Cape Fear

Directed By: Martin Scorsese Starring: Robert De Niro Nick Nolte

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A recently-released rapist stalks the family of the attorney who defended him.

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Studio Universal
SKU 40720586
UPC 025192894220
UPC 14 00025192894220
Format DVD
Release Date 8/23/2005
Rating Rating
Keywords
Disturbing
Family Interaction
Psychodrama
Remake
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Vengeance
Editors Note
Note 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, Leigh, 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.
Plot Summary
Summary CAPE FEAR is an extremely tense remake of the riveting 1962 thriller. This time Sam Bowden is not such a good guy and his family is rather dysfunctional--but there's no moral ambiguity in the purely evil Max Cady as he circles in for the kill. Martin Scorsese creates a world in which a man who withheld information for the benefit of society ends up suffering the moral consequences. Robert De Niro and Juliette Lewis deliver stunning performances as the hunter and hunted, respectively.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Come out, come out, wherever you are."--Max Cady (Robert De Niro), to a hiding Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte)
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...Nolte acts with blistering energy, and Lange is in top feral form..." 11/28/1991 p.101-103
Sight and Sound "...Scorsese's CAPE FEAR defies thresholds, revelling in its own transgressiveness, using punchy visuals, fast cuts and a pounding soundtrack..." 03/01/1992 p.40-1
Los Angeles Times "...We squirm, we squeal, we squeak for mercy as Scorsese and company wring us out like an old washcloth..." 11/13/1991 p.F1
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "It replaces the good vs evil set-up with endless shades of grey..." 12/01/2011
Directors
Martin Scorsese
Actors
Robert De Niro
Nick Nolte
Cast & Crew
Joe Don Baker - Star
Gregory Peck - Star
Robert De Niro - Star
Illeana Douglas - Star
Martin Balsam - Star
Juliette Lewis - Star
Robert Mitchum - Star
Jessica Lange - Star
Nick Nolte - Star
Fred Dalton Thompson - Star
Wesley Strick - Screenwriter
Barbara De Fina - Producer
Martin Scorsese - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
Catalog ID 61028942
UPC 00025192894220
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 128 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Features
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor De Niro,Robert
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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