original), the film builds a sufficient sense of dread thanks to its relentless antagonist powering on throughout all manner of suffering th....
Holden Pike
Scorsese's own spin on the material is quite different, though keeping the same main plot points and conflicts, a more complex morality tale for a more complex time..
In an effort to keep it simple, I'll conclude by saying that while it certainly isn't the best movie that I have seen from Martin Scorsese, the movie has a tremendous performance from Robert De Niro, as well as a solid performance from Nick Nolte.
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