My Old Addiction

Cape Fear


(out of 5)

No one would have thought Martin Scorsese capable of such hackery, but here it is. His remake of the 1962 thriller is weakly written and boring to watch, gratuitous in its violence and shallow in its characterizations. The only high points are the excellent performances, notably  as a wickedly evil ex-convict who gets out of prison and stalks the lawyer who sent him down the river () and terrorizes him and his family as revenge.  puts forth more intelligence than most movie teenagers generally get to display as Nolte’s troubled daughter, and  is, as usual, excellent as his bewildered wife. The climax, involving De Niro’s terrorizing the family on their houseboat, is so excessively violent that it ventures well into the realm of the ridiculous.  makes a small, early career appearance as a victim of De Niro’s unappetizing sexual deviance, and if you’re not put off at the point of her disgusting fate then you might as well stay for the whole thing.

, Cappa Films, Tribeca Productions

USA, 1991

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on a screenplay by , from the novel The Executioners by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robert De Niro as “Max Cady”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Juliette Lewis as “Danielle Bowden”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Robert De Niro)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Juliette Lewis)


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