Cape Fear

Cape Fear

Martin Scorsese (1991)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This remake of the Robert Mitchum classic was an unashamed bid for box-office success by director Martin Scorsese. The film buffs denounced it, but, although it must be said it won't go down as one of his best, even average Scorsese is light years ahead of most Hollywood fodder. Robert De Niro takes the Mitchum role here, playing a vicious ex-convict who torments his former attorney Nick Nolte, believing Nolte betrayed him during his trial for a brutal sex crime. De Niro is way over the top as the Bible-babbling psychopath and fails to live up to Mitchum's cool evil. However, where Scorsese scores is in his portrayal of Nolte and his family (Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis): whereas in the original they were the embodiment of apple-pie American values, here they are falling apart at the seams. And, while the sickening violence will upset some, far more disturbing is the relationship between De Niro and the fascinated adolescent Lewis. Scorsese brings a dazzling array of cinematic techniques to the party and only loses his way in a crowd-pleasing but ludicrous finale. The original stars - Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam and Mitchum himself - pop up in cameo roles, and there is also strong support from Joe Don Baker.


A psychopathic rapist is released from prison after 14 years and plots revenge on the defence attorney he blames for his imprisonment. Subjecting the lawyer and his family to a terrifying campaign of intimidation, he uses his knowledge of the law to stay untouchable. Martin Scorsese's thriller remake, starring Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis, with cameo appearances by Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and Martin Balsam, who all appeared in the 1962 original.

Cast & Crew

Max Cady Robert De Niro
Sam Bowden Nick Nolte
Leigh Bowden Jessica Lange
Danielle Bowden Juliette Lewis
Claude Kersek Joe Don Baker
Lieutenant Elgart Robert Mitchum
Lee Heller Gregory Peck
Judge Martin Balsam
Lori Davis Illeana Douglas
Tom Broadbent Fred Dalton Thompson
Graciella Zully Montero
Director Martin Scorsese
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray