Combustible Celluloid
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With: Nick Nolte, Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis, Joe Don Baker, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck
Written by: Wesley Strick
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and language
Running Time: 128
Date: 11/13/1991

Cape Fear (1991)

3 Stars (out of 4)

What Cady Did

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The heart-warming story of a hardened convict returning to exact revenge on the lawyer who put him in jail. J. Lee Thompson's black-and-white original is much leaner and has Robert Mitchum as the cunning Max Cady, but noble Gregory Peck can't quite match him. Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake adds tremendous length and depth to the story, including a knockout performance by a young Juliette Lewis as Nick Nolte's impressionable daughter. Robert DeNiro equals Mitchum in a sinister and truly frightening performance as the new Cady -- though Scorsese's version can get a little too show-offy and hyper-kinetic for its own good. Universal's Tenth Aninversary Edition comes in a 2-disc set with heaps of extras, though notably minus a commentary track by Scorsese.

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