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Cape Fear (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 2 July 1962 (Japan)
A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

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... Sam Bowden
... Max Cady
... Peggy Bowden
... Nancy Bowden
... Police Chief Mark Dutton
... Attorney Dave Grafton
... Private Detective Charles Sievers
... Diane Taylor
... Garner
John McKee ... Officer Marconi
Page Slattery ... Deputy Kersek
Ward Ramsey ... Officer Brown
... Judge
... Dr. Pearsall
... Waitress
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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>

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Their ordeal of terror triggers the screen's most savage war of nerves! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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J. Lee Thompson had always envisioned the film in black and white prior to production. As an Alfred Hitchcock fan, he wanted to have Hitchcockian elements in the film, such as unusual lighting angles, an eerie musical score, closeups, and subtle hints rather than graphic depictions of the violence Cady has in mind for the family. See more »

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When Sam is at the boat dock he goes into the shop and gets some thinner. As he is leaving the shop he has the thinner in his left hand. Then when he confronts Caty the thinner is gone and then he takes his daughter down the stairs the thinner is never seen again. See more »

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Sam Bowden: It's a mistake to teach women how to tell time. They always use it against you.
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Referenced in Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Lesleh Donaldson (2014) See more »

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Effective and somewhat ahead of it's time
6 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

There's nothing worse than a con who knows his way around the law,and exploits that knowledge to the hilt.Robert Mitchum does this very expertly in the original and best version of Cape Fear.You want to reach out and strangle him,but he is within the law,so you can't.This is the appeal of this film.It's the fuel that keeps it going from start to finish.Along with Mitchum,we have Gregory Peck as the tormented lawyer who sent Mitchum's character,Max Cady to jail for rape years earlier. Having studied law while behind bars,Cady's only intent with his gathering of this knowledge,is to torment Sam Bowden(Peck) and his family.It all leads to a classic finish.I truly believe that this film was a precursor to the thriller films of today.It was a sign of things to come in the cinematic world.It was way ahead of it's time.Worthy of note here is Robert Mitchum's ability to improvise almost to the point of becoming his character.The scene where he cracks the egg with his bare hand was not scripted,and the look of surprise on Polly Bergen's face was indeed real.Outstanding film.


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