Cape Fear

(Martin Scorsese, US 1991, 128 min.)

Florida lawyer Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) is assailed by a fearsome figure from the past, Bible-quoting rapist Max Cady (a heavily tattooed Robert DeNiro). Cady blames Bowden, his former attorney, for his 14-year prison stint, and he means to take out his revenge on the lawyer’s wife (Jessica Lange) and daughter (Oscar®-nominated Juliette Lewis). Scorsese’s stylish remake of a 1962 thriller wisely retains Bernard Hermann’s relentless original score and recasts three of the original’s players (Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam) in supporting roles.