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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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Max Cady: [Bowden has shot Cady and is holding the gun on him] Go ahead. I just don't give a damn.
Sam Bowden: No. No! That would be letting you off too easy, too fast. Your words - do you remember? Well I do. No, we're gonna take good care of you. We're gonna nurse you back to health. And you're strong, Cady. You're gonna live a long life... in a cage! That's where you belong and that's where you're going. And this time for life! Bang your head against the walls. Count the years - the months - the hours... until the day you rot!


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]


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!


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Gregory Peck, who produced the film, didn't like the original novel's title "The Executioners". When thinking of a new title, he decided that movies named after places tended to be very successful, so he looked at a map of the U.S. until he happened upon Cape Fear in North Carolina.
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.
This film contains one of the few instances of a correct depiction of what someone sees when looking through binoculars. In most films, what is shown resembles a sideways figure 8 (i.e. side by side magnified images, one for each eyepiece). But what one really sees is a single round magnified image, the same as what you see when looking into the eyepiece of a telescope.
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