Cape Fear

Cape Fear (1991)

Sam Bowden has always provided for his family's future. But the past is coming back to haunt them.

  • Genre: Crime, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1991-11-13
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 3224 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 8min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Amblin Entertainment
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
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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? 14 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 Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.

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  • Robert De Niro

    as Max Cady
  • Nick Nolte

    as Sam Bowden
  • Jessica Lange

    as Leigh Bowden
  • Juliette Lewis

    as Danielle Bowden
  • Joe Don Baker

    as Claude Kersek
  • Robert Mitchum

    as Lieutenant Elgart
  • Gregory Peck

    as Lee Heller
  • Martin Balsam

    as Judge
  • Illeana Douglas

    as Lori Davis
  • Fred Thompson

    as Tom Broadbent
  • Zully Montero

    as Graciella
  • Craig Henne

    as Prisoner
  • Forest Burton

    as Prisoner
  • Edgar Allan Poe IV

    as Prisoner
  • Rod Ball

    as Prisoner
  • W. Paul Bodie

    as Prisoner
  • Joel Kolker

    as Corrections Officer
  • Antoni Corone

    as Corrections Officer
  • Tamara Jones

    as Ice Cream Cashier
  • Roger Pretto

    as Racquetball Colleague
  • Parris Buckner

    as Racquetball Colleague
  • Margot Moreland

    as Secretary
  • Will Knickerbocker

    as Detective
  • Robert L. Gerlach

    as Arresting Officer
  • Bruce E. Holdstein

    as Arresting Officer
  • Richard Wasserman

    as Parade Watcher
  • Paul Nagle Jr.

    as Parade Watcher
  • Paul Froehler

    as Parade Watcher
  • Mary Ellen O'Brien

    as Parade Watcher
  • Jody Wilson

    as Parade Watcher
  • C.C. Costigan

    as Waitress
  • Domenica Cameron-Scorsese

    as Danny's Girlfriend
  • Gar Stephen

    as Big Man #1
  • Billy D. Lucas

    as Big Man #2
  • Ken Collins

    as Big Man #3
  • Linda Perri

    as Ticket Agent
  • Libby Moyer

    as Ticket Agent
  • Catherine Scorsese

    as Fruit Stand Customer
  • Charles Scorsese

    as Fruit Stand Customer
  • Jackie Davis

    as Jimmy the Dockmaster
  • George Grafas

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Ken Waters

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Esther Rolle

    as Woman Watching Cady Get Out from Under the Car (uncredited)
Art Henry Bumstead Production Design
Art Jack G. Taylor Jr. Art Direction
Production Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Production Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Directing Martin Scorsese Director
Production Ellen Lewis Casting
Editing Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Camera Freddie Francis Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Rita Ryack Costume Design
Production Barbara De Fina Producer
Sound Elmer Bernstein Conductor
Directing Joseph P. Reidy First Assistant Director
Sound Skip Lievsay Supervising Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Dorothy J. Pearl Makeup Artist
Crew Neal Martz Makeup Effects
Sound Kathy Durning Music Editor
Art Alan Hicks Set Decoration
Writing John D. MacDonald Novel
Writing Wesley Strick Screenplay
Sound T.J. O'Mara Boom Operator
Camera Phillip V. Caruso Still Photographer
Writing James R. Webb Original Film Writer
Sound Marissa Littlefield Dialogue Editor
Art Wally Adee Assistant Property Master
Crew Doug Coleman Stunt Double
Crew Donna Evans Stunt Double
Costume & Make-Up Edouard F. Henriques Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Edouard F. Henriques Hairstylist
Sound Philip Stockton Supervising Dialogue Editor
Sound Tom Fleischman Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Lighting Gene Engels Gaffer
Crew J.B. Jones Special Effects Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Lyndell Quiyou Hairstylist
Camera Gordon Hayman Camera Operator
Crew Leon Delaney Stunt Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Donna Battersby Greene Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Elizabeth Lambert Makeup Artist
Lighting William Hines Rigging Gaffer
Directing Corey B. Yugler Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Kathleen Gerlach Assistant Costume Designer
Crew Don Pulford Stunts
Production Dianne E. Collins Publicist
Art Richard Adee Property Master