Cape Fear (1991)

Cape Fear (1991)
  • Time: 128 min
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange


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.


  • Jumped at the chance to re-watch this after many years as part of a revenge series at my local cinema.

    In a nutshell, Robert De Niro is the best thing about this film, and his portrayal of the psychotic Max Cady is a real treat to behold – especially in the earlier parts of the film. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast can’t match up to him, and Juliette Lewis in particular as the hounded family’s teenage daughter has real trouble playing young enough to be convincing.

    The film has dated, generally in a good way, but the garishness felt over-the-top on occasion. I liked the fact that all the characters had some moral ambiguity, although this is clearly not a film that goes for subtlety or complex plot points.

    All in all, a classic 80s thriller, but I’m looking forward to renting the original 1962 film upon which this is based, which I suspect may be better overall (Gregory Peck as Sam Bowden!)

  • A remake of the 1962 film of the same name, “Cape Fear” directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, is a must see, for it’s captivating story as well as the execution. Also, the performances are amazing in here!
    A terrifying performance by De Niro as a psychopath Max Cady, he really steals the show and is creepy as hell. Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, and especially Juliette Lewis also delivered strong performances of the Bowden family.

    The film holds your attention throughout and doesn’t bore at all. The music, plot, dialogs and De Niro’s dialog delivery and acting, all of them make the movie really enjoyable and frightening.
    Also, the movie says a lot without dialogs at a lot of places. The tattoos, the actions, the scribbling on the walls, on the car, the mention of some historical books, etc. keep throwing messages throughout the movie.

    Overall, Martin Scorsese’s direction is brilliant, and Robert De Niro gives an unforgettable performance. This is a fantastic movie, maybe not Scorsese’s best, but great nonetheless. Definitely worth a watch, this is what a thriller should look like!

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