Movies that are slightly off.
Now he had only one weapon left - murder! ...To prevent an even more shocking crime!
Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.
Move over, Anton Chigurh. Sit back down, Hannibal Lector. Step aside, Harry Powell. Max Cady has come to town, and he thinks you're all a bunch of pansies.
It's one thing to put on a performance that overshadows all other aspects of an otherwise good film. It's another to put on one that pulls the rest of a good film into greatness. Robert Mitchum, whom I have ashamedly not experienced much of, gives such a show here in Cape Fear. Yes, the score by Bernard Herrmann, ominous and accentuating rather than intrusive, didn't need much help. And yes, Gregory Peck et. al. do just fine on their own (especially so for Polly Bergen as his wife and Barrie Chase as…
Robert Mitchum's turn as Max Cady created one of cinema's greatest bad guys, a man with no limits who imposes his will onto an adversary who doesn't even know he is one until he's already on the back foot. This is his most depraved character, prepared to go even further than the Reverend Harry Powell, a man who only answers to himself.
He disappears completely into the skin of Cady leering at the world around him through his poisonous eyes. Eight years in prison allows a man the opportunity to learn the virtue of patience and he uses it as his most potent weapon against Sam Bowden and his family. He appears at his most menacing not when he is…
Performances : 8.1/10
Story : 8.8/10
Production : 8.5/10
Overall : 8.47/10
It must be said that Robert Mitchum was clearly one of the greatest actors to ever grace the silver screen. Conversely, Gregory Peck may very well be one of the worst. That's all opinion obviously, but I've seen three Peck films this month and he was below average in all of them. I've given up on him. Luckily Mitchum more than made up for any of the other cast members faults. He plays Max Cady, this horrible sick fuck of a human being and he plays him flawlessly. This was easily one of the best performances I've ever seen and it's such a shame the rest of the…
I got somethin' planned for your wife and kid that they ain't nevah gonna forget. They ain't nevah gonna forget it... and neither will you, Counselor! Nevah!
Martin Scorsese is my favorite director without question. Has been for years. I'm one of those people that when the trailer for Hugo came out, I would look at anyone that said it didn't look good as if they were an idiot and say "Of course it's going to be good, it's Scorsese for Christ's sake!". So it'll come as no surprise that I've seen his remake of Cape Fear too many times to count and think that Robert De Niro's portrayal of Max Cady is one of his all time…
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Now don't get me wrong. I like Martin Scorsese.
But this is one of those occasions where I'm particularly glad that I've not seen the remake. It's not because I'm concerned that it will be crap or anything or because I have anything against remakes. I'm not and I don't.
No, I just naturally struggle to review a film that is a remake of something or has spawned a remake because I personally find it incredibly difficult not to start harping on with a comparison between the two. It's especially difficult when the two films are made in entirely different eras when it comes to censorship and what we are allowed to see and here.
I was always cautious in approaching the original Cape Fear, one of my tent pole list of shame films. Its influence stretches far and wide, the story is embedded in pop culture and the performances are nothing short of iconic. Not to mention the staying power that the remake has on me and though Scorsese's film owes everything to this one, it was a challenge to divorce myself from De Niro's almost-demonic Max Cady as the benchmark of evil.
1962 was a much different time for movies. Cape Fear comes from a more moralistic, high-minded society where the real bad men of the world were never quite depicted on the big screen as what they're really capable of. Characters like…
This might be a one-star movie without Robert Mitchum and Herrmann's score.
Robert Mitchum's passion project at being shirtless as much as possible.
Holy crap the amount of taboo subjects this film tackles is ridiculous. I've heard people say the remake is even better but I doubt it. This film is disturbing as heck and so well acted. Easy 5/5 stars.
A Southern lawyer (Gregory Peck) and his family (Polly Bergen, Lori Martin) are terrorized by an ex-con (Robert Mitchum) with an ax to grind. Terrific, genuinely suspenseful adaptation of John D. MacDonald's novel The Executioners, tautly directed, superbly performed, and featuring a fantastic, nail-biting score by Bernard Herrmann. Famously remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese with Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and Robert DeNiro.
Max Cady must surely be one of the cinema's most despicable creations. Our first sign of his depravity comes in the film's opening moments, when a woman drops one of her books just as she passes him.
Any decent human being would have stopped to pick it up, but Max Cady just keeps walking as though he hasn't even noticed. This simple lack of action has already told us everything that we need to know about the man's character; he exists among the lowest dregs of humanity, and lives only to drag down those more respectable than he. Robert Mitchum plays Cady to perfection, his very presence bringing about repulsion and loathing. His character is stupid enough to do absolutely…
Robert Mitchum is the king of playing debauched, sick fucks. The rest of the film is paced a little inconsistently and Gregory Peck (I know this is heresy) is pretty mediocre as an actor, but watching Robert Mitchum play the biggest creep in cinematic history is still gut churning today. A pretty good thriller overall, with one amazing performance.
So, at the end of the day Scorsese is a better director than J. Lee Thompson, even though the latter comes up with some neat Hitchcockian stuff here. Marty didn't have to battle it out with the censorship like Thompson did, Juliette Lewis was more cut out for the role of the daughter (apparently Lori Martin was a second choice, tough luck there) and I prefer Nick Nolte's temper over Gregory Peck's clean presence. But this one has Robert Mitchum. A nasty Robert Mitchum. A threat from the moment he first appears, the scene with the dark hottie is brutal and when he makes that remark about the daughter almost being as juicy as her mom, you just want to…
i'm so happy to be Gregory Peck Trash™
Gregory Peck in a dressing gown is the least intimidating thing ever put to film.
THE MOST COMPLETE LIST OF NEO NOIR FILMS ON LETTERBOXD.
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Essentially the most memorable 20-25% of all the feature length films I've seen in my life (which is around between…