History Film / CapeFear

29th Dec '15 3:20:39 AM BurningMayfare
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Sweeping judgments on morality don't belong on Tv Tropes, and aren't needed to describe the "Villain Has A Point" trope
* 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. However, morally-speaking, Bowden clearly made the right choice. Using that evidence would've humiliated an already traumatized rape victim(it was her sexual history, which is inadmissible today), and let Cady back on the streets in no time.
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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. However, morally-speaking, Bowden clearly made the right choice. Using that evidence would've humiliated an already traumatized rape victim(it was her sexual history, which is inadmissible today), and let Cady back on the streets in no time.
26th Nov '15 2:04:21 PM eroock
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* 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.
26th Nov '15 6:45:28 AM eroock
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'''''Cape Fear''''' is a 1962 film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It tells the story of Sam Bowden (GregoryPeck), a lawyer whose family is threatened by a convicted rapist. The rapist, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum), wants vengeance for having been imprisoned on Bowden's testimony after the latter witnessed him attempting to rape a woman. After a lengthy game of cat and mouse between the two, Bowden takes his family to their houseboat on Cape Fear, hoping to set a trap for Cady that will lead to his re-imprisonment. Needless to say, this does not go as planned.
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'''''Cape Fear''''' ''Cape Fear'' is a 1962 film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It tells the story of Sam Bowden (GregoryPeck), a lawyer whose family is threatened by a convicted rapist. The rapist, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum), wants vengeance for having been imprisoned on Bowden's testimony after the latter witnessed him attempting to rape a woman. After a lengthy game of cat and mouse between the two, Bowden takes his family to their houseboat on Cape Fear, hoping to set a trap for Cady that will lead to his re-imprisonment. Needless to say, this does not go as planned.
5th Nov '15 9:28:09 AM mlsmithca
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Mass fixing indentation. Trope entries never get second-level bullets and especially not third-level bullets. And the names of tropes at the beginning of trope entries never go in spoiler tags for any reason. Ever.
* BuyThemOff: Bowden offers Cady $10,000 in cash to leave him alone. He doesn't take it.

* GeniusBruiser: Cady is both in exceptionally good shape and terrifyingly smart. ** He studied law in prison, becoming a lawyer, even acting as his own defense during his appeals, so he knew when and how to harass the Bowdens.
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* GeniusBruiser: Cady is both in exceptionally good shape and terrifyingly smart. ** smart. He studied law in prison, becoming a lawyer, even acting as his own defense during his appeals, so he knew when and how to harass the Bowdens.

* IronicEcho: In a meta-sense; where Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum played the upstanding lawyer and the sadistic rapist in the original, their cameo roles in the remake essentially place them on the opposite sides, with Mitchum playing a police detective sympathetic to Bowden's plight and Peck playing Cady's attorney. ** Peck stated in an interview that he was offered a few different roles to make a cameo as, and immediately asked for the least sympathetic one.
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* IronicEcho: In a meta-sense; where Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum played the upstanding lawyer and the sadistic rapist in the original, their cameo roles in the remake essentially place them on the opposite sides, with Mitchum playing a police detective sympathetic to Bowden's plight and Peck playing Cady's attorney. ** attorney. Peck stated in an interview that he was offered a few different roles to make a cameo as, and immediately asked for the least sympathetic one.

* RemakeCameo: The remake featured cameos by Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, the hero and antagonist (respectively) of the original. ** Also, Martin Balsam, who played the sympathetic cop role in the original, plays a judge in the remake.
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* RemakeCameo: The remake featured cameos by Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, the hero and antagonist (respectively) of the original. ** original. Also, Martin Balsam, who played the sympathetic cop role in the original, plays a judge in the remake.

** BestServedCold ** BuyThemOff: Bowden offers Cady $10,000 in cash to leave him alone. He doesn't take it. ** RevengeByProxy: Cady's MO is to brutalize and/or kill people close to Bowden to teach him the meaning of loss. *** ForcedToWatch *** RevengeThroughCorruption: Cady gets his hooks in Bowden's daughter, almost seducing her, but she eventually sees him for the monster he is. Likewise, he never got what he truly wanted out of Sam, as he was killed in self-defense. *** Brought up by Cady in discussion with Sam about how his PrisonRape past could be properly retaliated.
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** BestServedCold ** BuyThemOff: Bowden offers Cady $10,000 in cash to leave him alone. He doesn't take it. ** * RevengeByProxy: Cady's MO is to brutalize and/or kill people close to Bowden to teach him the meaning of loss. *** ForcedToWatch *** * RevengeThroughCorruption: Cady gets his hooks in Bowden's daughter, almost seducing her, but she eventually sees him for the monster he is. Likewise, he never got what he truly wanted out of Sam, as he was killed in self-defense. *** self-defense. Brought up by Cady in discussion with Sam about how his PrisonRape past could be properly retaliated.

* AsYouKnow / LetMeGetThisStraight: Sam Bowden's plan to deal with Cady is helpfully exposited by his wife.
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* AsYouKnow / LetMeGetThisStraight: AsYouKnow: Sam Bowden's plan to deal with Cady is helpfully exposited by his wife.

* GoryDiscretionShot / NothingIsScarier: 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.
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* GoryDiscretionShot / NothingIsScarier: 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.

* [[spoiler: ThouShaltNotKill: Bowden decides life in prison is better than death for Cady.]]
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* [[spoiler: ThouShaltNotKill: Bowden [[spoiler:Bowden decides life in prison is better than death for Cady.]]
5th Nov '15 8:07:00 AM system
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4th Nov '15 1:31:21 AM FlameFeathers
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** YourMileageMayVary on that, really.
4th Nov '15 1:22:31 AM FlameFeathers
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'''''Cape Fear''''' is a 1991 film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It tells the story of Sam Bowden (GregoryPeck), a lawyer whose family is threatened by a convicted rapist. The rapist, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum), wants vengeance for having been imprisoned on Bowden's testimony after the latter witnessed him attempting to rape a woman. After a lengthy game of cat and mouse between the two, Bowden takes his family to their houseboat on Cape Fear, hoping to set a trap for Cady that will lead to his re-imprisonment. Needless to say, this does not go as planned.
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'''''Cape Fear''''' is a 1991 1962 film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It tells the story of Sam Bowden (GregoryPeck), a lawyer whose family is threatened by a convicted rapist. The rapist, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum), wants vengeance for having been imprisoned on Bowden's testimony after the latter witnessed him attempting to rape a woman. After a lengthy game of cat and mouse between the two, Bowden takes his family to their houseboat on Cape Fear, hoping to set a trap for Cady that will lead to his re-imprisonment. Needless to say, this does not go as planned.
4th Nov '15 1:22:02 AM FlameFeathers
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'''''Cape Fear''''' is a 1962 film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It tells the story of Sam Bowden (GregoryPeck), a lawyer whose family is threatened by a convicted rapist. The rapist, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum), wants vengeance for having been imprisoned on Bowden's testimony after the latter witnessed him attempting to rape a woman. After a lengthy game of cat and mouse between the two, Bowden takes his family to their houseboat on Cape Fear, hoping to set a trap for Cady that will lead to his re-imprisonment. Needless to say, this does not go as planned.
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'''''Cape Fear''''' is a 1962 1991 film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It tells the story of Sam Bowden (GregoryPeck), a lawyer whose family is threatened by a convicted rapist. The rapist, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum), wants vengeance for having been imprisoned on Bowden's testimony after the latter witnessed him attempting to rape a woman. After a lengthy game of cat and mouse between the two, Bowden takes his family to their houseboat on Cape Fear, hoping to set a trap for Cady that will lead to his re-imprisonment. Needless to say, this does not go as planned.
23rd Oct '15 4:26:50 PM Morgenthaler
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Misuse. It's Genre Savvy, not just "savvy".
* 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 [[GenreSavvy helpful cop]] (played by Robert Mitchum) suggests using his family as bait. Bowden doesn't care for the implications.
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* 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 [[GenreSavvy helpful cop]] cop (played by Robert Mitchum) suggests using his family as bait. Bowden doesn't care for the implications.
7th Sep '15 2:18:36 AM Aurelian
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* VillainHasAPoint: Cady ''is'' technically correct when he points out that as a legal attorney, Bowden broke the rules in burying evidence that may have secured his acquittal. However, morally-speaking, Bowden clearly made the right choice. Using that evidence would've humiliated an already traumatized rape victim(it was her sexual history, which is inadmissible today), and let Cady back on the streets in no time.
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* VillainHasAPoint: Cady ''is'' technically correct when he points out that as a legal attorney, Bowden broke the rules in violated his legal and ethical duty as a defense attorney by burying important evidence that may have secured his acquittal.client's acquittal. Hence he bears no grudge against the judge or the prosecutor, who were just doing their jobs correctly. However, morally-speaking, Bowden clearly made the right choice. Using that evidence would've humiliated an already traumatized rape victim(it was her sexual history, which is inadmissible today), and let Cady back on the streets in no time.
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