History Film / CapeFear

31st Dec '17 10:04:10 AM nombretomado
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It tells the story of Sam Bowden (GregoryPeck), a lawyer whose family is threatened by a convicted rapist. The rapist, Max Cady (Creator/RobertMitchum), 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 wife (Polly Bergen) and teenaged daughter (Lori Martin) 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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It tells the story of Sam Bowden (GregoryPeck), (Creator/GregoryPeck), a lawyer whose family is threatened by a convicted rapist. The rapist, Max Cady (Creator/RobertMitchum), 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 wife (Polly Bergen) and teenaged daughter (Lori Martin) 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.



* RemakeCameo: GregoryPeck and Robert Mitchum both play supporting roles in the remake. Martin Balsam, who played a police chief in the original, also has a small cameo in the remake.

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* RemakeCameo: GregoryPeck Creator/GregoryPeck and Robert Mitchum both play supporting roles in the remake. Martin Balsam, who played a police chief in the original, also has a small cameo in the remake.
10th Nov '17 10:22:09 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* CombatBreakdown: Played very realistically. By the end of the final fight both men are staggering around, throwing weak punches and sluggishly trying to hit each other with rocks. Despite being much stronger than Bowden, eventually [[RealityEnsues Cady's injuries catch up to him]] and [[spoiler: he drowns in the surf when he's too weak to stand or swim away.]]]


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* RealityEnsues: Despite his [[AxCrazy savagery]], Cady is no superhuman monster. By the end of the final brawl with Bowden, his ''many'' injuries leave him too weak to stand [[spoiler: and he eventually drowns when the surf washes him away.]]
16th Sep '17 8:01:26 AM Malady
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* [[{{Ubermensch}} Ubermensch]]: In-universe, Cady seems to fancy himself as one. Early in the film, he's caught reading AlsoSprachZarathustra, which at first seems like an aside, but near the end he claims he wants to become "more than human", implying he took the book to heart.

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* [[{{Ubermensch}} Ubermensch]]: {{Ubermensch}}: In-universe, Cady seems to fancy himself as one. Early in the film, he's caught reading AlsoSprachZarathustra, ''Literature/AlsoSprachZarathustra'', which at first seems like an aside, but near the end he claims he wants to become "more than human", implying he took the book to heart.
2nd Sep '17 9:54:09 AM Draghinazzo
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Cady. He tries to present himself as a pleasant, well-educated southern gentleman, but it's very clear that beneath the pleasant facade and supposed reverence for God and justice, he is a sadistic murderer and rapist who deserved his prison sentence.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Cady. He tries to present himself as a pleasant, well-educated southern gentleman, gentleman (in the remake, he also has pretensions of being a KnightTemplar who talks about justice and God), but it's very clear that beneath the pleasant that facade and supposed reverence for God and justice, he is a sadistic rapist and murderer who only cares about revenge and rapist who refuses to admit that he deserved to be punished for his prison sentence.crimes, regardless of whether his lawyer could have gotten him off the hook or not.
2nd Sep '17 9:46:24 AM Draghinazzo
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Cady. He tries to present himself as a pleasant, well-educated southern gentleman, but it's very clear that beneath the pleasant facade and biblical and literary allusions he is a sadistic, cruel murderer whose prison sentence was well-deserved.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Cady. He tries to present himself as a pleasant, well-educated southern gentleman, but it's very clear that beneath the pleasant facade and biblical supposed reverence for God and literary allusions justice, he is a sadistic, cruel sadistic murderer whose and rapist who deserved his prison sentence was well-deserved.sentence.
2nd Sep '17 9:42:12 AM Draghinazzo
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Cady.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Cady. He tries to present himself as a pleasant, well-educated southern gentleman, but it's very clear that beneath the pleasant facade and biblical and literary allusions he is a sadistic, cruel murderer whose prison sentence was well-deserved.
10th Aug '17 2:14:21 PM ClintEastwood
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* RecycledSoundtrack:
** The film reuses Music/BernardHerrmann's score from the original.
** The music that is heard at the climax of the movie was a piece of music that Herrmann had written for Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/TornCurtain'', but that piece of music was never used. Music/ElmerBernstein had always liked that original score and he asked Creator/MartinScorsese if it could be used in ''Cape Fear''.
26th Apr '17 11:12:04 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: While it was unprofessional for Bowden to withhold evidence from the trial, it didn't excuse the fact that Cady had actually performed a rape so brutal that Bowden felt Cady needed to serve the maximum sentence. Bowden defiantly points this out to Cady during the final confrontation. The nature of the evidence--the rape victim's sexual history--also helps with this, "shaming the victim" in such a sense being a particularly controversial defence in rape trials - so much so that it is now inadmissable as evidence.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: While it was unprofessional a breach of professional ethics for Bowden to withhold evidence from the trial, it didn't excuse the fact that Cady had actually performed a rape so brutal that Bowden felt Cady needed to serve the maximum sentence. Bowden defiantly points this out to Cady during the final confrontation. The nature of the evidence--the rape victim's sexual history--also helps with this, "shaming the victim" in such a sense being a particularly controversial defence in rape trials - so much so that it is now inadmissable as evidence.
21st Mar '17 10:14:59 PM DrOO7
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* PlayingPossum: Sam pretends to be dead or at least unconscious when Cady strangles him, enabling him to grab a rock and bash him on the head.
21st Mar '17 8:54:50 PM DrOO7
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* InfantImmortality: As cited above, Cady kills the family dog in both versions.
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