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Cape Fear

1962, Mystery & thriller, 1h 45m

24 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
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
George Tomasini
Film Editing
Robert F. Boyle
Art Director
Oliver Emert
Set Decoration
Mary Wills
Costume Design
Virginia Darcy
Hair Stylist
Frank Prehoda
Makeup Artist
Thomas Tuttle
Makeup Artist
Ernest B. Wehmeyer
Production Manager
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Audience Reviews for Cape Fear

  • Oct 29, 2019
    Gripping melodrama that's produced to near perfection with the direction of J. Lee Thompson, the performance of Robert Mitchum, the cinematography of Sam Leavitt, and the score by Bernard Herrmann. The film has a Hitchcockian tone and in fact he was slated to direct and storyboarded the entire film but quit because of a dispute with the producer. Thompson, a big fan of Hitchcock, seems to pay homage to the filmmaker with this work.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2012
    Peck and Mitchum are great adversaries to one another, and I like that its a thriller that revolves around their characters opposing economic and social backgrounds as much as the endless cycle of vengeance and harassment between them. Bernard Herrmann's score is one for the ages.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2012
    It's not what he does ... it's what he may do. Mitchum gives elegance to one of the screen's worst creepy bad guys, conveying evil with his eyes, along with the screaming realization that he's gonna enjoy doing it. The battle between the forces of good versus the other has seldom been more clearly delineated.
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  • Jan 06, 2012
    This gets a near perfect score just from Robert Mitchum's performance along. My God, is that man made to play psychotics.
    John B Super Reviewer

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