128 Min | Crime – Thriller | November 1991
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange
Cape Fear Review: In Cape Fear, Southern Lawyer Sam Bowen (Nick Notle) has it all, he’s successful at his job, he has attractive wife Leigh and their very innocent but naive teen daughter (Juliette Lewis). But slowly changes when Sam’s ex-client Max Cady comes back to stalk Sam and his family after being in prison for 14 years for a rape change. Now Sam finds himself stalked by Cady at everything including his family. Which there’s rising tension at the Bowen’s. But they are not prepared what Cady has in store for them for a personal vendetta. Cape Fear is directed by Oscar-Winner Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, The King of Comedy, Taxi Driver) made an entertaining psychological thriller, which is based on the 1962 movie of the same name.
DeNiro gives an over the top performance in Cape Fear, which he is very menacing and at times darkly humorous. Which he was nominated for his performance but he was beating by Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs”. Scorsese gives good performances from his cast. Which Notle, Lange, Lewis in her Oscar-nominated role and Jon Don Baker giving one of their best roles in movies they have worked on. Scorsese certainly knows how to milk it by creating suspense, great camera set-ups and some horrific moments of violence. At times, it seems Scorsese made one of the best thrillers of the 1990’s that filmmaker Brian De Palma never made. It is certainly one of his less personal projects in Hollywood.
Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck and Martin Balsam appears in bit-parts. Since they appeared in major key roles in the original. Scorsese honors the original as well for using composer Elmer Bernstein to re-use Bernard Herrmann’s original music for Dolby Stereo effect. Perphas the problem with the remake is the last act of the feature. Scorsese’s film-making techniques goes way over the top towards the climax that involves in a violent thunderstorm in Cape Fear between Cady and Bowen’s family. This was Scorsese’s first feature in Widescreen. This is hard to believe that Steven Spielberg was going to directed the remake at first but wisely step aside, letting his production company Amblin making it instead. “Cape Fear” was hugely successful at the box office and it was very popular with the public over the years by making parodies and more. Freddie Francis’ widescreen cinematography are one of the highlights of this Scorsese picture.