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      Cape Fear

      1962, Mystery & thriller, 1h 45m

      25 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      An exemplary thriller powered by Robert Mitchum's chilling performance and Bernard Herrmann's sinister score, Cape Fear seethes with perfectly modulated tension. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      After an eight-year prison sentence for rape, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) targets Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), one of the lawyers who sent him away. When Max finds Sam and his family, he begins a terrifying stalking spree, intending to ruin Sam's life. Desperate to protect his wife and daughter, Sam makes every effort to send Max back to jail. But when his attempts fail, Sam realizes that he must take matters into his own hands if he wants to rid his life of Max for good.

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: J. Lee Thompson

      • Producer: Sy Bartlett

      • Writer: John D. MacDonald, James R. Webb

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Distributor: Universal International Pictures

      • Production Co: Melville-Talbot Productions

      • Sound Mix: Mono

      • Aspect Ratio: 35mm

      Cast & Crew

      Gregory Peck
      Polly Bergen
      Lori Martin
      Martin Balsam
      Jack Kruschen
      Telly Savalas
      Barrie Chase
      John McKee
      Page Slattery
      Ward Ramsey
      Will Wright
      Norma Yost
      Thomas Newman
      James R. Webb
      Bernard Herrmann
      Sam Leavitt
      George Tomasini
      Robert F. Boyle
      Oliver Emert
      Mary Wills
      Virginia Darcy
      Frank Prehoda
      Thomas Tuttle
      Ernest B. Wehmeyer

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      • Oct 29, 2019

        Gripping melodrama that's produced to near perfection with the direction of J. Lee Thompson, the performance of Robert Mitchum, the cinematography of Sam Leavitt, and the score by Bernard Herrmann. The film has a Hitchcockian tone and in fact he was slated to direct and storyboarded the entire film but quit because of a dispute with the producer. Thompson, a big fan of Hitchcock, seems to pay homage to the filmmaker with this work.

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      • Aug 10, 2012

        Peck and Mitchum are great adversaries to one another, and I like that its a thriller that revolves around their characters opposing economic and social backgrounds as much as the endless cycle of vengeance and harassment between them. Bernard Herrmann's score is one for the ages.

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      • Jun 02, 2012

        It's not what he does ... it's what he may do. Mitchum gives elegance to one of the screen's worst creepy bad guys, conveying evil with his eyes, along with the screaming realization that he's gonna enjoy doing it. The battle between the forces of good versus the other has seldom been more clearly delineated.

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      • Jan 06, 2012

        This gets a near perfect score just from Robert Mitchum's performance along. My God, is that man made to play psychotics.

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