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Movie Review: Cape Fear

Updated on October 31, 2015

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Cape Fear stars Robert De Niro and was a remake of a 1962 film of the same name. This is a great film by Robert De Niro.
Cape Fear stars Robert De Niro and was a remake of a 1962 film of the same name. This is a great film by Robert De Niro. | Source
Robert De Niro received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Nomination for the movie Cape Fear.
Robert De Niro received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Nomination for the movie Cape Fear. | Source
Robert De Niro and Nick Nolte star in Cape fear which was released in 1991. This movie was creapy when it came out.
Robert De Niro and Nick Nolte star in Cape fear which was released in 1991. This movie was creapy when it came out. | Source
Robert De Niro and Nick Nolte star in Cape Fear which is a remake of an old classic.
Robert De Niro and Nick Nolte star in Cape Fear which is a remake of an old classic. | Source
Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is full of tattoos on his body and he has revenge on his mind.
Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is full of tattoos on his body and he has revenge on his mind. | Source
Sam Bowden, his wife and daughter are all in danger at the frightful hands of Max Cady. Max Cady wants to get revenge for being put in jail.
Sam Bowden, his wife and daughter are all in danger at the frightful hands of Max Cady. Max Cady wants to get revenge for being put in jail. | Source
Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is burned but, unbowed as he attacks in Cape Fear.
Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is burned but, unbowed as he attacks in Cape Fear. | Source

Psychopath Max Cady

Cape Fear was released in 1991 and it was a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and it stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Juliette Lewis and Jessica Lange.

Cady was played by De Niro and he was convicted of rape. His lawyer Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) defended him but, Cady found out his attorney did not do his best. He even did not present some of his crucial evidence to the court and before the jewelry . Years later, after his prison release, he set out to make the life of Sam Bowden, his wife, daughter and dog miserable. De Niro is of Italian and Irish descent but, in this film, he transformed himself into a down south, red-neck criminal. He stalked the different family members, just to spook them. Cady would follow the kids to school. He tried to act as the drama teacher so that he could gain the girl's trust.

The way he changes his voice for this role is phenomenal. One of the other aspects of this film that was special was the fear factor. At certain points in the film, De Niro was ruthless such as, when he bit the cheek off of a woman's face. Cady kills the maid, the dog and hurts the Bowden family for some time before meeting them in an ultimate showdown in the water Cape Fear.

In order to escape Mad Max, the Bowden family gets in the car and drives to a remote location on the water where Cady will never find them. Only one problem. Max Cady actually tied himself to the chassis underneath there car as they drove for an hour to Cape Fear so he went with them to their hideaway. He even went so far as to kill the maid and then dress up like her. De Niro had on a wig and a housekeeper out fit. The was no end to what Max Cady would do in order to try to make Sam Bowden and his family feel the pain he felt while he was locked away in prison.

Awards, nominations and Film Facts:

1. Robert De Niro was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award.

2. Juliette Lewis was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

3. The film has raked in $182,292,000 world wide.

4. Robert De Niro was nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe.

5. Juliette Lewis was nominated for a best supporting Actress Golden Globe.

6. The films budget was $35 million. This is more than double what the movie brought in.


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I would love to know if you have seen this movie and what you thought of it.

Cape Fear (1991) Characters

1. Robert De Niro as Max Cady. Cady was an ex convict who is out of prison and looking to exact vengeance on his former attorney.

2. Nick Nolte as Sam Bowden. Bowden represented Cady at his criminal trial but did not help Cady to the best of his ability.

3. Juliette Lewis as Danielle Bowden. Sam Bowden's daughter gets mixed up with the horrible Max Cady. She trusts him because, she thinks he is her drama teacher.

4. Joe Baker as Claude Kersek. Kersek is a private investigator hired by Sam Bowden to watch Max Cady.

5. Jessica Lange as Leigh Bowden: She is married to Sam, she is a homemaker and artist. She is a mom to Danielle. She gets mixed up and stuck in the middle of Max Cady's revenge plot.

6. Robert Mitchum as Lt. Elgart: He tries every tactic that he knows of but, he is still not able to capture Max Cady.

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Movie Grades for Specific Areas

1. Acting Skills-A+

2. Music-B+

3. Script-A+

4. Director-A+

5. Action-A

6. Drama-A

Robert De Niro and Nick Nolte give the movie action and drama while director Martin Scorsese is at his usual best. The music fits the films theme well at all times. This just shows how versatile De Niro's acting skills are.

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Robert De Niro played Max Cady in the Cape Fear remake.
Robert De Niro played Max Cady in the Cape Fear remake. | Source

Final Thoughts on Cape Fear

What a fantastic film this was. A thriller that lived up to it's title. This was one of Robert De Niro's top 5 best performances of his storied career. (De Niro has over 100 credits to his name). This was probably Juliette Lewis and Nick Nolte's finest moments on the big screen to date. The plot and the acting skill make this film garner a high ranking. Also, you never know what is going to happen next as Cady did not just kill but he tormented this family.

9 Out of 10 Stars

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Ten Great Robert De Niro Films

Cape Fear
Goodfellas
Godfather 2
Taxi
Meet the Parents
A Bronx Tale
Heat
15 Minutes
Analyze This
Righteous Kill
 
 
 
 
 
De Niro has over 100 movie credits on his resume. However, These ten movie stand out.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      This is one of the creepiest movies I have ever seen. Just the thought of De Niro's portrayal of Cady makes my skin crawl. This type of movie is much more frightening to me than the any horror movie! Your review made me remember all those feelings I had when I first saw the film. Awesome review Hub!

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