Cape Fear

Cape Fear

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Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

     
 

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Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear provided the director with a box-office success to follow up the critical success of the previous year's Goodfellas. After serving a lengthy prison sentence for a sexual assault, Max Cady (Robert De Niro) comes calling on the man who served as his public defender, Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). Max begins a campaign ofSee more details below

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Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear provided the director with a box-office success to follow up the critical success of the previous year's Goodfellas. After serving a lengthy prison sentence for a sexual assault, Max Cady (Robert De Niro) comes calling on the man who served as his public defender, Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). Max begins a campaign of harassment against the man and his family because Bowden buried a report that would have in all likelihood acquitted Cady of the charges against him. Bowden's shaky ethics continue in his personal life as he is considering beginning an extramarital affair with colleague Lori Davis (Illeana Douglas), since he and his wife, Leigh (Jessica Lange) have had a difficult time coming back together since he has admitted to previous indiscretions. Cady infiltrates the family most insidiously by cultivating a relationship with the Bowden's troubled teenage daughte, Danielle (Juliette Lewis), who is all the more susceptible to Cady's advances because of her parents' problems. Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, the stars of the original film, have cameo appearances in this version of Cape Fear. De Niro and Lewis were both nominated for Academy Awards for their work in the film.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A smart and stylish remake of J. Lee Thompson's suspenseful 1962 thriller, the 1991 Cape Fear owes its effectiveness to Martin Scorsese's dynamic direction and the squirm-inducing performance of his longtime collaborator Robert De Niro. De Niro portrays the sadistic ex-con, a role Robert Mitchum essayed in the original, who terrorizes not only the small-town lawyer (Nick Nolte) whom he blames for his lengthy incarceration but the lawyer's wife (Jessica Lange) and daughter (Juliette Lewis) as well. Scorsese's bravura handling of the material reflects contemporary cinema's permissiveness; the sadism is explicit, and there's a pronounced element of sexual menace -- especially in De Niro's befriending of the unsuspecting Lewis -- that's only suggested in the original. The final, graphically violent confrontation between Nolte and De Niro, too, goes way beyond Thompson's climax and steers Scorsese's version into horror-movie territory. Undeniably brutal, this Cape Fear is primarily noteworthy for its felicitous reteaming of Scorsese and De Niro, the most creatively rewarding director-star combination in modern movie history. The DVD Special Edition includes interviews with both men (along with other cast members), along with a "making of" documentary, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, production notes, reproductions of matte paintings, and DVD-ROM content.
All Movie Guide
Emphasizing dark brutality and family dysfunction, Martin Scorsese reconceived the early-'60s noir thriller Cape Fear (1991) for the far more jaded '90s. Rather than an attack on familial bliss, rapist Max Cady's vendetta against the Bowdens brings the existing rot to the surface; the diseased justice system provides an assist in the person of not only Nick Nolte's ex-public defender and philandering husband Sam Bowden, but also a slyly recast Gregory Peck as Cady's new attorney, and Robert Mitchum as a sheriff. The latent corruption reaches a peak in the creepy "seduction" scene between Robert De Niro's Cady and Juliette Lewis' Danielle Bowden; rather than a threatened innocent, she is a nubile, willing accomplice in Cady's game. Though Cady's Biblical vengeance, hellfire and brimstone tattoos, and legitimate beef with Sam initially make him a compelling villain, the over-the-top violence and horror movie grossness ultimately undermine the story's chilling elements, turning it into a rote genre piece that pales next to Scorsese's earlier work. Executed with technical aplomb, complete with Bernard Herrmann's original 1962 score recreated by Elmer Bernstein, Cape Fear became Scorsese's biggest box-office success (and fodder for a hilarious parody on TV's The Simpsons). Lucia Bozzola
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Emphasizing dark brutality and family dysfunction, Martin Scorsese reconceived the early-'60s noir thriller Cape Fear (1991) for the far more jaded '90s. Rather than an attack on familial bliss, rapist Max Cady's vendetta against the Bowdens brings the existing rot to the surface; the diseased justice system provides an assist in the person of not only Nick Nolte's ex-public defender and philandering husband Sam Bowden, but also a slyly recast Gregory Peck as Cady's new attorney, and Robert Mitchum as a sheriff. The latent corruption reaches a peak in the creepy "seduction" scene between Robert De Niro's Cady and Juliette Lewis' Danielle Bowden; rather than a threatened innocent, she is a nubile, willing accomplice in Cady's game. Though Cady's Biblical vengeance, hellfire and brimstone tattoos, and legitimate beef with Sam initially make him a compelling villain, the over-the-top violence and horror movie grossness ultimately undermine the story's chilling elements, turning it into a rote genre piece that pales next to Scorsese's earlier work. Executed with technical aplomb, complete with Bernard Herrmann's original 1962 score recreated by Elmer Bernstein, Cape Fear became Scorsese's biggest box-office success (and fodder for a hilarious parody on TV's The Simpsons).
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Cape Fear is impressive moviemaking, showing Scorsese as a master of a traditional Hollywood genre who is able to mold it to his own themes and obsessions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2011
UPC:
0025192072888
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
21,645

Special Features

The making of Cape Fear ; Deleted scenes; Behind the scenes of the fourth of July parade ; On the set of the houseboat; Photo montage

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Max Cady
Nick Nolte Sam Bowden
Jessica Lange Leigh Bowden
Juliette Lewis Danielle Bowden
Joe Don Baker Claude Kersek
Illeana Douglas Lori Davis
Robert Mitchum Lieutenant Elgart
Gregory Peck Lee Heller
Martin Balsam Judge
Rod Ball Prisoner
W. Paul Bodie Prisoner
Parris Buckner Racquetball Colleague
Forest Burton Prisoner
Kate Colburn Waitress
Ken Collins 3rd Big Man
Antoni Coroner Corrections Officer
Jackie Davis Jimmy the Dockmaster
Chad Dowdell Jim (uncredited)
Paul Froehler Parade Watcher
Robert L. Gerlach Arresting Officer
Craig Henne Prisoner
Bruce E. Holdstein Arresting Officer
Tamara Jones Ice Cream Cashier
Will Knickerbocker Detective
Joel Kolker Corrections Officer
Ellen Lewis Actor
Billy Lucas 2nd Big Man
Zully Montero Graciella
Margot Moreland Secretary
Elizabeth Moyer Ticket Agent
Paul Nagle Parade Watcher
Mary Ellen O'Brien Parade Watcher
Linda Perri Ticket Agent
Edgar Poe Prisoner
Roger Pretto Racquetball Colleague
Catherine Scorsese Fruit Stand Customer
Charles Scorsese Fruit Stand Customer
Domenica Scorsese Dani's Girlfriend
Garr Stevens 1st Big Man
Fred Dalton Thompson Tom Broadbent
Richard Wasserman Parade Watcher
Jodie Wilson Parade Watcher

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Jack Gammon Taylor Art Director
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Elizabeth Lambert Makeup
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Wesley Strick Screenwriter
James R. Webb Screenwriter
John Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
John D. MacDonald Source Author
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Elmer Bernstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Barbara de Fina Producer
Steven Spielberg Producer
Deborah Lee Production Manager
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
J.B. Jones Special Effects
Leon Delaney Stunts

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