Cape Fear (1991)
January 9, 2023 10:16 AM - Subscribe

When attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) knowingly withholds evidence that would acquit violent sex offender Max Cady (Robert De Niro) of rape charges, Max spends 14 years in prison. But after Max's release, knowing about Sam's deceit, he devotes his life to stalking and destroying the Bowden family. When practical attempts to stop Max fail, Sam realizes that he must act outside the law to protect his wife and daughter.

Also starring Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis, Joe Don Baker, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam, Illeana Douglas, Fred Dalton Thompson, Esther Rolle.

Directed by Martin Scorsese. Screenplay by Wesley Strick, based on the 1962 film Cape Fear, written by James R. Webb, adapted from The Executioners by John D. MacDonald.

75% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Showtime. Also available for digital rental. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Oh man, poor Illeana Douglas in this movie.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:39 AM on January 9 [4 favorites]


And the overall tension in this movie is nuts.
posted by mrphancy at 2:22 PM on January 9

I sure do remember that one scene with Juliette Lewis and De Niro. That was one of the creepiest things I've ever seen.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 3:48 PM on January 9

Ivan Fyodorvich, I think that was the moment I came this --> <-- close to walking out of the theater. I was really disturbed by it.
posted by Archer25 at 4:34 PM on January 9 [1 favorite]

Yeah. As violent as many of Scorsese's other movies are, this is the only one on the "do not rewatch" list for me. (Which is not to say that it's bad.)
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:07 PM on January 10

Yup. It's a great film - with tension oozing out of every frame, but the assault scene with Illeana Douglas is as unwatchable now as it was then. I can't re-visit it. I'll stick with the Simpsons version.

Freddie Francis was the cinematographer. He worked with David Lynch!
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 3:24 PM on January 10

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