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Cape Fear

  • Drama
  • 1962
  • J Lee Thompson
  • 101 mins
  • X

Summary

Classic thriller starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. When Max Cady, a sadistic sex offender, is finally released from prison he has one plan: revenge on Sam Bowden, the respected small-town lawyer he blames for his conviction. He begins a campaign of terror against Bowden and his family.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Sam BowdenGregory Peck
Max CadyRobert Mitchum
Peggy BowdenPolly Bergen
Nancy BowdenLori Martin
Mark DuttonMartin Balsam
Dave GraftonJack Kruschen
Charles SieversTelly Savalas
Diane TaylorBarrie Chase
GarnerPaul Comi
MarconiJohn McKee
Deputy KersekPage Slattery
Officer BrownWard Ramsey
JudgeEdward Platt
Dr PearsallWill Wright

Crew

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DirectorJ Lee Thompson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Guidance
Contains violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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