History Film / CapeFear

22nd Apr '16 7:57:44 AM marcoasalazarm
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* 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 inadmissable in rape cases.

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* 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 inadmissable inadmissible in rape cases.


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* GrayAndBlackMorality: In contrast to the BlackAndWhiteMorality of the original. This version of Bowden had an affair (the consequences of it were still being felt by the family, including having been forced to move away) and performed an illegal (even disbarring-worthy) act by holding back Cady's victim's sexual history, but he still is a good guy next to the ''brutal'' monster that is Cady.
12th Apr '16 6:16:14 AM Shadowgazer
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* VillainHasAPoint: Cady ''is'' technically correct when he points out that Bowden violated his legal and ethical duty as a defense attorney by burying important evidence that may have secured his client's acquittal. Hence he bears no grudge against the judge or the prosecutor, who were just doing their jobs correctly.

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* VillainHasAPoint: Cady ''is'' technically correct when he points out that Bowden violated his legal and ethical duty as a defense attorney by burying important evidence that may have secured his client's acquittal. Hence he bears no grudge against the judge or the prosecutor, who were just doing their jobs correctly. Only technically though, since this leads more to the condemnation of such a warped law than to Cady's justification.
12th Apr '16 6:11:20 AM Shadowgazer
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** 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.
1st Apr '16 6:47:21 AM Taskmaster123
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The movie makes a point that Cady educated himself in prison, and acted as his own lawyer. His vendetta against Bowden is due to his discovering that Bowden suppressed evidence that the girl he raped was promiscuous, which may have gotten him a lighter sentence or even had the case dismissed. The question of exactly how he learned Bowden suppressed this goes unanswered. Acting as his own attorney, he would have gotten access to trial notes and evidence, but where exactly would he learn of this? Bowden would not have been stupid enough to record that evidence in his own notes, as it coming out during a post-trial investigation or retrial would have gotten him definitely disbarred and probably facing criminal charges. Even if he did put it in his notes (which would have been insane to do) and Cady requested the case file as part of his appeal, no legal secretary is going to send anything to anyone without the lawyer who handled the case reviewing the file first. This evidence would not have been recorded or even sought out by the prosecution, as it would only hurt their case, so Cady would not have learned of it from their files. The only way Bowden could suppressed it is by talking to the girl or her associates, learning of her promiscuity, and saying nothing and not recording it. The only way it makes sense is for Cady to have spoken with the same people that Bowden interviewed and learning from them that they informed Bowden of the girls promiscuity, but that's a stretch. As a convicted felon in prison acting as his own attorney, he would have had no supoena or summoning ability and talking to witnesses would have been nearly impossible, unless he requested they visit him and learned the facts just by talking to them. Possible, but just barely.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The movie makes a point that Cady educated himself in prison, and acted as his own lawyer. His vendetta against Bowden is due to his discovering that Bowden suppressed evidence that the girl he raped was promiscuous, which may have gotten him a lighter sentence or even had the case dismissed. The question of exactly how he learned Bowden suppressed this goes unanswered. Acting as his own attorney, he would have gotten access to trial notes and evidence, but where exactly would he learn of this? Bowden would not have been stupid enough to record that evidence in his own notes, as it coming out during a post-trial investigation or retrial would have gotten him definitely disbarred and probably facing criminal charges. Even if he did put it in his notes (which would have been insane to do) and Cady requested the case file as part of his appeal, no legal secretary is going to send anything to anyone without the lawyer who handled the case reviewing the file first. This evidence would not have been recorded or even sought out by the prosecution, as it would only hurt their case, so Cady would not have learned of it from their files. The only way Bowden could have suppressed it is by talking to the girl or her associates, learning of her promiscuity, and saying nothing and not recording it. The only way it makes sense for Cady to have found out is for Cady him to have spoken with the same people that Bowden interviewed and learning from them that they informed Bowden of the girls promiscuity, but that's a stretch. As a convicted felon in prison acting as his own attorney, he would have had no supoena or summoning ability and talking to witnesses would have been nearly impossible, unless he requested they visit him and learned the facts just by talking to them. Possible, but just barely.
1st Apr '16 6:45:02 AM Taskmaster123
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The movie makes a point that Cady educated himself in prison, and acted as his own lawyer. His vendetta against Bowden is due to his discovering that Bowden suppressed evidence that the girl he raped was promiscuous, which may have gotten him a lighter sentence or even had the case dismissed. The question of exactly how he learned Bowden suppressed this goes unanswered. Acting as his own attorney, he would have gotten access to trial notes and evidence, but where exactly would he learn of this? Bowden would not have been stupid enough to record that evidence in his own notes, as it coming out during a post-trial investigation or retrial would have gotten him definitely disbarred and probably facing criminal charges. Even if he did put it in his notes (which would have been insane to do) and Cady requested the case file as part of his appeal, no legal secretary is going to send anything to anyone without the lawyer who handled the case reviewing the file first. This evidence would not have been recorded or even sought out by the prosecution, as it would only hurt their case, so Cady would not have learned of it from their files. The only way Bowden could suppressed it is by talking to the girl or her associates, learning of her promiscuity, and saying nothing and not recording it. The only way it makes sense is for Cady to have spoken with the same people that Bowden interviewed and learning from them that they informed Bowden of the girls promiscuity, but that's a stretch. As a convicted felon in prison acting as his own attorney, he would have had no supoena or summoning ability and talking to witnesses would have been nearly impossible, unless he requested they visit him and learned the facts just by talking to them. Possible, but just barely.
29th Mar '16 1:41:53 PM TheNewBig
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* AmoralAttorney: Gregory Peck's cameo as Cady's lawyer. Also Bowden dipped his toe into the pool in the backstory, purposefully bungling Cady's defence.

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* AmoralAttorney: Gregory Peck's cameo as Cady's lawyer. Also Bowden dipped his toe into the pool in the backstory, purposefully bungling intentionally sabotaging Cady's defence.defence, on the other hand was actually done out of morality.



* BlackAndGrayMorality: A varying shade of gray depending on whether you agree that RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, since Bowden seems more shocked by the fact that Lori was raped than brutally beaten (and the film shows that he has other human flaws as well, like having an affair, taking things personal, etc.). Nevertheless, he's still firmly a good guy when paired against Cady, as sabotaging the latter's defense to punish him and prevent further crimes was a clear altruistic action.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: A varying Black vs a very, very ''light'' shade of gray depending on whether you agree that RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, since Bowden seems more shocked by the fact that Lori was raped than brutally beaten (and the film shows that he has other human flaws as well, like having grey. Generally what happens when an affair, taking things personal, etc.). Nevertheless, he's still firmly a overall good guy when paired man with anger issues and who partook in an affair is up against Cady, as a rapist. Despite his other transgressions, sabotaging the latter's defense to punish him and prevent further crimes was a clear altruistic action.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Bowden should have never consented to the thugs beating Cady up. That only made Cady go off the rails.
17th Mar '16 8:42:31 AM futuremoviewriter
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* BittersweetEnding: The Bowdens are traumatized by the events of the story but survive, while Cady goes back to prison for life (1962 original) or drowns in the river (1991 remake).
13th Mar '16 5:14:58 AM eroock
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* {{Bookends}}: The movie begins with chilling music and a blood-red negative shot of a [[CloseupOnHead on the daughter's eyes]] zooming out into a positive shot of her giving a speech. The final scene inverts this, starting with a positive shot of her monologing AnAesop and zooming in on her eyes, turning the shot into a b&w and then red negative.

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* {{Bookends}}: The movie begins with chilling music and a blood-red negative shot of a [[CloseupOnHead on the daughter's eyes]] zooming out into a positive shot of her giving a speech. The final scene inverts this, starting with a positive shot of her monologing AnAesop and zooming in on her eyes, turning the shot into a b&w b/w and then red negative.
13th Mar '16 5:11:06 AM eroock
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: A varying shade of gray depending on whether you agree that RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, since Bowden seems more shocked by the fact that Lori was raped than brutally beaten (and the film shows that he has other human flaws as well, like having an affair, taking things personal, etc.). Nevertheless, he's still firmly a good guy when paired against Cady, as sabotaging the latter's defence to punish him and prevent further crimes was a clear altruistic action.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: A varying shade of gray depending on whether you agree that RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, since Bowden seems more shocked by the fact that Lori was raped than brutally beaten (and the film shows that he has other human flaws as well, like having an affair, taking things personal, etc.). Nevertheless, he's still firmly a good guy when paired against Cady, as sabotaging the latter's defence defense to punish him and prevent further crimes was a clear altruistic action.


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* {{Bookends}}: The movie begins with chilling music and a blood-red negative shot of a [[CloseupOnHead on the daughter's eyes]] zooming out into a positive shot of her giving a speech. The final scene inverts this, starting with a positive shot of her monologing AnAesop and zooming in on her eyes, turning the shot into a b&w and then red negative.
13th Mar '16 5:02:17 AM eroock
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* CastingGag: Gregory Peck in his aforementioned role.
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