Movies From the Hat 7 – #45 – Sean’s Pick – Cape Fear (1991)

This is my 3990th Review

Thanks to  Sean of Sean for this recommendation.

“Counselor! Come out, come out, wherever you are!” – Max Cady

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 Times (Theater in ’91, cable and 20 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A defense attorney and his family are stalked by a recently released convict who believes that his lawyer didn’t help him enough 15 years earlier.

My Take on it – I recall seeing this film in the theater back when it came out and being glued to my seat because of the suspenseful way that the story was told.

They do a great job of making us think about the decisions we make in life because it’s possible that they will be revisited years later.

The cast is superb and they help keep the suspense at full throttle throughout.

Nick Nolte, and Jessica Lange are both great as the attorney and his wife but Juliette Lewis plays her role too juvenile because she looks older than her character is meant to be and that doesn’t work as well.

The standout here is obviously Robert De Niro would gives a really scary performance (one of his very best) as Max Cady.

The accent feels a bit over the top tho and that takes away slightly from it all.

This film is filled with twists and turns along the way that help keep things quite suspenseful and enjoyable the entire time no matter how many times one has seen this film.

Bottom Line – Great thriller that really makes you think about decisions we all make in life. Superb cast helps keep this story suspenseful throughout.  DeNiro is especially scary as Max Cady and this is probably one his best roles despite the fact that his accent feels a bit too over the top.  The twists and turns along the way help make this film really enjoyable. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 – The thick accent Robert De Niro used to play Max Cady reportedly gave Martin Scorsese the creeps. As a joke, De Niro would call Scorsese’s house, leaving voicemails as Cady.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 –Robert De Niro paid a dentist five thousand dollars to make his teeth look suitably bad for the role of Max Cady. After filming, he paid twenty thousand dollars to have them fixed. (From IMDB)

Rating –  Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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6 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat 7 – #45 – Sean’s Pick – Cape Fear (1991)

  1. This is one of the few times that a remake has been as good (or better) than the original – and the original – with Robert Mitchum in top form as Max Cady and Gregory Peck as the lawyer – were both terrific. This one is far more violent (at least it shows it more) than the original. All effectively done by Scorcese (working with DeNiro yet again). The story holds up well. I love that Scorcese cast so many actors from the original (Peck, Mitchum, Balsam) in the remake in extended cameos and supporting roles. As for Juliette Lewis playing “too young”. I’d disagree (and so did the Academy – as she was the lone actor from the cast to get an Oscar nomination). Also – the creepy scene where Cady meets her in the auditorium at school – DeNiro started putting his fingers in Lewis’s mouth w/out telling her he was going to do that. She went with it and it was a memorably icky scene to watch.

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