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Cape Fear -- Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum star in Hollywood's classic tale of revenge and murder about an ex-con determined to exact a terrible revenge on a small-town lawyer and his family.

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Director:
Writers:
John D. MacDonald (novel)
James R. Webb (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 April 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Now, he had only one weapon left - Murder!...To prevent an even more shocking crime! See more »
Plot:
A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
As Nasty A Creature As Had Ever Been Shown See more (140 total) »

Cast

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Gregory Peck ... Sam Bowden

Robert Mitchum ... Max Cady

Polly Bergen ... Peggy Bowden
Lori Martin ... Nancy Bowden

Martin Balsam ... Police Chief Mark Dutton

Jack Kruschen ... Attorney Dave Grafton

Telly Savalas ... Private Detective Charles Sievers

Barrie Chase ... Diane Taylor
Paul Comi ... George Garner
John McKee ... Officer Marconi
Page Slattery ... Deputy Kersek
Ward Ramsey ... Officer Brown

Edward Platt ... Judge

Will Wright ... Dr. Pearsall

Joan Staley ... Waitress
Norma Yost ... Ticket clerk
Mack Williams ... Dr. Lowney, Veterinarian
Thomas Newman ... Lt. Pete Gervasi
Alan Reynolds ... Attorney Vernon

Herb Armstrong ... Waiter
Bunny Rhea ... Pianist
Cindy Carol ... Betty (as Carol Sydes)
Alan Wells ... Young blade
Allan Ray ... Young blade
Paul Levitt ... Police operator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Elkins ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Joseph Jenkins ... Janitor (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Extra at Bar / Table Extra at Bar (uncredited)
Marion Landers ... Cross (uncredited)
Bob Noble ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Deputy (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Al Silvani ... Man (uncredited)
Josephine Smith ... Librarian (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Juror (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
 
Writing credits
John D. MacDonald (novel "The Executioners")

James R. Webb (screenplay)

Produced by
Sy Bartlett .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt  (as Samuel Leavitt)
 
Film Editing by
George Tomasini 
 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Wills 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist (as Virginia D'Arcy)
Frank Prehoda .... makeup artist
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
 
Stunts
John McKee .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Léo L. Fuchs .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (1992) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1969) (heavily cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1962) (uncut) | France:U | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (1962) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (Certificate #20038) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

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The trailer and radio spots are narrated by Universal regular, Jeff Morrow.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Police Chief Mark Dutton:[Bowden has told Dutton that he's worried about Max Cady] You have a dog don't you, Sam?
Sam Bowden:She couldn't bite through a doughnut; but she's a good barker.
Police Chief Mark Dutton:Well, that's good enough. I'll call you when they pick him up.
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
As Nasty A Creature As Had Ever Been Shown, 2 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

So acclaimed was Robert Mitchum's performance as the amoral, animalistic Max Cady it probably escapes most people's attention that Cape Fear was produced by co-star Gregory Peck.

One film before was the one that united star Gregory Peck with director J. Lee Thompson. That would be The Guns of Navarone which was both a critical and box office success. Thompson and Peck enjoyed working with each other and decided the next film would be light years from The Guns of Navarone.

Both Peck and Thompson agreed that this story about a homicidal ex-convict terrorizing a man who was a witness against him and his family needed a star of equal stature for the part of the convict as well as the good citizen who Peck was playing. Mitchum was contacted and agreed.

I've always felt that it always showed what a class act Gregory Peck was in that even though it was his film and Mitchum got the acclaim for the film, Peck never betrayed one hint of jealousy about the plaudits Mitchum got.

Max Cady was about as nasty a creature as had ever been shown on screen up to that time. The Production Code was breaking down and Thompson and Peck took great advantage of that. Today it would be nothing, but when Cady smeared that egg matter over Polly Bergen's chest it was considered risqué at the time.

Polly Bergen was Gregory Peck's wife and Lori Martin his daughter in the film. Other performances of note are of Telly Savalas as a private detective, Martin Balsam as the town police chief, and Jack Kruschen as Cady's lawyer, one bottom feeding shyster. In the remake of Cape Fear which had Nick Nolte as Sam Bowen, Peck's part, and Robert DeNiro as Cady, Both Mitchum and Peck agreed to play some of the minor parts. This time Mitchum was in Balsam's old part as the police chief and Gregory Peck whose most famous role was as Atticus Finch, played the bottom feeder. After that remake you could definitely say Peck played the legal profession at both ends.

The story of Cape Fear is about an upright moral man, not unlike Atticus Finch who has to get down and dirty in order to deal with a totally amoral man who lives by no rules. Kind of like what the western world has to do in dealing with terrorists of all shapes and sizes. Their confrontation on the Cape Fear River where Peck has to catch Mitchum red handed in order to bring him to justice or kill him is one for cinema history.

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