Cape Fear (1962) - Plot Summary Poster


Plot Summary

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

    - Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>


A man (Robert Mitchum) enters a courthouse and asks for Sam Bowden. He watches Sam (Gregory Peck) in a trial...

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