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Cape Fear (1962)

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A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

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Attorney Dave Grafton
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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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Their ordeal of terror triggers the screen's most savage war of nerves! See more »

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12 April 1962 (USA)  »

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The trailer and radio spots are narrated by Universal regular, Jeff Morrow. See more »

Goofs

When Nancy is being chased by who she believes to be Max, she runs into a room filled with lockers-we see her Right hand pressed up against a row of lockers and she is wearing a ring. In the very next frame, the ring is absent from her finger. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Max Cady: [Bowden has shot Cady and is holding the gun on him] Go ahead. I just don't give a damn.
Sam Bowden: No. No! That would be letting you off too easy, too fast. Your words - do you remember? Well I do. No, we're gonna take good care of you. We're gonna nurse you back to health. And you're strong, Cady. You're gonna live a long life... in a cage! That's where you belong and that's where you're going. And this time for life! Bang your head against the walls. Count the years - the months - the hours....
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Remade as Cape Fear (1991) 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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