Cape Fear (1962)
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as Max Cady
as Sam Bowden
as Peggy Bowden
as Police Chief Mark Dutton
as Nancy Bowden
as Private Detective Charles Sievers
as Attorney Dave Grafton
as Diane Taylor
as Officer Marconi
as Deputy Kersek
as Officer Brown
as Dr. Pearsall
as Dr. Lowney
as Lt. Gervasi
as Police Operator
as Young Man
as Young Man
as Ticket Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Cape Fear
Its politics are abhorrent to me, but my god, it's such a slick, well-crafted thriller ... that I can't hate it
A tense thriller that holds your attention to the very end. The film is aided by one of Bernard Hermann's better scores.
The remake with De Niro had the most to fear from this superior little thriller!
Audience Reviews for Cape Fear
A lawyer finds his family terrorized by a brutal woman hating sociopath who blames him for sending him to jail for 8 years. Gregory Peck was the perfect casting choice as the morally upstanding husband and father who finds he must question his principles when the law fails to protect them from such a wily and dangerous predator. But it is Mitchum on top form who steals the film and brings a real sense of underlying menace to his character; the scenes he shares with Peck crackle with tension. There's also some strong support from the ever reliable Martin Balsam and Telly Savalas (sporting a full head of hair!) and the family scenes are refreshingly syrup free. With a very memorable score and great showdown featuring a classic closing speech, this is far better than the uncharacteristically crass Martin Scorsese remake.
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.
This is a great thriller, it's exciting and suspenseful, and has a couple of great actors. I highly recommend it.
Cape Fear Quotes
|Sam Bowden:||It's a mistake to teach women how to tell time. They always use it against you.|
|Sam Bowden:||You shocking degenerate. I've seen the worst - the dregs - but you... you are the lowest. Makes me sick to breathe the same air.|
|Max Cady:||I got somethin' planned for your wife and kid that they ain't nevah gonna forget. They ain't nevah gonna forget it... and neither will you, Counselor! Nevah!|
|Max Cady:||I got somethin' planned for your wife and kid that they ain't nevah gonna forget. They ain't nevah gonna forget it... and neither will you, Counselor!|