Cape Fear (1991)

Cape Fear (1991)

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Martin Scorsese (The IrishmanWolf of Wall Street) directs this remake of the 1962 film of the same name. Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss. Starring Robert De Niro (Raging Bull), Nick Nolte (The Prince of Tides), Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers), and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story). 

1991Rating: R128 minsUSAUniversal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Cappa Productions, Tribeca Productions
CrimeThrillerClassic

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An essential work by one of our masters...

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

A sterling performance by Robert De Niro...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Impressive moviemaking, showing Scorsese as a master of a traditional Hollywood genre...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Scorcese drew seminal and genuinely creepy performances from his stars...

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

More than one observer has attributed Cape Fear’s manic formalism to the director’s alienation from the material...

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Time Out

Time Out

Except for Lewis and... Baker, the performances are largely unimaginative in this overblown horror-schlocker.

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Variety

Variety

Lewis is excellent as the troubled, tempted teen...

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

Inadequately scripted by Wesley Strick, and even as a simple genre picture it works only in fits and starts.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Hypnotically engrossing...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Meticulously crafted, but psychologically underfleshed thriller...

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