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Cape Fear

3 Ratings: 4.3
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Cape Fear is a 1962 film about an attorney whose family is stalked by a criminal whom he helped to send to jail. It stars Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum as Max Cady, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin, Martin Balsam, Jack Kruschen, Telly Savalas, Paul Comi and … see full wiki

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release Date: April 18, 1962
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Cape Fear

Robert Mitchum in his unforgettable role as ex-con Max Cady.

  • Dec 20, 2008
Rating:
+5
The original 1962 version of "Cape Fear" just has to be one of the creepiest films I have ever seen.  An ex-con by the name of Max Cady (portrayed by Robert Mitchum) turns up to wreak havoc for the man who testified against him and sent him to prison for eight and a half years.  Cady is no dummy.   No sir.   He spent virtually all of his time in prison learning the law and plotting to get even with his accuser Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck).  He begins turning up everywhere and subtly hints that Sam had best keep an eye on his wife (Polly Bergen) and his young daughter Nancy. Sam turns turns to his friend the Police Chief (Martin Balsam) but he is virtually powerless to do anything to help. The tension builds throughout this film before the matter is finally resolved once and for all on a houseboat in the Cape Fear river. "Cape Fear" reminds me an awful lot of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.   Bernard Hermann, who was responsible for the music in a number of Hitchcock films, does a great job with the score for this one.   "Cape Fear" will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.     Very highly recommended!
Robert Mitchum in his unforgettable role as ex-con Max Cady.

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