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Movie : Cape Fear

Max Cady gets out of prison and seeks out the attorney that suppressed evidence that led to his conviction. He has one thing in mind, to get payback for the time he served. Revenge is the focus.

Right from the opening sequence and the ominous soundtrack this film had me. Martin Scorsese’s remake does it for me. Love the way it’s shot with a nod to Hitchcock. Scorsese does not let up on the tension. He just keeps building it. You feel it escalating to a breaking point. He really does put you in the emotion of the story.

The cast is very good. Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck and Martin Balsam all return from the original to take roles. Joe Don Baker and Illeana Douglass give some very good support.

The Bowden family is perfectly cast. Juliette Lewis as Danielle is fantastic as the teenage daughter, bringing all sorts of layers to her character. Jessica Lange turns in a strong performance and is totally in the moment of every scene she’s in. Lots of sexual tension with these characters.. Nick Nolte as Sam Bowden gives more of his strong work. You really feel his world coming apart. The stress, the fear, guilt are all there but Nolte also gives us his reason for screwing Cady. He stands into it all.

Robert DeNiro is relentless in his performance. He doesn’t waver. He is one scary guy. CB was just glad he wasn’t after him. His Cady is violent and relentless. He is one badass.

So many strong scenes. The actors really engage and are present in the circumstances. One of the reasons I liked this film so much.

Cape Fear was written by John D MacDonald ( A CB fave). Lots of suspense and tension galore. The film is creepy good. Bordering on a full out horror flick. It might go a little over the top at the end but it works for me and is well shot. Oh yeah there’s a great cigar scene in the film.

“Do you believe that annoying loser guy”

42 comments on “Movie : Cape Fear

  1. hanspostcard
    December 27, 2020

    Yesterday a friend and I were talking movies- and we got on the topic of Robert Mitchum and then switched over to comparing both versions of Cape Fear! Both movies were outstanding- but we agreed that DeNiro’s Max Cady was one of the most frightening characters in movie history.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 27, 2020

      I think we have talked Mitchum before. I thought his Cady was good also. More subtle. DeNiro is way more menacing and nuts. Plus I liked this version better.

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      • hanspostcard
        December 27, 2020

        we got to talking about MItchum- he mentioned some long lasting hollywood type marriage and I said was married to his wife for 57 years- then we shifted to Cape Fear..

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 27, 2020

        Thats cool about the marriage. Always hear about the multiple marriages. There were lots that worked I loved the guys work. Big fan. We talked about him being the “coolest guy in the world”

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  2. BuriedOnMars
    December 27, 2020

    Fun fact: The movie they were watching during the Cigar scene was Problem Child with John Ritter.

    I prefer the original but this was a solid job as far a remakes go. It finds that sweet spot between being a shot for shot clone and too far away from the original material. It is its own thing.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 27, 2020

      I love that scene, especially DeNiro’s over the top enjoyment of that clip.
      We’ve discussed this film before on your take of the original (Which I also like). Two different styles on McDonalds story. Mitchum is good in both

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  3. christiansmusicmusings
    December 27, 2020

    I remember watching that. I loved DeNiro’s bad ass part. He’s really rotten to the core. Almost scary how well he portrays him!

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    December 27, 2020

    A cigar scene! β€” CB, now I know why you absolutely love this movie.

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  5. keepsmealive
    December 27, 2020

    Yup it’s a great remake.

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  6. deKE
    December 27, 2020

    DeNiro is a mean machine in this one. Seen at the movies when it came out. Best move I ever made was taking my girlfriend at the time to this show as she was beyond freaked by this movie. lol

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  7. Sarca
    December 27, 2020

    I prefer the original Cape Fear. And admittedly, when I first watched this version as a rental, I really didn’t like it (and I saw this one before the Mitchum one!). I’ve since watched it more recently and I don’t hate it as much as I once did. I see what Scorsese was after, and it did have a stellar cast. I still prefer the original (probably in my top 20 films if forced to come up with a list), but no hate on this version.
    ttyl!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 27, 2020

      We are all moved differently. I like that. The original is very good. Different styles and levels of violence. I do like the way Martine shot it (If I remember right I think it was a bit of a nod the Hitchcock)
      That’s pretty strong praise from you for the original. Later. Thanks for putting your touch on this take.

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  8. msjadeli
    December 28, 2020

    It’s been many years since seeing this but I do remember how scary DeNiro was in it, which is probably why I haven’t watched since.

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  9. Jim S.
    December 28, 2020

    That is one scary, hard-to-watch flick. Knowing how much of a Method (or whatever) guy De Niro is, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he stayed away from Nolte and cast him menacing glances throughout the production. Check this out from Wikipedia:

    Nick Nolte is taller than Robert De Niro, but for the movie, Nolte lost weight and De Niro developed muscles until De Niro appeared to be the stronger man. De Niro also paid a doctor $5,000 to grind down his teeth for the role to give the character a more menacing look, later paying $20,000 to have his teeth restored after the film production was over

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 28, 2020

      Fun facts Getting his teeth ground down. That’s brutal. Yeah, no one ever accused Robert of half measures. I would have went the weight loss route with Nick.

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      • Jim S.
        December 28, 2020

        I would have had my stunt double do all that shit.

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      • Jim S.
        December 28, 2020

        BTW, I think I mentioned to you that I read a book on the making of ‘Goodfellas.’ DeNiro was playing a real life bad guy. In one scene they’re visiting Pesci’s (really Scorsese’s) mother. DeNiro had to put ketchup on something. He did some research (through a guy who knew the thug if i recall) and found out that the guy rolled the ketchup bottle between his hands. And sure enough DeNiro did that in the film. And he’s not even the center of that scene. I would never have noticed if not for reading that. If that’s not obsessive I don’t know what is.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 29, 2020

        I get what he’s doing. If it helps with the characters focus , yeah. Sometimes it’s just bullshit but we all have our strange little habits. I know Bridges goes for some physical trigger also. I like all that stuff. Cool to see what works and helps. A|s long as it’s truthful Doc. The teeth thing still makes me cringe.

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      • Jim S.
        December 29, 2020

        Good insight. BTW, let us be happy for DeNiro’s great works, many of which appear to be in the past. There’s some POS streaming, some Grandpa movie. DeNiro, Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken. They trashed it mightily on Rotten Tomatoes. I get that it’s a job but if it’s the best they can do, retire already.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 29, 2020

        Maybe CB’s puppeteer has something to say about where Bob went but we will keep that guy muzzled.

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  10. greenpete58
    December 28, 2020

    I love the original and think Mitchum was outstanding. Haven’t seen the remake. Leonard Maltin is my usual go-to to assess whether or not I should take a chance on a flick (next to Cincinnati Babyhead), and he places the remake a notch below the original, calling it “‘Cape Fear’ for the Freddy Krueger generation.” And when Scorsese is involved, there will be lots of gratuitous violence. But Maltin also says the remake fleshes out the characters and adds psychological layers. So I haven’t shut the door on the remake yet, CB!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 28, 2020

      I never seen the “Krueger” flick but This ‘Cape Fear’ is a well done film. So much going on from the cinematography, soundtrack, performances etc. Violent? You betcha. I also like the original but not as much as this one. Like I commented earlier, Mitchum is a CB fave. He’s good in the remake in a cameo.

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  11. hotfox63
    December 28, 2020

    Good movie, sometimes a bit old-fashioned. Robert De Niro in one of his great roles. And the avenging angel Gabriel personally comes to the screen to drive Nick Nolte’s family insane. By the way, we watched a few nights ago Scorsese’s “After Hours”. It’s a small but fine masterpiece.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 28, 2020

      The film certainly has an atmosphere that Scorsese creates. DeNiro’s “Max” is relentless.
      Yes ‘After Hours’ is the lost Scorsese film. Very good Fox. MS also creates another world in that one.

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      • hotfox63
        December 29, 2020

        Well, maybe I should look the original from 1962. Scorsese’s remake is a real Hollywood flick, a “surefire” project, which Warner asked him to do offset the risk they had taken for “GoodFellas”.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 29, 2020

        A lot of the people commenting like the original better.

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  12. tref
    December 28, 2020

    I enjoyed Cape Fear, but like another great action/suspense film, Face Off, it suffers from too-much- boat syndrome. By the time the film reaches its climax on the houseboat (or, speedboat, as it were) I had long ago tuned out.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 29, 2020

      “Too – much – boat syndrome”. I like that and could see how that would come into play for people. It does get a little excessive. and I wanted Max to call it a day. I have seen ‘Face Off” around but never seen it. Sounds like it’s getting the tref push. Am I right?

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      • tref
        December 29, 2020

        Haha, well, Face Off is a lot of fun, but if you see it, tell me I am not wrong about the movie being one boat ride too many.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 29, 2020

        I have been on that “boat” a few times tref and as I get older I want the ride to be shorter and a little less indulgent. I do like a little Cage once in a while.

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  13. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    December 29, 2020

    Like I’ve said before, CB, if DeNiro is in it…especially in those years…it has to be good and Cape Fear is not an exception. All the best my friend and Happy New Year!
    F.

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  14. 1dancequeendq
    December 30, 2020

    Creepy Good really sums up this movie. I couldn’t possibly watch it again. *shudders*.

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