My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
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…
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…
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…
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…
Great suspense, superb acting by Mitchum, and extremely well directed by Thompson (a Hitchcock protege). Mitchum supposedly claimed that he acted Peck off the screen, and I strongly agree. Peck was very wooden. Some very controversial themes (child rape???), especially for 1962.
An added personal connection is the fact that the houseboat scenes were filmed at Ladd's Marine in Stockton, CA, near where my family had a boat.
Classic thriller in which Mitchum relentlessly pursues lawyer Peck and his family, seeking revenge over being put in jail by Peck years ago. At every turn Mitchum proves himself to be a cunning, sophisticated villain and Peck finds the law to be useless in stopping his advances. It all culminates in that famous houseboat sequence on the Cape Fear, and throughout its high quality entertainment. Its not at the same level as "Night of the Hunter" or the best of Hitchcock from this time, but its still very strong showcasing one of all time great villainous performances.
I had seen the Scorcese remake a couple times before this and while I always liked it in its feverish b movie way,…
To just this get this out of the way, I am a huge fan of the '91 Scorsese remake. And that film, combined with this one, makes a great case for remakes being made and honoring the classics they are based on, taking elements for a new spin and building upon others.
Gregory Peck's family is the clean wholesome cornerstone that this era required in films - Scorsese, unlike originally planned director Spielberg, wanted more tension from within the family in his version - and Robert Mitchum's Max Cady may even be more evil in his actions than the scary character Robert De Niro made of him. That is no mean feat.
J. Lee Thompson's 1962 Cape Fear is a…
So much here works, from the relentless tension, to how the danger of sexual violence becomes a constant threat, Cape Fear is one of the most successfully disturbing thrillers to come out of Hollywood.
You can have a villain who doesn't do anything wrong in the first hour, and can still make the audience feel tense. That's hw powerful this is.
I think I prefer Scorsese's remake just a tad more than the original, but this movie still has some of the thrills that the remake has, and the performances are intense.
Peck is the standard stiff hero, Mitchum is the twisted evil psycho.
A psychlogical thriller with one of the best film villians of all time Max Cady (which is amongst Robert Mitchum's best roles). After over 8 years in Prison Max Cady is out for revenge against the man who's testimony put him there in the first place. The movie is very dark, not just focusing on the excess of Mr. cady but also the inner conflict with the protaginist who is faced with some morally ambiguous decisions. Despite Gregory Peck's outstanding performance, Robert Mitchum just steals the movie with a character that is so well potrayed even today i think that Max cady of 1962 superior to most film villians. The movie is rollercoaster war of the wills between the hero and his family and Max Cady, and up until the end keeps the heart racing.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
- Ace in the Hole
- All That Heaven Allows
- America, America
- An American in Paris
- Apocalypse Now
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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