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

Director:

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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The Bowden family has moved to New Essex. 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

The thick accent Robert De Niro used to play Max Cady reportedly gave Martin Scorsese the creeps. As a joke, De Niro would call Scorsese's house, leaving voicemails as Cady. See more »

Goofs

Repeatedly reflected in Cady's sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

[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 Eldorado: Episode #1.147 (1993) See more »

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Fife and Drum / Yankee Doodle Dandy
(Traditional, played during Fourth of July parade scene)
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Very Solid Film
17 November 2001 | by odor007See all my reviews

There are so many positive things to say about this film I don't know where to begin. Juliette Lewis was incredible, De Niro was just as fantastic as always, Nick Nolte was great, and Scorsese did one of his best direction jobs ever. Scorsese took the original film which was shot in a black and white, dead-pan style, and did just the opposite--great camera angles, fantastic effects, and beautiful colors. He is truly a master of film. This film solved some of the problems that the first one had, but kept the suspense and action. The movie does have graphic violence, but it is not overdone--only enough to show the true mental state of Max Cady (De Niro). Overall this film is a must see, and should especially not be missed for De Niro and Scorsese fans.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (as Dolby Stereo SR)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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