Martin Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear provided the director with a box-office success to follow up the critical success of the previous year’s Goodfellas. After serving a lengthy prison sentence for a sexual assault, Max Cady (Robert De Niro) comes calling on the man who served as his public defender, Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). Max begins a campaign of harassment against the man and his family because Bowden buried a report that would have in all likelihood acquitted Cady of the charges against him. –amctv
Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and soon developed a passion for cinema and a particular admiration for neo-realist cinema which inspired him and influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian heritage. After graduating from NYU Film School in 1966 and making a number of shorts, he shot his first feature-length film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1968) with fellow student, actor Harvey Keitel, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. Mean Streets followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the ‘Scorsese style’. After Scorsese directed Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. After New York, New York Scorsese released Raging Bull. The acclaimed biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta was followed by exploration of fans as pariah in The King of Comedy, dark-comic dreams in After Hours and pool sharks in The Color of Money. Scorsese outraged some religious… read more
What was once a b-noir has become a morally complex psychological thriller w/ Scorsese's personal stamp on the story & Hitchcock-inspired camera tricks. While I still prefer Mitchum's menacing coolness De Niro does an admirable job. In the end it improves on the original with its standout seduction scene, climatic ending, & morally conflicted family. Scorsese has proven himself in working with a genre picture.
Gloriously over the top from the performances, music, editing to finally the camera movement which might be the most insane i've seen it from Scorsese which is saying something.
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If there was a director destined to remake 1962’s Cape Fear in the early 90s, before Tarantino arrived on the scene with his love for reusing old styles, Martin Scorsese would have (not necessarily… read review