Cape Fear
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After an eight-year prison term for rape and assault, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is set free. Immediately making a beeline to Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), the former prosecutor responsible for Cady's conviction, Cady laconically informs Sam that he intends to "pay back" the attorney for his years behind bars. Conducting a meticulous campaign of terror, Cady is careful to stay within the law. Sam, realizing that Cady intends to wreak vengeance by raping the attorney's wife (Polly Bergen) and daughter (Lori Martin), tries to put the ex-criminal behind bars, but has no grounds to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its politics are abhorrent to me, but my god, it's such a slick, well-crafted thriller ... that I can't hate it"
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Tedious remake of a "thriller" that wasn't that thrilling to begin with"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"A classic revenge thriller."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Unpleasant but suspenseful film noir."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Keep-you-up-all-night terrifying!"
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"works best as a twisted nail-biter, punctuated brilliantly with an apocalyptic score by Bernard Herrmann"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A tense thriller that holds your attention to the very end. The film is aided by one of Bernard Hermann's better scores."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The remake with De Niro had the most to fear from this superior little thriller!"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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