A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest." Top two-hundred is definitive. Only 1940-2015.
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 stalks Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law. Bowden enlists the aid of a local police chief, a private detective and then hires thugs to harass Cady all to no avail. The film climaxes pitting Bowden and his family against Cady.
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…
SOME MILD SPOILERS
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 beautifully shot suspense film either hasn't aged well or just didn't connect with me at all. Robert Mitchum plays maybe one of the most genuinely wretched characters of all time, a sleazoid ex-con stalking Gregory Peck and his family. He's clearly such an amoral psychopath from the first time we see him that I found myself wishing for a little more ambiguity; a little more of a moral dilemma in terms of whether we - the audience - should want to see him dead. As it stands, the majority of the film is just a build-up to an inevitable showdown between Peck and Mitchum that's not so much suspenseful as it is just stressful. I dunno. This is beautifully shot, very gritty for its time and Mitchum gives a phenomenally vile performance but I found my attention drifting and never seriously engaged with anything happening...
Totally gorgeous to look at, with all those shadows and that super dramatic lighting, but I felt a bit disappointed with this in the end.
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it's all very straightforward, isn't it? Robert Mitchum is a bad 'un, he's menacing Gregory Peck's family, and it all ends with a topless tussle at the titular headland. I kept thinking there was going to be a twist, but there just wasn't.
Robert Mitchum is brilliantly menacing, but I've seen Night Of The Hunter, so I kind of took that as read, and apart from the bit where he broke the egg, there wasn't anything that really stood out as terrifying.
I think I'm filing this next to almost every film Hitchcock ever made in the "Old Films That Are Just Too Macho For My Tastes" box.
A stalker movie
With a legal twist. It punts
The ending a bit.
it's tough to watch this version, the "original" one, after that incredible thriller Scorsese did in 1991, in a much more appropriate time for all the craziness of this story than 1962.
but despite the limitations of its era, this one is still quite good. the work on the lights and shadows is great, robert mitchum is absolutely exceptional, and while the plot is way more basic than in scorsese's version, it's still pretty good. the thing is, peck while the ideal guy to play the family-man/protector, is never afraid, or even slightly worried. if he's so sure of himself, where's the suspense ? and i also want one of these shirts that manage to stay dry and clean after swimming in a lake and running through a jungle - mitchum on the other hand, got dirty as hell.
Antes de atracción fatal, play misty for me y la mano que mece la cuna, ya se hizo esta pequeña joya hitchcockiana con planos que podrían estar hechos por el propio maestro del suspense, y que incluía incluso la banda sonora del genial Bernard Herrmann.
Robert Mitchum y Gregory Peck hacen unas interpretaciones magníficas y vemos pequeños papeles de Telly Savallas (Kojak) y Martin Balsam (Psicosis).
Scorsese admirador de esta película hizo un remake incluyendo la misma música y a Mitchum y Gregory Peck en pequeños papeles. Esta vez en color. La fotografía oscura de la parte final de la película le viene muy bien para transmitir toda la tensión que requería.
robert mitchum, as a gruesome stalker did a freaking awesome performance... though we could guess how this movie going to end, it never loses its pace and momentum.... nice one...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The only reason I watched this was to compare it to the Scorsese remake. So, that's what I'll do. I prefer this one overall as a cohesive thriller which builds tensions thoughtfully and progressively. I cared more about the lead characters in this one. Gregory Peck is better than Nick Nolte. The relationship between the parents is more straightforward but also more likeable. I much prefer Juliette Lewis in the remake but the daughter here is completely fine. I wouldn't say either film nailed the tension building scenes. Some are good, some are not so good. Also, the style of filmmaking fitted more naturally here, because it felt like a genuine product of its time. The remake has some amazing…
Holy balls, this is intense. Robert Mitchum plays one of the most menacing psychopathic muthafuckas ever.
Incredible thriller with a chilling performance from Robert Mitchum.
Originally posted by Co.Create: www.fastcocreate.com/1679472/martin-scorseses-film-school-the-85-films-you-need-to-see-to-know-anything-about-film
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