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Cape Fear (1991)

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Martin Scorsese

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About the Movie

Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese brings heart-pounding suspense to one of the most acclaimed thrillers of all time. Fourteen years after being imprisoned, vicious psychopath Max Cady (Robert De Niro) emerges with a single-minded mission: to seek revenge on his attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). Cady becomes a terrifying presence as he menacingly circles Bowden's increasingly unstable family. Realizing he is legally powerless to protect his beautiful wife Leigh (Jessica Lange) and his troubled teenage daughter Danielle (Juliette Lewis), Sam resorts to unorthodox measures which lead to an unforgettable showdown on Cape Fear. Visually stunning images and brilliant performances from a talented cast highlight this roller-coaster ride through relentless psychological torment.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Stay away if you're squeamish but, if you do, you'll miss an essential work by one of our masters, as well as two of the year's most accomplished performances, those of Mr. De Niro and Ms. Lewis. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Proves that when a maverick virtuoso like Scorsese sets his mind to it, making ''mainstream'' movies is one more thing he can do better than just about anyone else. – Entertainment Weekly, Apr 3, 2011

Fresh: Though Scorsese doesn't always transcend the pulp in Cape Fear, watching him try allows us to share the exhilaration he experiences behind the camera. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: It's hard to understand why Martin Scorsese wanted to remake a nasty, formulaic 1962 thriller whose only "classic" credentials are a terrifying performance by Robert Mitchum and a Bernard Herrmann score. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, May 24, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Watch this movie

I love this movie/version. The acting is awesome and De Niro is pure evil with a gentlemanly flare. I've seen it again and again and it never gets old. Worth at the very least a rent, but if you're a De Niro fan, it could quite possibly be your next buy.


To me this is both Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's most underrated and underappreciated movies of all-time.

A must see

The best movie. Watch it when you don't know what to watch. Love the cast and director.

Cape Fear (1991)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1991

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