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Cape Fear

R| 2 hr. 8 min.

Plot Summary
When attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) knowingly withholds evidence that would acquit violent sex offender Max Cady (Robert De Niro) of rape charges, Max spends 14 years in prison. But after Max's release, knowing about Sam's deceit, he devotes his life to stalking and destroying the Bowden family. When practical attempts to stop Max fail, Sam realizes that he must act outside the law to protect his wife and daughter in Martin Scorsese's remake of the classic 1962 thriller.

Cast: Robert De Niro , Nick Nolte , Jessica Lange , Juliette Lewis , Joe Don Baker , Robert Mitchum , Gregory Peck , Martin Balsam

Director: Martin Scorsese

Genres: Thriller

Distributor: MCA/Universal Pictures [us], Universal Pictures, Universal Home Entertainment

Cape Fear (1991)

Release Date: November 13th, 1991|2 hr. 8 min.

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    Cape Fear is a star-studded, fantastically chilling film: incredible actors, a terrifying idea, and an altogether perfect movie. An insane ex-convict strategically stalks his former lawyer’s family. Yet this film isn’t in the horror category – it’s only categorized as a thriller. Robert De Niro stars as the dangerous ex-con Max Cady, although he isn’t the only famous face. Nick Nolte plays the lawyer Sam Bowden who originally defended him; Jessica Lange shines as Leigh, the terrified wife; Juliette Lewis is Danielle, the troubled teenage daughter. Unfortunately, she seems to be in the most danger with Max. Martin Scorsese is the brilliant mind who directed this incredible terror. I’ve seen millions of movies with dull or just outright stupid plots. Even some that change the plot within forty minutes of the movie. However, this plot contains just the right amount of scare and the right amount of suspense. Max Cady, the ex-con, stalks his former lawyer’s family after the lawyer betrayed him, sending him into fourteen years of jail. When the Bowdens’ life intertwines with Max’s life for the first time in the film, it’s perfect. Munching popcorn at a movie theater, the happy little family hears Max laughing uproariously behind them for no apparent reason. Sam Bowden asks him politely to stop, but Max ignores his requests. It reveals Max’s insanity and the fact that something awful is in stock for the Bowdens. Break the plot down, and you find that the best part may be the suspense. It’s created expertly in this film without the addition of blood or gore. You never know what will happen next. I couldn’t stop watching. I had a few thoughts about the next scene, and yet they were never right. Not even once. All I can say is, the scene with the maid is the absolute worst. You don’t suspect anything in that one particular scene, and yet that’s the one scene where you’ll end up screaming. All in all, Cape Fear is a magnificent movie. Even you haters of horror will love it. All the characters have their own little stories, yet it’s simply impossible to be confused. This is honestly one of my favorite movies, and it will most likely be yours too. The anger and ter

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