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Cape Fear (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 12 April 1962 (USA)
A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

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Cast

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Attorney Dave Grafton
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Paul Comi ...
Garner
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Officer Marconi
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Officer Brown
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Dr. Pearsall
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Storyline

Small-town lawyer Sam Bowden's life becomes torturous when Max Cady re-enters his life. Cady went to jail for 8 years after Bowden testified that Cady attacked a young woman. Now that Cady has been released, he begins to terrorize Bowden and his family, particularly targeting Bowden's daughter, Nancy. Initially, Cady uses his newfound knowledge of the law (learned in prison) to annoy the Bowdens, then poisons the family dog... Who's next ? Written by Chris Holland <cholland@atlantic.net>

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Unparalleled suspense... as one becomes a target for nightmare.. the other becomes his target for execution! (insert) See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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12 April 1962 (USA)  »

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The Executioners  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bernard Herrmann's soundtrack from this was reused in Cape Fear (1991). See more »

Goofs

After Sam and Max have a drink together, Sam gets up to leave. While he is putting money on the table, Max is smoking his cigar but as Sam leaves, Max's cigar has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

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!
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Referenced in The 24th Day (2004) See more »

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insane man terrorizes a family
29 April 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Robert Mitchum was born for this role. He played the evil Max Cady as though Cady's spirit was actually inside him. Cady was a psychopathic murderer who became obsessed with a couple and their daughter. To counteract this persistent attention, the couple hired a security agent. When this went terribly wrong, the family made a run for their houseboat. Unfortunately, Cady was wise to them leading to a nail biting finale. 5 stars go to this great film.


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