There is a certain perverseness and frank sexuality to Thompson's 'Cape Fear' which given its time period hurt its box office potential. 50 plus years later it stands as a classic thriller that holds more power than its '91 Scorsese remake. Mitchum and Peck were both powerhouses here well supported all around. Hermann's score is quite magnificent adding to the film's ability to upset and manipulate.
The extreme moralism of a film such as this is double-edged and somehow works the other way round. By sheer fascination, we are invited to cheer for Mitchum's despicable character, and this disturbs the very clear moral positioning of the film (making it way more interesting). Either way, masterful exploration of mood.
Cannot believe I have just now only watched this. Thanks J.Can't image anyone playing it more raw and abusive than Mitchum. Peck as Sam, was right choice for antithesis of Cady. .I've never seen the remake, probably never should.That last scene in the backwater, I didn't breathe.Can't wait to let some time pass to rewatch. Yes. up there with the better Hitch films.
Rbert Mitchum es voraz. Intimida, perturba, provoca impotencia y repugnancia. "Cape fear" es una anatomía del miedo. De cómo la paranoia aumenta más con la ausencia que con la presencia de un individuo. Peck se irá desquebrajando poco a poco. Usará todas sus cartas, y se rebajará al nivel de su antagónico. El cierre parece anunciar esto. Peck condena a Mitchum al sufrimiento. Ha heredado la estrategia del acosador.
Though the story is a little preposterous this Hitchcockian thriller has such a disturbing villain in Mitchum where he gives the same quiet omnipresent villainy that mesmerized in The Night of the Hunter. Equally disturbing is the violence which for the most is implied (which is due to censorship but works for the film).
Absolutely amazing film. Mitchum gave the second greatest performance in a movie ever in my opinion (Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men is my all time favorite performance) Being filmed in black and whit added an all new creepiness to a performance than I'm used to. All and all top ten movies for me a definite must see.
it's very interesting to compare this to Scorsese's take on "Cape Fear" because they are so very different, almost completely. I really liked this one because Mitchum is high on my "creeper" list and Peck is a great actor. the black and white adds another terrifying depth to this film. I found myself grasping at the covers at certain scenes and my heart paused a few times. this is a great film/classic/should be seen
If Harry Powell was not proof enough, Mitchum's Max Cady shows that the man knew how to terrify. Cady is more than just a sociopathic rapist, he's a feral beast rising from the muck of the swamp ready to attack. But he's also witty and urbane, and anything bu dumb. It is an electrifying performance, but Gregory Peck balances him out. Don't miss this sizzling slice of Southern Gothic, it drips with light and shadow.