Cape Fear

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Overview

After an eight-year prison term for rape and assault, Max Cady Robert Mitchum is set free. Immediately making a beeline to Sam Bowden Gregory Peck, the former prosecutor responsible for Cady's conviction, Cady laconically informs Sam that he intends to "pay back" the attorney for his years behind bars. Conducting a meticulous campaign of terror, Cady is careful to stay within the law. Sam, realizing that Cady intends to wreak vengeance by raping the attorney's wife Polly Bergen and daughter Lori Martin, tries to ...
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Overview

After an eight-year prison term for rape and assault, Max Cady Robert Mitchum is set free. Immediately making a beeline to Sam Bowden Gregory Peck, the former prosecutor responsible for Cady's conviction, Cady laconically informs Sam that he intends to "pay back" the attorney for his years behind bars. Conducting a meticulous campaign of terror, Cady is careful to stay within the law. Sam, realizing that Cady intends to wreak vengeance by raping the attorney's wife Polly Bergen and daughter Lori Martin, tries to put the ex-criminal behind bars, but has no grounds to do so. Chief Dutton Martin Balsam tries to help Sam with a few strong-arm tactics, but succeeds only in having the courts take Cady's side in the matter. Things come to a head when Sam moves his family to the "safety" of a remote houseboat on Cape Fear river. Cady shows up unannounced and is about to ravage Bowden's wife and daughter and when Sam turns the tables.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An unusually daring thriller that inspired controversy upon its theatrical release in 1962, Cape Fear broke new ground in its cinematic depiction of terrorization with sadistic and sexual components. Robert Mitchum portrays the villain superbly, bringing quiet menace to his depiction of the cruel ex-convict bent on revenge. The object of his terror is a small-town Georgia lawyer played by Gregory Peck as initially stolid but eventually unnerved who he believes is responsible for his imprisonment. When Peck learns that Mitchum's scheme threatens his wife Polly Bergen and teenage daughter Lori Martin, he's moved to consideration of unusual precautions -- including, if necessary, murder. Next to 1961's Guns of Navaronein which Peck also starred, Cape Fear is easily the best film directed by J. Lee Thompson, a prolific, competent, but generally uninspired journeyman who took John D. MacDonald's pulpy novel The Executioners and adapted it into a cinematic classic of riveting suspense. Taut and gripping, its Hitchcockian verisimilitude enhanced by a suitably eerie Bernard Herrmann score, Cape Fear is the progenitor of literally hundreds of subsequent movies and TV shows that have mined the same vein. And even though others have hit paydirt, this is the one that struck the mother lode. The DVD offers a documentary covering the film's production, along with still galleries, production notes, cast and director highlights, trailers, and DVD-ROM content.
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Robert Mitchum, one of the screen's most ruthless figures, was most menacing when he was most amiable. His role as Max Cady in Cape Fear (the role reprised by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake) comes in second in the sinister sweepstakes only to his chilling performance for Charles Laughton in Night of the Hunter seven years earlier. Mitchum's Cady is every father's and husband's worst nightmare: an untouchable, unstoppable, unrepentant corrupter of innocence. . .all with a sadistic smirk. Gregory Peck is cast obviously as the upright and proper father. Director J. Lee Thompson clearly envisioned Cape Fear as a 1962 challenge to the fading Fifties concept of the perfect nuclear family. Coming off the success of The Guns of Navarone, Thompson significantly scaled back his scope for this drama, and even the fight scenes at the end have a subdued, almost still aspect. A special note has to be given to Bernard Herrmann's haunting score, which ranks with his memorable scores for Vertigo and Psycho.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2013
  • UPC: 025192184130
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Slip Sleeve
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,208

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Sam Bowden
Robert Mitchum Max Cady
Polly Bergen Peggy Bowden
Lori Martin Nancy
Martin Balsam Chief Dutton
Jack Kruschen Dave Grafton
Telly Savalas Charles Sievers
Barrie Chase Diane Taylor
Paul Comi Garner
John R. McKee Officer Marconi
Page Slattery Deputy Kersek
Edward Platt Judge
Will Wright Dr. Pearsall
Joan Staley Waitress
Mack Williams Dr. Lowney
Thomas Newman Lt. Gervasi
Alan Reynolds Vernon
Herb Armstrong Waiter
Allan Ray Young Blade
Paul Levitt Police Operator
Ward Ramsey Officer Brown
Jack Richardson Deputy
Al Silvani Man
Josephine Smith Librarian
Technical Credits
J. Lee Thompson Director
Sy Bartlett Producer
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Ray Gosnell Jr. Asst. Director
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Frank Prehoda Makeup
George Tomasini Editor
Tom Tuttle Makeup
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
James R. Webb Screenwriter
Ernest B. Wehmeyer Production Manager
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer
John D. MacDonald Source Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    really great. and REALLY scary too! especially the part when Cady walks into Sam's wife's room when Sam isn't there, and the part when Peck's character is almost drowned by Cady.

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