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Tense throughout with literally a feeling of no escape for anyone in the movie. The script, the actors, the filming are all sensational. Gather at the dvd player for an all time classic movie!!
P.S. This is, in my humble opinion, Robert Mitchum's greatest film character!! Love to hear your feedback after watching the film!
"I'm gonna kill ya' without leaving a mark on yo' body"
says Robert Mitchum as he pounces on the unsuspecting guard. His insidiousness is riveting!
A great thriller, suspense film - better then the next remake (they almost always are)... What if it happened to you??
Being a great admirer of Alfred Hitchcock, director Lee Thompson stated that with this intense revenge picture he wanted to infuse as many "Hitchcockian" elements into its story as possible.
And, in doing so - The observant viewer will quickly notice that 1962's "Cape Fear" does, in a number of ways, resemble a Hitchcock production with its frequent use of unusual lighting angles, as well as offering the viewer subtle hints, rather than graphic depictions, when it comes to the violence.
And, speaking about actor Robert Mitchum - I certainly do give this dude an approving nod for the sinister, despicable and nasty twist that he put on his portrayal of the sadistic Max Cady character.
All-in-all - For a b&w picture that is now 53 years old (and for all of the trouble that it came up against with the censor board), I certainly think that "Cape Fear" holds up quite well (and is, at least, worth a view), in the long run.
This is a 1962 American psychological thriller directed by J. Lee Thompson, based on the novel "The Executioners" by John D. MacDonald.
Despite help from the local police chief and a private detective, the lawyer is legally powerless to keep the ex-convict from playing his sadistic game of cat and mouse.
Finally, the lawyer must put his family's lives at stake in a deadly trap that leads to one of the most suspenseful and heart-pounding confrontations ever committed to film.
It is a gripping and engaging thriller that will keep you at the ede of your seat.
The scene were Mitchum traps Polly Bergen in that underground basement area and attempts to violate her is still by far, one of THE most intense scenes in film history. I'm still wondering just how long did it take the director and actors to film just that one scene. Over all, a really good movie.
I wasn't sure what to expect and I really enjoyed it! One of the best thrillers I've seen and I'm not usually a fan of the genre.
Martin Scorsese may have added more violence and moral ambiguity (as well as a tatted-up, muscled-up, Bible and Henry Miller quoting De Niro) to his 1991 remake, but he didn't make the creepiness of the original. Peck is his usual dignified, upright self, Polly Bergen, Martin Balsam and Telly Savalas (still with hair) provide good support, but this film belongs to Robert Mitchum in his second greatest bad guy performance (behind "Night of the Hunter"). With his heavy-lidded eyes and languid sensuality, Mitchum is a force of menace and some of the violence, especially that he inflicts on women, is pretty raw for 1961. Based on John MacDonald's "The Executioners," Peck, who was also one of the producers, suggested the title change. Includes a pretty dull making of featurette.
Classic thriller still packs a wallop. An A-list cast, tight script, taut direction, and even a Bernard Herrmann score -- it doesn't get much better than this.
Robert Mitchum was unbelievably creepy. I wish that Gregory Peck's wife and daughter had been a bit stronger, though. I didn't expect them to beat up Max Cady but they didn't have to choose the worst hiding spots and then stay there when he found them, they could have offered a bit more resistance.
Peck performs well as an attorney afraid for his family. Mitchum actually had me believing he was a bad guy. There are some nice performances from the supporting cast. However, the story is just so-so.
I never quite bought Mitchum as a screen hero. There's something about his passivity, his willingness to be swept away by his own and other people's bad choices, that feels like malice. In Cape Fear, the repressed returns as toad-like convict Max Cady, who kidnaps and rapes his ex-wife, leaving her drunk and naked by the side of the road, just because he can. He and his evil wardrobe (for instance, the striped matelot shirt. A Galliano inspiration, perhaps?) terrorize the painfully proper family of Gregory Peck.