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Cape Fear (1991)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Max Cady
... Sam Bowden
... Leigh Bowden
... Danielle Bowden
... Claude Kersek
... Lieutenant Elgart
... Lee Heller
... Judge
... Lori Davis
... Tom Broadbent
Zully Montero ... Graciella
Craig Henne ... Prisoner
Forest Burton ... Prisoner
Edgar Allan Poe IV ... Prisoner
... Prisoner
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Storyline

Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte)is a small-town corporate attorney/"Leave It to Beaver" type family-man. Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, 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 James Craver

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The Bowden family has moved to New Essex. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cabo de miedo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$79,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,200,000
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Trivia

DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Martin Scorsese): (mother): Fruit stand customer. 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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Later half of the credits are played to the sound of nighttime crickets. See more »


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I Think We're Alone Now
Written by Ritchie Cordell
Performed by Robert De Niro
(Max Cady (DeNiro) sings a line from this tune to Danny (Juliette Lewis) during their meeting at her school)
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An intense remake
29 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Max Cady comes haunting the Bowden family- just like he did three decades earlier.Cape Fear (1991) is a remake to the 1962 version.It's directed by Martin Scorsese.This is a remake that really works.It's just as intense as was the first one.And the actors are just as good.Robert De Niro plays the ex convict, convicted rapist Max Cady.Robert Mitchum, who played the character earlier plays Lieutenant Elgart this time.Nick Nolte is Sam Bowden.Gregory Peck was him in the 60's version, he's Lee Heller now.Jessica Lange is Leigh Bowden and Juliette Lewis is the daughter Danielle.Joe Don Baker plays Claude Kersek.Ileana Douglas plays Lori Davis.Actor/politician Fred Dalton Thompson is Tom Broadbent.Also Martin Balsam, who played Police Chief Mark Dutton in the original version appears here as Judge.This movie contains a lot of great stuff.Those moments at the house boat are pretty thrilling, with the psychopath out there to get you.Watch this movie, alongside the original and have some tense moments.


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