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Cape Fear (Widescreen Collector's Edition) [Import]

Robert De Niro , Nick Nolte , Martin Scorsese    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake of J. Lee Thompson's 1962 thriller dabbles a bit in some fascinating psychological crosscurrents between its characters, but it finally trades in all that rich material for extensive and gratuitous violence. Robert De Niro plays a serial rapist released from prison after 14 years. Angry because his appalled attorney (Nick Nolte) made it easy for him to be convicted, this monster is out to hurt Nolte's character through his wife (Jessica Lange) and daughter (Juliette Lewis). The themes of interlocking guilt and anger between these people suggests a smart film in the making. But the final act, set on a boat with De Niro's vengeful pervert attacking Nolte and the two women, takes a more unfortunate direction. Stick with the original (which starred Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, each of whom make a cameo appearance in this film). --Tom Keogh

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Academy Awardc Nominee Martin Scorsese Directs Academy Awardc Winner Robert De Niro In This Pulse-Pounding Revenge Thriller.

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Format:DVD
Very few thrillers stand out like Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear." It's a terrifying ride that frightens us to the very core. It shakes you violently and paints an intense picture of revenge that is taken to a whole different level. This is a dark and brutal film that doesn't let you off easy for a single second.
Attorney Sam Bowden appears to have the perfect life upon simple examination. He has a loving wife and daughter, a very nice home, and a pretty successful and providing career. Things take a drastic turn when Max Cady is released from prison after serving a term of fourteen years. Cady was once represented by Bowden and is now looking for a little payback, as he feels that his former attorney didn't do everything he possibly could to keep him out of prison. Now, Sam must realize the present danger that is before him, as not only is his life in absolute danger--but also his family and everybody else he loves and cares for. The stakes have never been higher.
This is an absolutely disturbing film that pulls no punches. It's a very uneasy movie to watch, and yet it is so well done that it is hard NOT to watch. Robert De Niro is extremely terrifying as the vengeful "Max Cady" who is out and about, looking to settle the score. This is definitely a signature role for De Niro, as this would be one of his many roles that he will be remembered for most. Nick Nolte also gives a remarkable performance that adds a human quality to his character. The movie is well written and is perfectly executed frame by frame. It plays like a Hitchcock film on ecstasy. Martin Scorsese flawlessly directs this horrifying picture and knows what strings to pull to get a reaction from us. Be warned, this is not a movie for those who have weak stomachs or faint hearts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting remake. Dec 11 2003
By R Jess
Format:VHS Tape
I hadn't seen the original 'Cape Fear' but after watching this I've become a lot more interested in seeking it out, just to see the stylistic and indeed the moral differences between 1962 and 1991. I'm sure the original wasn't as violent as this one.
Another tour-de-force for Robert DeNiro, who I believe spent 3 months working out just to build up all that muscle (shades of Raging Bull). Although I think in terms of acting ability Nick Nolte steals the show. As a lawyer caught between the moral relativity of his career and as an everyday man susceptable to the whims of his desire, Nolte portarys all of Sam's uncertainty and inner conflict with an earnest rage.
Paradoxically it is DeNiro who remains for most of the movie relaxed and underwhelmed by most of the events and people he encounters. For instance in the theatre scene with Juliette Lewis. DeNiro performs a subtle piece of seduction, playing on the petty prejudices she has against her parents. He acts as the devil nestling on her shoulder, pretending he can empatise with all her hang-ups and frustrations.
The performances in this straight forward thriller are really what sets 'Cape Fear' apart from other films within this genre. Martin Scorsese is known more for character-driven films rather than plot-driven ones. This particular film was commissioned in part by Universal studios and in part by Steven Spielberg. Scorsese only really did it to get the money for the 'Age Of Innocence'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror Oct. 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Robert De Niro's best performance is his terrifying portrayal of vicious psycho Max Cady, hell-bent on vengeance on his lawyer, Sam Bowden (played by Nick Nolte) who didn't defend him as well as he should of during a rape case. De Niro is clearly playing the part with as much relish as possible. His Southern accent, chilling laugh, Biblical tattoos, and the violent actions he brings to screen make him one of the most memorable villains in cinema. Not only that, but he is a believable one too, not too over-the-top. He's insane near the end, yes, but he is realistic. Nick Nolte gives a fairly good performance to Sam Bowden, Jessica Lange is good as Leigh, and Juliette Lewis gives a remarkable performance as Danielle Bowden, the emotionally-tortured teenage daughter of Sam and Leigh. The way the film uses seduction and betrayal as major themes is a key element. Director Martin Scorsese gives this film a classic horror feeling, paying special homage to the 1962 original by having Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, and Martin Balsam (all in the original) play cameo roles in this box-office remake. Not to mention, Scorsese wisely chose the same eerie score from the original film. This is a wonderful film, and it is horrifying. There is some graphic violence that is quite disturbing (particularly the scene in which Cady mutilates a woman in her apartment), but if that doesn't bother you, than you'll love this film. If you enjoy clever, intellectual psychological thrillers with LOTS of suspense, you'll love "Cape Fear".
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love tough movies that don't flinch... Aug. 16 2003
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Format:DVD
...then you'll find much to love about Martin Scorsese's remake of film noir classic CAPE FEAR. There are some superb performances here, from a clearly-enjoying-himself Robert De Niro, whose terrifying portrayal of Max Cady remains a career high point, to Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis (in her breakout performance), Illeana Douglas, Joe Don Baker (having fun in every scene), Sen. Fred Thompson, and the wonderful trio of Robert Mitchum, Martin Balsam and Gregory Peck (all of whom appeared in the 1962 original).
But beyond great acting, Scorsese assembled some of the greatest talents of 20th century moviemaking to aid him on this picture. Rather than try to top Bernard Herrman's original score (and who could? it's one of the scariest pieces of movie music in history!), Scorsese asked the great Elmer Bernstein to adapt and embellish, and the result is brilliant. His cinematographer is the legendary British director Freddie Francis, who helmed so many blood-curdling Hammer horror flicks in the Sixties and Seventies, and more recently known for his gorgeous cinematography on David Lynch's THE ELEPHANT MAN and THE STRAIGHT STORY. And as usual, Scorsese employs Thelma Schoonmaker (the "editor's editor") with him in post-production, telling the story flawlessly.
Working from a ghoulish, morbidly funny script from Wesley Strick, Scorsese turns CAPE FEAR into a widescreen, Technicolor-hued tribute to early '60s melodramas, but adds a much darker sense of danger and suspense. De Niro's wronged convict comes after Nolte's family with a righteously Biblical cause of revenge and retribution, and proceeds to tear what little semblance of civility the family had for each other into shreds. CAPE FEAR is not a feel-good picture by any means, but it certainly is a wild ride, and a visceral experience provided by masters of the form. Recommended for fans of Alfred Hitchcock, Sergio Leone, and Sam Peckinpah.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
this movie scared me when I was young.. so to buy it and watch it again was great..good to watch
Published 11 months ago by leona lapointe
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSEOME MOVIE....
Classic thriller movie.. with an epic cast! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Published 19 months ago by Lanning B Braaten
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to shabby
of course robert deniro does an amazing job as usual and i liked the premise of the story. A ex convict terrorizes and family after spending 14years in jail which gave him the time... Read more
Published on May 31 2011 by Sorpse
5.0 out of 5 stars Scare you to death
I've seen this version and the original. This is one time the second version surpasses the first. Holden was not nearly the actor DeNiro was in their same roles. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2010 by David A. Cochrane
3.0 out of 5 stars the violence is excessive,but the movie is still not bad
i believe this film pales in comparison to the original 1962
version.for one thing,i found it way too mean spirited and overly
gruesome. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2008 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst horror movie I've ever seen!
The 1991 remake of "Cape Fear" is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Not only because it's graphically violent, but also it's horribly acted by most of its cast. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie,
But don't compare it to the original; that's not fair. In some ways, they're almost 2 different films. Read more
Published on June 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on!
A remake that is better than the original ... it rarely happens, but in this case it has!
CAPE FEAR is a very effective film that managed to pull me right in, I enjoyed every... Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by William
5.0 out of 5 stars GOTTA WATCH OUT FOR ALL THOSE CHRISTIAN MURDERERS
In "Cape Fear", Marty Scorsese introduces a Fourth of July parade scene rife with sluggish Americana. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Steven R. Travers
1.0 out of 5 stars Fear This...Cause It`s That Bad
A bad Martin Scorcese movie if there ever was one, "Cape Fear" starts well enough but soon falls into predictable, convulted, contrived and annoying territory. Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by gonn1000
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