Martin Scorsese's remake of J. Lee Thompson's 1962 film is a stylish, taut thriller. Public defender Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) served as the attorney for brutal rapist Max Cady (Robert De Niro) at his arraignment. Shocked by the violence of Cady's crime, Sam duplicitously withheld information regarding the sexually promiscuous activities of Cady's rape victim information that might have won Max's acquittal. After serving a hellish 14-year sentence in a barbaric state penitentiary, the once-illiterate Cady, who has taught himself to read and studied up on the law during his incarceration, seeks vengeance against the prosperous small-town lawyer. Max makes good on his satanic threats to terrorize Sam, stalking the vulnerable family, poisoning their dog, brutally assaulting Sam's close friend, and sexually harassing Sam's daughter, Danielle (Juliette Lewis). To rid themselves of this raging force of retribution, Sam; his wife, Leigh (Jessica Lange); and Danielle join together against Max in a final struggle for their very existence. Scorsese pays debts to Thompson's earlier version by using Bernard Herrmann's original score, as well as casting Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, and Martin Balsam in supporting roles. Lewis delivers a stirring performance that earned her a well-deserved Oscar nomination, as did De Niro, whose tattooed vengeance seeker is one of cinema's most terrifying, notorious presences.
|Leading Role:||Fred Dalton Thompson, Fred Dalton Thompson, Gregory Peck, Gregory Peck, Illeana Douglas, Illeana Douglas, Jessica Lange, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, Joe Don Baker, Juliette Lewis, Juliette Lewis, Martin Balsam, Martin Balsam, Nick Nolte, Nick Nolte, Robert De Niro, Robert De Niro, Robert Mitchum, Robert Mitchum|
|Director:||Martin Scorsese, Martin Scorsese|
|Producer:||Barbara De Fina|
Editorial Reviews"...Nolte acts with blistering energy, and Lange is in top feral form..."Rolling Stone - p.101-103 - Peter Travers (11/28/1991)"...Scorsese's CAPE FEAR defies thresholds, revelling in its own transgressiveness, using punchy visuals, fast cuts and a pounding soundtrack..."Sight and Sound - p.40-1 - Angela McRobbie (03/01/1992)
|Running Time:||122 min.|
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