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…
Man do I love noir! I've yet to watch a single noir that I haven't not liked at least a little bit. And I loved this one. For Week 29 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge, Quintessential Noir Week, I watched the 1962 classic Cape Fear. Served by a pair of strong performances from leading men Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum and great direction from J. Lee Thompson, Cape Fear is a captivating and tense thriller that excites from start to finish.
Cape Fear opens with the release of Max Cady from prison after serving a eight year term after being convicted for rape. He comes to the home town of Sam Bowden, an attorney who witnessed his crime and whose…
Constant dread. Mitchum is so great at simmering menace.
"I got somethin' planned for your wife and kid that they ain't never gonna forget. They ain't never gonna forget it... and neither will you, Counselor! Never!"
I watched this Cape Fear after watching the Scorcese remake and though I prefer the one with Robert de Niro, the original Cape Fear is also very good. I noticed that the soundtrack is the same in both movies.
A gripping yet eerie film about a released convict who decides to make a lawyer's life a living hell as he threatens him and his family as it features great performances from Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum.
I was severely disappointed by this movie's lack of Robert Mitchum tripping over rakes for five minutes straight. 0/10
In all seriousness, though, this deserves to be called a classic. It's always a pleasant occasion when an old movie makes me scream like a baby, and this certainly did the trick. Seeing Mitchum and Peck go up against each other is more than worth it, and the gorgeous photography and top-notch score don't hurt. Plus there's the incredibly subtle writing, which manages to be far more tactful about sexual assault than most movies today without even mentioning the R-word. Highly recommended.
Watched for Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16
Week 29: Quintessential Noir Week
Alternate Title: If Stalkers on Facebook Decided to Leave their Living Rooms
This was great. I had come to this from a point where I was a huge fan of the remake and I had seen that tons of times. Robert De Niro and Marty Scorsese making an old school crime thriller, with nightmarish and creepy overtones. It was a piece of mastery. I loved De Niro's accent and his physical transformation. I was actually scared of him in that movie. His entrance is one of the best movie villain entrances of all time. Yes, right there with the cartoonish DARTH VADER! There, I said it.
That being said,…
The original Cape Fear slightly took my by surprise in the way it differed from the remake. I imagined due to the censorship of the time, the film might imply Cady's menace in a less overt manner, but if anything Mitchum's Cady shocking than DeNiro's. Though that said, the chase scene between Cady and Bowden's daughter in this film was much less powerful than DeNiro's overtures towards Juliette Lewis in the remake.
The second main difference, this being negative for me, was much more predictable, though still took me by surprise. Gregory Peck's Bowden is the upstanding man put through difficult circumstances that we would expect from the actor who brought us Atticus Finch. One of the thing's I most…
Ehhhh. It was okay? Wasn't feelin it.
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