Cape Fear

1962

Cape Fear

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After an eight-year prison term for rape and assault, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is set free. Immediately making a beeline to Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), the former prosecutor responsible for Cady's conviction, Cady laconically informs Sam that he intends to "pay back" the attorney for his years behind bars. Conducting a meticulous campaign of terror, Cady is careful to stay within the law. Sam, realizing that Cady intends to wreak vengeance by raping the attorney's wife (Polly Bergen) and daughter (Lori Martin), tries to put the ex-criminal behind bars, but has no grounds to do so. Chief Dutton (Martin Balsam) tries to help Sam with a few strong-arm tactics, but succeeds only in having the courts take Cady's side in the matter. Things come to a head when Sam moves his family to the "safety" of a remote houseboat on Cape Fear river. Cady shows up unannounced and is about to ravage Bowden's wife and daughter and when Sam turns the tables. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Gregory Peck
as Sam Bowden
Polly Bergen
as Peggy Bowden
Martin Balsam
as Police Chief Mark Dutton
Lori Martin
as Nancy Bowden
Telly Savalas
as Private Detective Charles Sievers
Jack Kruschen
as Attorney Dave Grafton
Barrie Chase
as Diane Taylor
Paul Comi
as Garner
John R. McKee
as Officer Marconi
John McKee
as Marconi
Page Slattery
as Deputy Kersek
Ward Ramsey
as Officer Brown
Will Wright
as Dr. Pearsall
Joan Staley
as Waitress
Mack Williams
as Dr. Lowney
Thomas Newman
as Lt. Gervasi
Bunny Rhea
as Pianist
Paul Levitt
as Police Operator
Alan Wells
as Young Man
Allan Ray
as Young Man
Norma Yost
as Ticket Clerk
Josephine Smith
as Librarian
Bob Noble
as Pedestrian
Jack Elkins
as Pedestrian
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  • Aug 10, 2012
    Peck and Mitchum (who is terrifying in this) 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. Thompson directs the material with a muggy, dark noir style and Bernard Herrmann's score is fantastic.
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • 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
  • May 23, 2011
    Scorsese's remake was good and DeNiro was plenty scary, but he's no match for supercreep Robert Mitchum as one of the most menacing villains you'll ever encounter. And don't even try to compare Nick Nolte vs Gregory Peck or I may get a laugh hernia.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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