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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 »
NewsDesk:
(18 articles)
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 (From The Guardian - TV News. 22 September 2014, 10:12 AM, PDT)

Actress Polly Bergen Dies at 84
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"You're Just An Animal!" See more (136 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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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:
Gregory Peck said he was not impressed when Robert Mitchum told everyone that he had acted Peck off the screen.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: For some strange reason, just after Sam shoots Cady, the shot of Cady from Sam's POV shows the branches of a bush superimposed on the bottom and left side of the frame. The tipoff is that when the camera moves the branches of the "bush" do not - they move along with the camera, as if they're glued onto the frame (which they are).See more »
Quotes:
Diane Taylor:[Diane is cuddling with Max as he is driving] Why are we going this way?
Max Cady:Better scenery.
Diane Taylor:What would you know about scenery? Or beauty? Or any of the things that really make life worth living? You're just an animal: coarse, lustful, barbaric.
Max Cady:Keep right on talkin', honey. I like it when you run me down like that.
Diane Taylor:Max Cady, what I like about you is... you're rock bottom. I wouldn't expect you to understand this, but it's a great comfort for a girl to know she could not possibly sink any lower.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kick-Ass 2 (2013)See more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"You're Just An Animal!", 2 January 2000
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

One perverse individual can exploit his freedom by using it to encroach on someone else's. That is the problem with a society which cherishes personal liberty. The community has the dilemma of deciding whose freedom it ought to protect. At what point should the state intervene?

Today, modern democracies have anti-harrassment laws which carry criminal penalties, and there is also the civil remedy of an injunction with power of arrest, but back in the early 1960's a man who chose to make a nuisance of himself enjoyed wide latitude. It was difficult for the law to step in without infringing his civil and constitutional rights.

Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck) is a small-town attorney in the south-eastern United States. He has a lovely family and a nice home, and is well thought of by neighbours and colleagues alike. This American idyll is destroyed when a newly-released convict shows up, intent on harrassing Bowden. Some years back, the lawyer had appeared as a witness at this man's trial, and the convict bears an irrational grudge.

Max Cady is one of the cinema's great villains. Mitchum is irresistible as the heavy-eyed smart alec seething with sexual energy. Cady's sharp but warped intelligence is disturbing to behold (the way he obtains Bowden's vacation address is chillingly impressive). He begins to show up wherever Bowden goes, an ominous sarcastic presence to which no objection can be made, so long as he stays within the law. Cady's salient traits are placed before us right from the start of the film. He is completely callous (ignoring the girl who drops her books on the stairs) and a nasty sexual predator (picking up the waitress in the bowling alley).

"Cape Fear" is a taut, absorbing thriller. Mitchum's charisma fills the screen, and the dark eerie look (by Director of Photography Sam Leavitt) compounds the feeling of menace. The incidental music is excellent.

However, the film has some implausible ingredients. Why would a woman who has just been sexually degraded, and is clearly traumatised, be handed over by the police to the care of a private eye? (Charlie Sievers the gumshoe is played by Telly Savalas - with hair!) Would a criminal attorney really - no matter what the provocation - hire waterfront thugs to beat up a stalker? How come Sam's gun is still effective after being immersed in the river? Why doesn't Nancy's phone work? It is preposterous to suggest that Cady would waste time on the elaborate feint towards Peggy instead of pursuing his real victim. And how can it be that Cady can defeat three ruffians single-handed, overwhelm a police bodyguard with ease, yet fail to defeat Sam, even when armed with a stick?

Verdict - Allowing for the improbabilities, this is a well-made thriller with a magnificent performance by Mitchum.

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