Cape Fear


Cape Fear

Overview:

Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic 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.

Votes 673 (7/10)

Runtime: 128 minutes

Release Date 1991-11-15

Budget: $35,000,000.00

Revenue: $182,300,000.00

Tagline: There is nothing in the dark that isn't there in the light. Except fear.

Production company:

  • Universal Pictures
  • Amblin Entertainment
  • Cappa Productions
  • Tribeca Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Crime
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Max Cady
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Sam Bowden
Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
Leigh Bowden
Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
Danielle Bowden
Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis
Claude Kersek
Joe Don Baker
Joe Don Baker
Lieutenant Elgart
Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
Lee Heller
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
Lori Davis
Illeana Douglas
Illeana Douglas
Tom Broadbent
Fred Dalton Thompson
Fred Dalton Thompson
Graciella
Zully Montero
Zully Montero
Judge
Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
Prisoner
Craig Henne
Craig Henne
Prisoner
Edgar Allan Poe IV
Edgar Allan Poe IV
Corrections Officer
Antoni Corone
Antoni Corone
Racquetball Colleague
Roger Pretto
Roger Pretto
Racquetball Colleague
Parris Buckner
Parris Buckner
Detective
Will Knickerbocker
Will Knickerbocker
Waitress
C.C. Costigan
C.C. Costigan
Danny's Girlfriend
Domenica Cameron-Scorsese
Domenica Cameron-Scorsese
Big man
Billy D. Lucas
Billy D. Lucas
Big Man #3
Ken Collins
Ken Collins
Ticket agent
Linda Perri
Linda Perri
Fruitstand Customer
Catherine Scorsese
Catherine Scorsese
Fruitstand Customer
Charles Scorsese
Charles Scorsese
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Ken Waters
Ken Waters
Woman Watching Cady Get Out from Under the Car (uncredited)
Esther Rolle
Esther Rolle
Ice Cream Cashier
Tamara Jones
Tamara Jones
Director of Photography
Freddie Francis
Freddie Francis
Editor
Thelma Schoonmaker
Thelma Schoonmaker
Casting
Ellen Lewis
Ellen Lewis
Set Decoration
Alan Hicks
Alan Hicks
Director
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
Novel
John D. MacDonald
John D. MacDonald
Screenplay
Wesley Strick
Wesley Strick
Art Direction
Jack G. Taylor Jr.
Jack G. Taylor Jr.
Screenplay
John D. MacDonald
John D. MacDonald
Producer
Barbara De Fina
Barbara De Fina
Producer
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Executive Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
Kathleen Kennedy
Executive Producer
Frank Marshall
Frank Marshall
Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Music
Bernard Herrmann
Bernard Herrmann
Costume Design
Rita Ryack
Rita Ryack
Hairstylist
Lyndell Quiyou
Lyndell Quiyou
Music Editor
Kathy Durning
Kathy Durning
Production Design
Henry Bumstead
Henry Bumstead
Hairstylist
Donna Battersby Greene
Donna Battersby Greene
Makeup Artist
Dorothy J. Pearl
Dorothy J. Pearl
Hairstylist
Edouard F. Henriques
Edouard F. Henriques
Makeup Artist
Edouard F. Henriques
Edouard F. Henriques
Makeup Artist
Elizabeth Lambert
Elizabeth Lambert
Still Photographer
Phillip V. Caruso
Phillip V. Caruso
Gaffer
Gene Engels
Gene Engels
Rigging Gaffer
William Hines
William Hines
Script Supervisor
Corey B. Yugler
Corey B. Yugler
Stunt Coordinator
Leon Delaney
Leon Delaney
Special Effects Coordinator
J.B. Jones
J.B. Jones
Dialogue Editor
Marissa Littlefield
Marissa Littlefield
Supervising Sound Editor
Skip Lievsay
Skip Lievsay
Camera Operator
Gordon Hayman
Gordon Hayman
Assistant Director
Joseph P. Reidy
Joseph P. Reidy
Casting
Ellen Jacoby
Ellen Jacoby
Assistant Costume Designer
Kathleen Gerlach
Kathleen Gerlach
Makeup Effects
Neal Martz
Neal Martz
Stunts
Don Pulford
Don Pulford
Publicist
Dianne E. Collins
Dianne E. Collins

Eky

Meet Max Cady, the most terrific villain role De Niro ever played simply because he successfully portrayed a crook who possesses a very complex personality of being stone-cold, violent, absolutely merciless, also on the other hand quite witty and charismatic to ever lure Danielle Bowden (Juliette Lewis) into his trap when he pretended to be her drama teacher so convincingly. Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear tells the story of a brutal rapist who waited for so long just to be able to avenge his wrath towards Attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) for he believed that Bowden could have done much better in defending for his case. This film is well-told with so many suspense elements through some shocking events throughout the film. Cape Fear is one of the examples of film whose remake, in some ways, considered outwits the original one produced in 1962 starred Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck. This is quite understandable remembering the remake was filmed many years later, with sufficient advancements in technology and financial supports. In Cape Fear, De Niro managed to portray the chilling Max Cady successfully. He had a best-laid plan to avenge his disappointments/hatred towards Bowden by studying laws in prison just to be able to find the flaws that in the end shall leave him untouchable by the law. Sometimes it’s amazing to understand how an actor/actress willing to go through for the sake of a role. Robert De Niro paid a dentist $5,000 to make his teeth look suitably bad for the role of Max Cady whereas right after filming, he paid $20,000 to have them fixed. De Niro migh have been spectacular in portraying Cady but we also have to consider how remarkable and superb were Peck and Mitchum.

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