Cape Fear
Cape Fear (1962)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 18, 1962
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Its politics are abhorrent to me, but my god, it's such a slick, well-crafted thriller ... that I can't hate it

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Keep-you-up-all-night terrifying!

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

works best as a twisted nail-biter, punctuated brilliantly with an apocalyptic score by Bernard Herrmann

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unpleasant but suspenseful film noir.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

The remake with De Niro had the most to fear from this superior little thriller!

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A tense thriller that holds your attention to the very end. The film is aided by one of Bernard Hermann's better scores.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

A classic revenge thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A lawyer finds his family terrorized by a brutal woman hating sociopath who blames him for sending him to jail for 8 years. Gregory Peck was the perfect casting… More
Spencer S.
A pulse racing epic battle between a criminal and the man who wronged him, Cape Fear is both psychologically frightening and maddening to the senses. Made in… More
Kevin M. Williams
It's not what he does ... it's what he may do. Mitchum gives elegance to one of the screen's worst creepy bad guys, conveying evil with his… More
Leigh Ryan
Very well done. Not my type of thrill but it was still beautifully done.
Aj V
This is a great thriller, it's exciting and suspenseful, and has a couple of great actors. I highly recommend it.
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaņeda
Robert Mitchum is an intriguing villain in CAPE FEAR, the original (and better) story of Max Cady, an ex-con in search of revenge on the lawyer who got him in… More