Cape Fear (1991) Poster



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Remake of 

Cape Fear (1962)

Edited into 


Moana (1926)
Name of the boat at the end of the film
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
The boat at the end of Cape Fear is named Moana. This references the boat (and the themes of taboo) in Murnau's film. Murnau's collaborator on the picture, Robert J. Flaherty had previously produced a film titled Moana.
The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
Leigh refers to Perry Mason.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Leigh refers to Sam Spade.
Perry Mason (1957) (TV Series)
Leigh refers to Perry Mason.
Vertigo (1958)
Peter Gunn (1958) (TV Series)
Leigh refers to Peter Gunn.
Psycho (1960)
The Girl Hunters (1963)
Leigh refers to Mickey Spillane when she finds out about the private eye at dinner-in fact, Spillane played his own private eye Hammer in this film.
Dirty Harry (1971)
Leigh refers to Dirty Harry.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Miami Vice: The Cell Within (1989) (TV Episode)
One of the books seen in Max Cady's cell is The Cell Within by Jake Manning.

Referenced in 

Seinfeld: The Red Dot (1991) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Elaine
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992) (TV Special)
Announced as nominee.
Civil Wars: Tape Fear (1992) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Oi Treis Harites: Evdomi tehni: Part 2 (1992) (TV Episode)
The Player (1992)
In the opening shot, Jimmy Chase (Paul Hewitt) mistakes Alan Rudolph for Martin Scorsese and tells him, "Hey, I loved 'Cape Fear'."
Saturday Night Live: Sharon Stone/Pearl Jam (1992) (TV Episode)
mentioned on Weekend Update
Munchie (1992)
Billboard with poster seen for 2 seconds during car chase
Siskel & Ebert: Unlawful Entry/Pinocchio/A League of Their Own/Highway 61/The Adjuster (1992) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "Unlawful Entry" review.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) (TV Episode)
In imitation of Robert De Niro, Servo says, "Come out, come out, wherever you are."
Northern Exposure: Nothing's Perfect (1992) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned. One of the movies in Ed's VHS collection. Ed makes a point that he owns both versions of the film.
The Simpsons: Cape Feare (1993) (TV Episode)
Episode is named after it, music is based on the score.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) (TV Episode)
In imitation of Robert De Niro, Servo says, "Councilor!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Wild World of Batwoman (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "That you, student councilor?"
Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) (TV Episode)
Seen on video store shelf in 'Video Review'
Clerks (1994)
Poster is shown in a video store.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Code Name: Diamond Head (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow says, "Robert De Niro is clinging to the bottom of the car."
Just Cause (1995)
Mad About You: Cake Fear (1995) (TV Episode)
title reference
WWF Superstars: Episode dated 3 June 1995 (1995) (TV Episode)
Featured a vignette for Waylon Mercy, who was derived from Max Cady
WWE Raw: Episode #3.26 (1995) (TV Episode)
TV debut of Waylon Mercy, whose gimmick/character was based on the 1991 version of Max Cady
Se7en (1995)
The music score is direct reference to Cape Fear (when the detectives go to arrest Victor (Sin of Sloth)
Evil Ed (1995)
Poster on wall
Hamish Macbeth: A Perfectly Simple Explanation (1996) (TV Episode)
Lachie Jr. mentions the film by name.
The Fan (1996)
De Niro impersonates himself from that film
Face/Off (1997)
The Larry Sanders Show: Putting the 'Gay' Back in Litigation (1998) (TV Episode)
Larry says that Illeana Douglas worked in the movie
The Faculty (1998)
Constance (1998) (Video)
Sampled dialogue used in score throughout opening sequence.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Affirmative Action (2000) (TV Episode)
Music from this film is played while Larry and Cheryl are in a race to try to get her medication.
You Shoot, I Shoot (2001)
A poster of the film is shown hanging on a wall.
The Making of 'Cape Fear' (2001) (Video)
making of documentary for the movie
Enough (2002)
Inside the Actors Studio: Martin Scorsese (2002) (TV Episode)
Wrong Turn (2003)
The way Chris hides on the moving vehicle like Max Cady.
Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)
Music from Cape Fear used during chewing gum scene
The 24th Day (2004)
While the two leads play a trivia game with each other, they mention this movie.
Garfield (2004)
When Garfield is under Jon's car, it's a clear reference to Robert DeNiro's Max Cady on "Cape Fear".
Snowball Effect: The Story of 'Clerks' (2004) (Video)
The person laughing at the 37 quote from the Clerks movie during one of it's theater runs was refer to as Max Cady.
South Park: Pre-School (2004) (TV Episode)
the plot (person released from jail coming back for revenge), the weight lifting scene is parodied as Trent lifts Tinkertoys as weights
Hide and Seek (2005)
Come out come out whatever you are
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Blow Me (2005) (Short)
line in Theatre
The Benchwarmers (2006)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Departed (2006)
In this earlier film by Scorsese, villianous convict Max Cady is shown in cell, tattooed torso shirtless, doing dips. While imprisoned Costigan does the same exercise in his cell, also shirtless/tattooed.
Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
Oliver impersonates Max Cady saying, "Come out, come out, wherever you are."
South Park: Imaginationland: Episode II (2007) (TV Episode)
Max Cady briefly appears among the villains
Drillbit Taylor (2008)
Theme from "Cape Fear" used in principal's room
The Dark Knight (2008)
Scene in which The Joker hangs upside down while the camera's 180 degree spin.
Supernatural: Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester (2008) (TV Episode)
Dean paraphrases Robert DeNiro's line "Come out, come out wherever you are" in the same tone of voice.
Boogie, el aceitoso (2009)
Blackburn wants revenge on Boogie and he trains the same way Caddy does in Cape Fear
Castle: Love Me Dead (2009) (TV Episode)
Castle mentions "Cape Fear" by name - does impression which Ryan identifies as being of Robert DeNiro.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.137 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $2,000 clue in the category "Bad Guys"
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.133 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $10,000 question
American Pickers: Smooth Operators (2010) (TV Episode)
Movie poster is shown. Mike Wolfe mentions this movie by name
Saturday Night Live: Amy Poehler/Katy Perry (2010) (TV Episode)
A still from "Cape Fear" is shown in the "Actor II Actor" intro.
How I Met Your Mother: Cleaning House (2010) (TV Episode)
Robin mentions it.
Durch die Nacht mit...: Juliette Lewis und Crispin Glover (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Lewis
Hollywood's Top Ten: Best Actor Oscar Winners (2011) (TV Episode)
Lynda says Robert De Niro got nominated for best actor
Scream 4 (2011)
This film is mentioned in a deleted scene during a discussion on horror remakes.
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Juliette Lewis/Phil Rosenthal (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Phil Rosenthal.
Parásitos: Die Parasite with a Vengeance (2011) (TV Episode)
Don Ramiro imitates Max Cady
Machete Betty (2011) (Short)
Betty quotes Cape Fear as she searches the house for Desmond.
Castle: Cloudy with a Chance of Murder (2012) (TV Episode)
Castle states he tried to "pull a Cape Fear" to get away from Kristina Cottera
RuPaul's Drag Race: Lip Synch Extravaganza Eleganza (2013) (TV Episode)
While discussing Honey Mahogany's kaftan, RuPaul asks 'Juliette Lewis' if she's wearing a "cape fear" (referring to her kaftan).
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Butch calls John Reid "Councilor" several times, the same as Max Cady calls Sam Bowden. It is relevant because it is said by the films main antagonist, who is also a sadistic killer, to a lawyer who at one point is idealistic, but then loses his faith in the law
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown.
Neighbors (2014)
A Delta is dressed up as Max Cady for the Robert De Niro party.
Sam & Cat: #SuperPsycho (2014) (TV Episode)
The opening when Nora is working out in her cell is modeled after Cady working out in his cell
Rick and Morty: Ricksy Business (2014) (TV Episode)
Lucy the maid mentions the film
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jennifer Aniston/Bill Gates/Mario Batali (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy mentions the title and Robert De Niro during the Mets Bucket Hat Guy segment
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Robert De Niro/Ariana Grande/Duran Duran (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy does an impression of Robert De Niro's character
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Governor John Kasich/David Duchovny/Juliette Lewis/Michelle Wolf/Fab Moretti (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth as he introduces Juliette Lewis
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 August 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jen Lada
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 2 September 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk
Brimstone (2016)
During Q&A writer/director Koolhoven has said he looked at the structure of the opening.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.97 (2017) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue and correct response in "A Cameo Appearance" category
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.103 (2017) (TV Episode)
all Double Jeopardy! category names allude to Robert De Niro, including "Cape Fear"


All That Heaven Allows (1955)
The film is playing on television.
Problem Child (1990)
The Bowdens and Cady watch the film in the cinema.
The Cramps/Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon (1990) (Short)
On TV in Juliette Lewis's bedroom

Featured in 

The 64th Annual Academy Awards (1992) (TV Special)
1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) (TV Special)
Clip shown in quotes montage and in 'Best inanimate objects'
Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) (Video)
The Universal Story (1996) (TV Movie)
De Niro/Nolte confrontation and threat to family
The Making of 'Cape Fear' (2001) (Video)
Inside the Actors Studio: Martin Scorsese (2002) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Scorsese on Scorsese (2004) (TV Movie)
clips are shown
I Love the '90s: Part Deux: 1991 (2005) (TV Episode)
Footage from this is featured.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
Clip is shown.
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments (2006) (TV Mini-Series)
Clips are shown.
20 to 1: Movie Saints and Sinners (2007) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Max Cady.
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009) (TV Movie)
clip with Robert DeNiro and Illeana Douglas
Rich Hall's the Dirty South (2010) (TV Movie)
footage shown
Censuren - En thriller (2011) (TV Movie)
Clip shown and discussed
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.165 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip of Max Cady laughing in movie theater compared to Pumpcasting participant
Gogglebox: Episode #5.6 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.


To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Gregory Peck plays a Southern lawyer who wears a white suit.

Spoofed in 

The Ben Stiller Show: Pilot (1992) (TV Episode)
The movie is parodied as "Cape Munster"
Cape Rear (1992) (Video)
Video's title is a takeoff on the mainstream film's title from a year earlier.
Cape Lere (1992) (Video)
Video's title is a takeoff on the mainstream film's title.
The Simpsons: Cape Feare (1993) (TV Episode)
Sideshow Bob as released felon now after Bart. Sideshow Bob chases the family under the car, like Max does in the movie.
NileCity 105.6 (1995) (TV Mini-Series)
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book Four - Spoof of the Living Dead II (1995) (TV Movie)
The film uses the Cape Fear (1991) score music throughout and the scene where Detective Mandy and Mandy's Wife argue is a parody of the argument between Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange in Cape Fear, and is shot the same way,
Mousehunt (1997)
Seinfeld: The Bookstore (1998) (TV Episode)
Jerry has a dream that Uncle Leo has turned into Max Cady while in jail.
Love & Sex (2000)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Marvin the Martian hides under Bugs and Daffy's spaceship
Cape Fear XXX (2014) (Video)
Adult parody of the film.
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
Underside Car Ride

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