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Cape Fear (1962) was a Thriller/Suspense - Drama Film directed by J. Lee Thompson and produced by Sy Bartlett.

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Cape Fear (1962)

By Beatrice on Sep 12, 2017 From Flickers in Time

Cape Fear Directed by J. Lee Thompson Written by James R. Webb from a novel by John D. MacDonald 1962/USA Melville Productions/Talbot Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Mitchum’s Max Cady is scarier than any monster. Max Cady has just been released from eight years in person for assault... Read full article


Cape Fear (1962)

By Marlee Walters on Jul 16, 2014 From Spoilers

Cape Fear is the first film in my thrillers of the 1960?s series featuring my new theory ?the Psycho effect.? Not just in release year, but also casting and stylistically, Cape Fearis the closest to the noirs of the late 40?s and early 50?s of all of the films I?ll be looking at. However, it is dist... Read full article


Cape Fear (1962)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 21, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, and Polly Bergen, the film is an?ominous?and intense thriller.Peck is an attorney in a small town and he has a beautiful wife and young daughter. However, Max Cady (Mitchum), a man he helped put away, is now out. He makes it clear he wants revenge and he will b... Read full article


Cape Fear (1962)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 21, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, and Polly Bergen, the film is an?ominous?and intense thriller.Peck is an attorney in a small town and he has a beautiful wife and young daughter. However, Max Cady (Mitchum), a man he helped put away, is now out. He makes it clear he wants revenge and he will b... Read full article


Cape Fear (1962) – Reader Request

By Kristen on May 7, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

Thanks everyone for voting in the first Reader Request poll (that’s what I’m labeling these reviews). ?By a vote of five, the readers requested a review of the 1962 film Cape Fear. ?Cape Fear is one of my favorite movies, and my second favorite Robert Mitchum film (my favorite being Nigh... Read full article


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Quotes from

Max Cady: I got somethin' planned for your wife and kid that they ain't nevah gonna forget. They ain't nevah gonna forget it... and neither will you, Counselor! Nevah!


Police Chief Mark Dutton: Let's make with the pants.


Sam Bowden: [tries to pay Cady to leave town; Cady wants revenge] You shocking degenerate. I've seen the worst - the dregs - but you... you are the lowest. Makes me sick to breathe the same air.
[leaves the bar]


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Polly Bergen suffered minor bruises in a scene where her character struggles with Robert Mitchum's character. He was supposed to drag her through various doors on the set, but a crewmember mistakenly left all those doors locked, so that when Mitchum forced Bergen through the doors, she was actually being used as a ram to push them open.
J. Lee Thompson originally wanted Hayley Mills to play Nancy Bowden, but Mills couldn't because she was contracted to Walt Disney. Thompson still wishes that he had Hayley Mills play Nancy.
The financial failure of Cape Fear ended Gregory Peck's company, Melville Productions.
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