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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:
More than just creepy See more (138 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
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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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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Chile:18 | 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 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (Certificate #20038) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

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Trivia:
J. Lee Thompson originally wanted Hayley Mills to play Nancy Bowden, but Mills couldn't because she was contracted to Walt Disney. Thompson still wishes that he had Hayley Mills play Nancy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Fatal Instinct (1993)See more »

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Is Cape Fear based on a book?
What is Cape Fear about?
Why did Cady have it in for Sam Bowden?
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66 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
More than just creepy, 4 August 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

For the first time Hitchcock was decisively beaten at his own game. This is one of the tensest films ever made, and also one of the most perfectly crafted. There are so many things right about it I can afford to concentrate on just two:

(1) Sam Bowden is a firm believer in the sanctity of civil liberties until Cady starts to stalk his family - and he remains a believer even then. He is asked if he really wants the police to have the power to arrest citizens on suspicion alone; and, although his family is in danger, he cannot honestly answer yes. `Cape Fear' is clearly the product of a less bloodthirsty age. But it is the better for it: a clash between deeply held principles and deeply held desires isn't at all interesting unless it really IS a clash - unless the principles are strong enough not to give way at the first breath of wind. And damn it, Bowden is right. The police do NOT have the right to arrest Cady. The potential tragedy is genuine: not something that could be cleaned up if only so-and-so would drop a few pointless scruples.

(2) Robert Mitchum really alarms us. I think it's because his motivations are a little, but not entirely, opaque. When we first see him eyeing Bowden's teen-aged daughter, we don't know exactly what he's thinking any more than Sam does. Is he sexually attracted to her? Does he want to kill her? Rape her? Is he indifferent but just trying to get a rise out of Sam? Indeed: what, exactly, does he want to do to Sam himself? We don't know: and this uncertainty is worse than any precise knowledge.

I doubt I've said enough. `Cape Fear' is riveting from first frame to last. It's well shot, the acting is excellent, and Bernard Herrmann gives us his usual fitting score. It appeals to the intellect as much as to the pit of the stomach. Great stuff.

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