Cape Fear ★★★

Leaner (if not meaner) than Scorsese's remake, J. Lee Thompson's Cape Fear is more concerned with the inability of the law to protect the innocent than the murky morals and sexuality that muddy the waters of the '91 vintage. Mitchum is absolutely his generation's De Niro, and it's surprising how far Thompson was allowed to push his bad guy's badness. MVP across both versions is still probably Bernard Herrmann.