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Rating: 7.5 stars


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Cape Fear (1991)

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Crime | Thriller

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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? 14 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 Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.

Rated R | Length 128 minutes


Robert De Niro | Nick Nolte | Jessica Lange | Juliette Lewis | Joe Don Baker | Robert Mitchum | Gregory Peck | Martin Balsam | Illeana Douglas | Fred Dalton Thompson | Zully Montero | Craig Henne | Forest Burton | Edgar Allan Poe IV | Rod Ball | W. Paul Bodie | Joel Kolker | Antoni Corone | Tamara Jones | Roger Pretto | Parris Buckner | Margot Moreland | Will Knickerbocker | Robert L. Gerlach | Bruce E. Holdstein | Richard Wasserman | Paul Nagle Jr. | Paul Froehler | Mary Ellen O'Brien | Jody Wilson | C.C. Costigan | Domenica Cameron-Scorsese | Gar Stephen | Billy D. Lucas | Ken Collins | Linda Perri | Libby Moyer | Catherine Scorsese | Charles Scorsese | Jackie Davis | George Grafas | Ken Waters | Esther Rolle

Viewing Notes

Amongst Scorsese’s body of work, this one doesn’t seem to get talked about very much, which is a shame because it makes some really interesting stylistic choices and feels, at times, a little slicker than a lot of his work.

De Niro is great as the unhinged Max Cady. This is the kind of role he sinks his teeth into and never lets go, start to finish. And he is one menacing motherfucker in this.

Nolte and Lange, both excellent actors in their own right, don’t get as much to hand their hats on here, but they’re more complex than their characters are in the original.

Despite that, the cast is all-around outstanding, with great supporting roles for Illeana Douglas and Joe Don Baker among others.

The sound editing and score are top notch as well, which is to be expected given Scorsese is working with a lot of his regulars here for the production.


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