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 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…
Long time since I've watched anything in B&W (actually, I watched The Big Clock two days ago but whatever)! The stark beauty of the swamp is streets ahead of the remake's messy finale. My eyes were frantically tracking across the tall grass, fighting to penetrate the shadows... on the lookout for that sneaky Mitchum!
I won't boldly claim that Mitchum out-scums DeNiro, but it's a photo finish.
Film #8 out of 50 in Scorsese Summer 2016
Not as good as the remake. But good.
La forma de actuar de Gregory Peck al inicio de la película hace que no empatice nada con él y esté todo el rato deseando que Robert Mitchum mate a toda su familia, cosa que por desgracia no ocurre.
Lo mejor de esta peli sin duda es su brutal banda sonora.
Peck and Mitchum are at odds in this very linear thriller.
Well made thriller. Peck and Mitchum were great as the leads. Child ator was also very good. Prefered the remake, still worth a look
I wish I'd seen this before the remake because it sure does follow the same beats but amped up to a crazy exploitative level. I'm not quite sure which version I like more yet. There's a lot of great in both.
The original version is still the best, as Gregory Peck squares off with Robert Mitchum in a battle of nerves that grabs the viewer by the throat. Max Cady's gotta be one of the great screen villains ... confident, cunning and methodical as he plots his revenge on the lawyer he holds responsible for his prison conviction. Great B&W photography and an amazing Bernard Herrmann score make it all the more effective.
Holy shit. That Max Cady is one bad motherfucker! Robert Mitchum is so menacing, almost Terminator-like in his slow but relentless pursuit of Gregory Peck and his family. Definitely got the heart rate up at the end.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
Top 200 is pretty definitive. Essentially the top/most memorable 20-25% of all the films I've seen in my life (which…