Released in 1991, Cape Fear was, and remains, one of the most underrated films of Martin Scorsese‘s illustrious career. A psychological thriller starring Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, Juliette Lewis, Robert Mitchum, and Gregory Peck in his final film role.
Scorsese’s adaptation of the 1962 film of the same name sees three actors feature in both films. The aforementioned Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck as well as a cameo from Martin Balsam. Arguably one of the most intense films Scorsese ever presided over, the plot is based on the determination of convicted rapist Max Cady (De Niro) who, using his newfound and self-taught knowledge of the law and its numerous loopholes, seeks vengeance against his former lawyer whom he blames for his 14-year imprisonment due to purposefully burying facts that would’ve helped him win his case.
The lawyer in question is Sam Bowden (Nolte) and when encountering Cady the convicted violent offender hints that he has learned of Bowden’s purposeful negligence on his case. What ensues is a deep, dark and disturbing tale of intensity and violence, as Cady looks to seek revenge on Bowden and his family.
The film’s cast rightly deserves acclaim for this brilliant piece of cinema, as does De Niro for his enigmatic performance as Max Cady and Juliette Lewis and her Academy Award-nominated role as Bowden’s daughter Leigh. The film marks the seventh time Scorsese and DeNiro had worked together and their bond grew.
We take a look at some brilliant behind the scenes images of this incredibly powerful piece of cinema via Cinephilia Beyond. There’s even some bonus footage at the end.
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