History Film / CapeFear

17th Aug '16 10:34:22 AM Mdumas43073
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5th Aug '16 10:06:23 PM DevinMeenan
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** Deputy Kersek and PI Charlie Sievers from the original are combined into a single character in the remake.
5th Aug '16 9:38:59 PM DevinMeenan
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* AdaptationNameChange: Bowden's wife and daughter's names are changed from Peggy & Nancy to Leigh & Danielle.
23rd Jul '16 1:14:38 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* FromNobodyToNightmare: From an illiterate rube rapist to a buff, law-degree-holding, DangerouslyGenreSavvy homicidal bastard with a liking for teenage girls.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: From an illiterate rube rapist to a buff, law-degree-holding, DangerouslyGenreSavvy law-degree-holding homicidal bastard with a liking for teenage girls.
2nd Jul '16 7:08:04 PM eroock
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* BuyThemOff: Bowden offers Cady $10,000 in cash to leave him alone. He doesn't take it.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Cady.



* MenacingStroll: Cady, even when he's released from prison, even walking into the camera.
* PoliceAreUseless: When Bowden suspects that Cady is stalking him, the first thing he does is go to the police, but they can't do anything because they lack any evidence of wrongdoing. The one helpful cop suggests using his family as bait. Bowden doesn't care for the implications.
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: Cady leaves prison well-shaped.



* ScarpiaUltimatum:
* Cady promises to spare the daughter if Bowden's wife would have sex with him. In the remake, the wife offers herself up as soon as Cady goes for the daughter.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Today, stalking laws would go a long way to hinder someone like Cady. Rape laws now ban the use of the victims' sexual history in court.

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* ScarpiaUltimatum:
{{Revenge}}: Cady's lust for revenge against Bowden fuels the plot and hits a lot of RevengeTropes.
* RevengeByProxy: Cady's MO is to brutalize and/or kill people close to Bowden to teach him the meaning of loss.
-->'''Cady''': Rape for [[PrisonRape Rape]]. Wife for wife. And child for child.
* ScarpiaUltimatum:
Cady promises to spare the daughter if Bowden's wife would have sex with him. In the remake, the wife offers herself up as soon as Cady goes for the daughter.
* SocietyMarchesOn: SocietyMarchesOn:
** Both:
Today, stalking laws would go a long way to hinder someone like Cady. Rape laws now ban Cady.
** Remake: Viewers can be somewhat mystified by
the use of premise for why antagonist Max Cady felt slighted by protagonist Sam Bowden. At the victims' time of release, the prior sexual history of a rape victim was a valid defense that would have lessened Cady's sentence, or might have even kept him out of jail. Nowadays, prior sexual history is inadmissible in court.rape cases.



* BuyThemOff: Bowden offers Cady $10,000 in cash to leave him alone. He doesn't take it.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Cady.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: Used for the introduction of the latin maid.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Cady.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: Used for the introduction of the latin Latin maid.



* ForgottenTrope: Viewers can be somewhat mystified by the premise for why antagonist Max Cady (RobertDeNiro) felt slighted by protagonist Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). At the time of release, the prior sexual history of a rape victim was a valid defense that would have lessened Cady's sentence, or might have even kept him out of jail. Nowadays, prior sexual history is inadmissible in rape cases.



* TheFundamentalist: Cady and Heller (Cady's attorney)

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* TheFundamentalist: Cady and Heller (Cady's attorney)attorney).



* HellholePrison: Cady doesn't stop telling Sam all about it.

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* HellholePrison: Cady doesn't stop telling Sam all about it. He even alludes to have been subjected to PrisonRape.



* {{Improv}}: Robert De Niro and Creator/IlleanaDouglas's (Sam's collegue) scenes were improvised.



* MenacingStroll: Cady, even when he's released from prison, even walking into the camera.



* PoliceAreUseless: When Bowden suspects that Cady is stalking him, the first thing he does is go to the police, but they can't do anything because they lack any evidence of wrongdoing. The one helpful cop (played by Robert Mitchum) suggests using his family as bait. Bowden doesn't care for the implications.
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: Cady leaves prison well-shaped.



* {{Revenge}}: Cady's lust for revenge against Bowden fuels the plot and hits a lot of RevengeTropes.
* RevengeByProxy: Cady's MO is to brutalize and/or kill people close to Bowden to teach him the meaning of loss.
2nd Jul '16 6:49:22 PM eroock
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* ForcedToMatch: Cady disables Bowden at the boat and then the latter has to watch helplessly as Cady goes for his wife and daughter.

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* ForcedToMatch: ForcedToWatch: Cady disables Bowden at the boat and then the latter has to watch helplessly as Cady goes for his wife and daughter.
2nd Jul '16 6:43:34 PM eroock
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* ScarpiaUltimatum

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* ScarpiaUltimatumScarpiaUltimatum:
* Cady promises to spare the daughter if Bowden's wife would have sex with him. In the remake, the wife offers herself up as soon as Cady goes for the daughter.


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* DefensiveFailure: The daughter threatens Cady with a iron bar but he easily takes it out of her hands without any resistance.


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* HandGagging: Cady handgags the daughter when taking her out of the house in the final act.


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* ForcedToMatch: Cady disables Bowden at the boat and then the latter has to watch helplessly as Cady goes for his wife and daughter.


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* ManOnFire: Danielle sprays Cady with lighter fluid while he lights a cigar, engulfing him in flames and causing him to jump off the boat to extinguish the fire.
2nd Jul '16 6:36:17 PM eroock
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!! The 1962 film contains examples of:
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Diane Taylor, who pays for it heavily.
* AmbulanceChaser: Cady's lawyer.
** AmoralAttorney: He is actually worse in the original film, as it becomes clear that he has a history of twisting the truth and taking advantage of human rights violation fears to accuse police of brutality at the slightest whim and trying to completely exonerate his scumbag clients. When Bowden asked him how he knew about the police watching his house, he shut up, knowing that this would implicate that his client was stalking them.
* AsYouKnow: Sam Bowden's plan to deal with Cady is helpfully exposited by his wife.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: The original film portrayed Robert Mitchum as pure evil, with absolutely no legitimate reason to begrudge his conviction and Gregory Peck as perfectly virtuous, not deserving of any retribution.
* CruelMercy: [[spoiler: Sam is in a position where he could easily kill Cady and get away with it, justifying it as being in fear for his life and that of his family. He instead lets him live, explaining in great detail how much Cady will enjoy his inevitable life sentence, being forced to wait for death in the prison he hated so much.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Though most films were colour in 1962, the film was shot in black and white probably to add to the menace of the film.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Unlike in the remake, Cady has no legitimate reason to begrudge his conviction in the original. His RageAgainstTheLegalSystem comes out of left field.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Despite the overwhelming theme of sexual violence, the word "rape" is never used, nor does the dialogue get explicit. The closest the script comes is "attacked". This last case is fully justified, as the parents are discussing the possibility of Cady going after their daughter, and their tone makes it clear that they are consciously using a euphemism because they are trying to avoid thinking about their daughter getting raped.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Cady smokes Evil Cigars.
* GoryDiscretionShot: When Cady attacks the girl at the hotel, her frantic grab at the door just pulls it shut, leaving only a narrow crack for the camera to see through.
* IronicEcho: Cady mentions that when he "visited" his ex-wife, she tried to hit him with a poker. Nancy later attempts to hold Cady off with a poker the same way.
* JunglesSoundLikeKookaburras: A kookaburra sound appears during the third act of the film, along the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, USA. Given that a kookaburra sound is usually assumed to be a monkey, note that there are neither kookaburras nor monkeys native to the American South.
* ManInWhite: Cady.
* NeverMyFault: Cady wants revenge because Bowden got him convicted, and seems completely oblivious to the fact that he fully deserved it. Also had this reaction when his wife left him; not only was it cruel and unfair to him, but she only left him because Sam testified and got him in prison, not because he was caught raping someone.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Savalas' character hires three thugs to deal one out to Cady. It turns out to be a case of MuggingTheMonster.
* PrivateDetective: Telly Savalas.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler: Bowden gives one to Cady after finally catching him at gunpoint.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Cady:''' Go ahead. I just don't give a damn.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''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! ]]
* RulesLawyer: As in ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', Gregory Peck plays one of these. He still manages to be the good guy.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Diane Taylor.
* ShirtlessScene: Cady has several, all played for the same kind of menace as a FullFrontalAssault.
* SmugSnake: Mitchum, to a T. That relaxed drawl of his is terrifying.
* ThouShaltNotKill: [[spoiler:Bowden decides life in prison is better than death for Cady.]]
* TranquilFury: Mitchum has this quiet but insistent animal terror underlying everything he does.
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!! The 1962 film contains examples of:
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Diane Taylor, who pays for it heavily.
* AmbulanceChaser: Cady's lawyer.
** AmoralAttorney: He is actually worse in the original film, as it becomes clear that he has a history of twisting the truth and taking advantage of human rights violation fears to accuse police of brutality at the slightest whim and trying to completely exonerate his scumbag clients. When Bowden asked him how he knew about the police watching his house, he shut up, knowing that this would implicate that his client was stalking them.
* AsYouKnow: Sam Bowden's plan to deal with Cady is helpfully exposited by his wife.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: The original film portrayed Robert Mitchum as pure evil, with absolutely no legitimate reason to begrudge his conviction and Gregory Peck as perfectly virtuous, not deserving of any retribution.
* CruelMercy: [[spoiler: Sam is in a position where he could easily kill Cady and get away with it, justifying it as being in fear for his life and that of his family. He instead lets him live, explaining in great detail how much Cady will enjoy his inevitable life sentence, being forced to wait for death in the prison he hated so much.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Though most films were colour in 1962, the film was shot in black and white probably to add to the menace of the film.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Unlike in the remake, Cady has no legitimate reason to begrudge his conviction in the original. His RageAgainstTheLegalSystem comes out of left field.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Despite the overwhelming theme of sexual violence, the word "rape" is never used, nor does the dialogue get explicit. The closest the script comes is "attacked". This last case is fully justified, as the parents are discussing the possibility of Cady going after their daughter, and their tone makes it clear that they are consciously using a euphemism because they are trying to avoid thinking about their daughter getting raped.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Cady smokes Evil Cigars.
* GoryDiscretionShot: When Cady attacks the girl at the hotel, her frantic grab at the door just pulls it shut, leaving only a narrow crack for the camera to see through.
* IronicEcho: Cady mentions that when he "visited" his ex-wife, she tried to hit him with a poker. Nancy later attempts to hold Cady off with a poker the same way.
* JunglesSoundLikeKookaburras: A kookaburra sound appears during the third act of the film, along the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, USA. Given that a kookaburra sound is usually assumed to be a monkey, note that there are neither kookaburras nor monkeys native to the American South.
* ManInWhite: Cady.
* NeverMyFault: Cady wants revenge because Bowden got him convicted, and seems completely oblivious to the fact that he fully deserved it. Also had this reaction when his wife left him; not only was it cruel and unfair to him, but she only left him because Sam testified and got him in prison, not because he was caught raping someone.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Savalas' character hires three thugs to deal one out to Cady. It turns out to be a case of MuggingTheMonster.
* PrivateDetective: Telly Savalas.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler: Bowden gives one to Cady after finally catching him at gunpoint.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Cady:''' Go ahead. I just don't give a damn.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''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! ]]
* RulesLawyer: As in ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', Gregory Peck plays one of these. He still manages to be the good guy.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Diane Taylor.
* ShirtlessScene: Cady has several, all played for the same kind of menace as a FullFrontalAssault.
* SmugSnake: Mitchum, to a T. That relaxed drawl of his is terrifying.
* ThouShaltNotKill: [[spoiler:Bowden decides life in prison is better than death for Cady.]]
* TranquilFury: Mitchum has this quiet but insistent animal terror underlying everything he does.
2nd Jul '16 6:06:39 PM eroock
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* DateRape: Cady's encounter with Diane Taylor (Lori Davis in the remake) ends up this way.



* DateRape: Cady's encounter with Lori ends up this way.
2nd Jul '16 5:53:30 PM eroock
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* DeliberatelyMonochrome
* DisproportionateRetribution

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome
DeliberatelyMonochrome: Though most films were colour in 1962, the film was shot in black and white probably to add to the menace of the film.
* DisproportionateRetributionDisproportionateRetribution: Unlike in the remake, Cady has no legitimate reason to begrudge his conviction in the original. His RageAgainstTheLegalSystem comes out of left field.
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