Cape Fear

Cape Fear

J Lee Thompson (1962)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Not the slick Martin Scorsese-directed remake, but the gripping and tension-laden original thriller about an embittered ex-con (Robert Mitchum) terrorising the frightened family of the meek lawyer (Gregory Peck) who put him in prison. Great shocks increase the climactic suspense, with Mitchum giving a portrayal of villainy that's unforgettably vicious and sadistic. Director J Lee Thompson's skilful use of light and shadow enhances the uncomfortable mood, while Bernard Herrmann's score counterpoints the growing dread with deft precision.


A sadistic ex-convict plays a cat-and-mouse game with the lawyer he holds responsible for sending him to jail, terrorising his victim's family while exploiting a new-found knowledge of the law to avoid prosecution for his actions. J Lee Thompson's thriller, starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Martin Balsam, Polly Bergen, Telly Savalas and Lori Martin.

Cast & Crew

Sam Bowden Gregory Peck
Max Cady Robert Mitchum
Mark Dutton Martin Balsam
Peggy Bowden Polly Bergen
Charles Sievers Telly Savalas
Nancy Bowden Lori Martin
Dave Grafton Jack Kruschen
Diane Taylor Barrie Chase
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray