Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney/"Leave It to Beaver"-esque family-man. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss. Written by
This was Scorsese's first picture to be shot in 2.35 : 1 aspect ratio. See more »
The recorded threat was different to the actual threat made to Cady. See more »
My reminiscence. I always thought that for such a lovely river the name is mystifying: "Cape Fear". When the only thing to fear on those enchanted summer nights was that the magic would end and real life would come crashing in.
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Robert De Niro plays Max Cady, an illiterate criminal who has been
imprisoned for fourteen years on rape and battery charges. Nick Nolte
plays Sam Bowden, Cady's lawyer who intentionally buried a valuable
document, which may have allowed Cady's prison sentence to be
significantly shorter. Cady learns to read while in prison. He starts
with 'See Spot Run,' then proceeds to study law books. Cady's rage and
desire for revenge grows with each additional day that he is in prison.
Although Cady's original prison sentence was only eight years, it is
increased to fourteen years due to battery of another inmate. He
memorizes the Bible and tattoos his body with scripture referring to
vengeance. When Cady is finally released from prison, he immediately
seeks out Bowden and his family. Cady has become a scripture slinging
psychopath hell bent on revenge. The director Martin Scorsese is
attempting to prove that everyone has skeletons in their closet. Bowden
might appear to be a terrific lawyer and loving family man on the
surface, but underneath the perfect image lies a cheating husband and
corrupt lawyer. Scorsese also shows how powerful the emotion of revenge
can be and how it can distort ones version of what is right and wrong.
Scorsese demonstrates this by showing Cady's knowledge of scripture and
his acceptance of the terror that he is inflicting on the Bowden
family. Scorsese's use of cameo appearances by Robert Mithcum and
Gregory Peck was brilliant. The fact that they played such opposite
roles in the original film was an interesting twist. I enjoyed the
original 1962 version more than this remake, but I feel that the blood
being in color definitely added to the terror that this film inflicts.
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