Cape Fear

1962, Mystery & thriller, 1h 45m

23 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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An exemplary thriller powered by Robert Mitchum's chilling performance and Bernard Herrmann's sinister score, Cape Fear seethes with perfectly modulated tension. Read critic reviews

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After an eight-year prison sentence for rape, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) targets Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), one of the lawyers who sent him away. When Max finds Sam and his family, he begins a terrifying stalking spree, intending to ruin Sam's life. Desperate to protect his wife and daughter, Sam makes every effort to send Max back to jail. But when his attempts fail, Sam realizes that he must take matters into his own hands if he wants to rid his life of Max for good.

Cast & Crew

Gregory Peck
Sam Bowden
Polly Bergen
Peggy Bowden
Lori Martin
Nancy Bowden
Martin Balsam
Police Chief Mark Dutton
Jack Kruschen
Dave Grafton
Telly Savalas
Charles Sievers
Barrie Chase
Diane Taylor
John McKee
Officer Marconi
Page Slattery
Deputy Kersek
Ward Ramsey
Officer Brown
Will Wright
Dr. Pearsall
Norma Yost
Ticket clerk
Thomas Newman
Lt. Pete Gervasi
James R. Webb
Screenwriter
Bernard Herrmann
Original Music
Sam Leavitt
Cinematographer
Robert F. Boyle
Art Direction
Oliver Emert
Set Decoration
Mary Wills
Costume Designer
Virginia Darcy
Hair Stylist
Frank Prehoda
Makeup Artist
Thomas Tuttle
Makeup Artist
Ernest B. Wehmeyer
Production Manager
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