• Cape Fear (1991)

Cape Fear

Release Date: 1991

DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2001

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

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Tribeca Productions

Keywords: Father, Suspenseful, Revenge, 1990s, Rivalry, Daughter, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    TV Guide Magazine

    An exercise in audience manipulation, with every frame designed to stagger the senses. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Impressive moviemaking, showing Scorsese as a master of a traditional Hollywood genre. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie BaumgartenAustin Chronicle

    If this is Scorsese's bid for the commercial big time, then let the cash registers ring. show more

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture