A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

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Martin Scorsese

Writers:

John D. MacDonald (novel), James R. Webb (earlier screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Max Cady
Nick Nolte ... Sam Bowden
Jessica Lange ... Leigh Bowden
Juliette Lewis ... Danielle Bowden
Joe Don Baker ... Claude Kersek
Robert Mitchum ... Lieutenant Elgart
Gregory Peck ... Lee Heller
Martin Balsam ... Judge
Illeana Douglas ... Lori Davis
Fred Thompson ... Tom Broadbent (as Fred Dalton Thompson)
Zully Montero Zully Montero ... Graciella
Craig Henne Craig Henne ... Prisoner
Forest Burton Forest Burton ... Prisoner
Edgar Allan Poe IV Edgar Allan Poe IV ... Prisoner
Rod Ball ... Prisoner
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Storyline

Imprisoned for brutally assaulting a young girl, Max Cady spends his time in jail wisely - reading literature, sculpting his body to perfection and planning his violent revenge on the defence lawyer who put him behind bars. After serving his fourteen year sentence, Cady is released from prison and his rampage begins. Written by BecksyKane

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Sam Bowden has always provided for his family's future. But the past is coming back to haunt them. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Max Cady tells Bowden to "check out the Bible, Counselor, the Book between Esther and Psalms," he's referring to the Book of Job. This is its placement in the Christian Bible. In the original Hebrew Bible, the Book of Job is in between Proverbs and Song of Songs, the latter being the first of the Five Megillot (Scrolls). See more »

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At the parade, Danny talks to her father but her lips are not moving. See more »

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[first lines]
Danielle: 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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Crazy Credits

Later half of the credits are played to the sound of nighttime crickets. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: When the movie was originally shown on network television, the blood left by Kersek's killing was optically removed by censors and replaced by a clean tile floor. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 August 2016 (2016) See more »

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Patience
Written and Performed by Guns N' Roses (as Guns N'Roses)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Cape Fear
15 February 2021 | by auuwwsSee all my reviews

No medium horror was not terrifying, but it was interesting, most of the characters in the movie prepared by Robert De Niro's character were medium or bad, the story of the film was intense at first, but after a period of watching I lost my interest in his story, I became waiting for the end of the film, the acting was not excellent prepared by Robert D. Nero, who is according to me, is the best actor in the cinema, my rating is 6.9


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cape Fear See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,261,025, 17 November 1991

Gross USA:

$79,091,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,291,969
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (as Dolby Stereo SR)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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