Cape Fear (1991)

Lists: Psychological Thrillers, Remake or reboot, Revenge

Brief Synopsis: "Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss."

Overall Ranking: 1957 (Rank from 1991: # 17)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 50%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
David Baruffi70
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes64(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman60 - One of Scorsese's lesser efforts.
(full review)

People Involved

  • Robert De Niro (Max Cady)
  • Nick Nolte (Sam Bowden)
  • Jessica Lange (Leigh Bowden)
  • Juliette Lewis (Danielle Bowden)
  • Joe Don Baker (Claude Kersek)
  • Robert Mitchum (Lieutenant Elgart)
  • Gregory Peck (Lee Heller)
  • Illeana Douglas (Lori Davis)
  • Fred Dalton Thompson (Tom Broadbent)
  • Zully Montero (Graciella)
  • Freddie Francis (Director)