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Cape Fear 1991 18

128 mins USA Director. Martin Scorsese

Scorsese’s remake of J Lee Thompson’s thriller – about a rapist released from prison and determined to take revenge on the family of the lawyer (Nick Nolte) he holds responsible for his conviction – heightens both the sadistic monstrosity of Max Cady (De Niro) and the various failings of his intended victims.

Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck and Martin Balsam, from the 1962 original, have fun cameos, but it’s Juliette Lewis who steals the show, with a performance of thumb-sucking notoriety.

While Scorsese retains Bernard Herrmann’s thunderous score, he presents clever twists on the story such as making Nolte’s character a liberal defence lawyer, targeted by Cady for perceived lack of effort, rather than the prosecutor of the original film. Scorsese may enjoy toying with the presumptions of both liberal and conservative notions of justice, but the director here is really in freewheeling mode, revelling in the story’s visceral thrills and the heightened mania of De Niro’s central performance.

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Directed by

Martin Scorsese

Featuring

Gregory Peck

Juliette Lewis

Robert Mitchum

Nick Nolte

Robert De Niro

Jessica Lange

Genres

Legal and Courtroom drama Thriller

Collection

Oscars - Best Supporting Role Oscars - Best Leading Role Closed Captions

Certificate

18 Contains strong violence, sexual violence and strong language

Released

1991

Country

USA

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