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Cape Fear (1962) [Blu-ray] (1962)

Gregory Peck , Robert Mitchum  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Martin Balsam, Telly Savalas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono), French (DTS-HD 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009NQX47I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum star in the shocking tale of revenge and murder, Cape Fear. Sam Bowden (Peck) is a small-town lawyer whose worst nightmare comes true when the criminal (Mitchum) he helped put away returns to stalk his beautiful young wife (Polly Bergen) and teenage daughter (Lori Martin). Despite help from the local police chief (Martin Balsam) and a private detective (Telly Savalas), Sam is legally powerless to keep Max from playing his sadistic game of cat and mouse. Finally, Sam must put his family's lives at stake in a deadly trap that leads to one of the most suspenseful and heart-pounding confrontations ever committed to film.

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    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Max Cady isn't a man who makes idle threats!" April 3, 2004
    Format:VHS Tape
    Prior to his Oscar-winning role as lawyer Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird", Gregory Peck portrayed another attorney in 1962's "Cape Fear", a psychological thriller also starring Robert Mitchum in one of his most despicable roles.
    No two actors were better suited than these two. Their characters are a definite study in contrast. Peck's Sam Bowden is a civilized intellectual forced to resort to some underhanded means to protect his family and himself from the treacherous taunts of Mitchum's crude, rude antagonist. Tension builds as the two men make a final confrontation at the location of the film's title.
    Polly Bergen and Lorie Martin as Peck's respective wife and daughter are quite good a show a strength of character rare for women in the early 60's. They are not just "screaming Mimi's".
    Martin Balsam, Jack Krushen and a pre-Kojak Telly Savalas round out a superlative cast; Barrie Chase is also quite memorable as a woman that runs afoul of the Mitchum's sadistic Max Cady.
    Southern locations and crisp cinematography provide a picturesque yet menacing background and look.
    To top off the film off is another remarkable score from Bernard Herrmann. Music by the late composer elevates this already superior thriller to a higher level.
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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Have No Fear? Get Some NOW! September 29, 2002
    By Hillary
    The late great classic acting talents of Robert Mitchum are showcased in this 1962 classic, reproving his ability to play the villain with unsurpassed expertise, as in the former 1955 classic "Night of The Hunter".

    Here, Mitchum plays Max Cady, a menacing figure with a perpetual lit cigar and Panama Hat. He has come to town after being released from jail to visit and wreak revenge on the man who put him there, enter Sam, played by Gregory Peck. From their initial reunion in the town parking lot, Cady lets Peck have a peek at what's on his mind. From that moment on, there are grippingly suspenseful encounters between the two men and even worse, threats to his wife played by Polly Bergen, and his daughter, in a rather ineffectual role considering what she goes through when encountering Cady. Particularly amusing is a scene in the beginning of the film. Cady casually watches the family bowl, while harrassing a waitress and having a beer. The expression on Pecks face as his Sam character looks up, and spots those sinister leering eyes peering from a nearby table at his family, is classic.

    What needs to be mentioned more than the great direction, pacing and script, is the believabilty of the sociopath depicted, that Mitchum brings to startling low-life on the screen. He is truly mesmerizing in his sleepy-eyed evil countenance. His gaze, cigar in mouth, hat pulled low, will raise your hair as you watch him. He moves toward his victims in a slow and deliberate manner, and speaks his lines with that commanding voice that he was so famous for. When picked up for questioning, he hilariously mocks Pecks' Sam, calling him casually by name, "Why, Say-im..." and then as "counselor" refering to his lawyer status. My favorite Mitchum line here?
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous performance by Robert Mitchum!!! July 15, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    Man, oh man what a fabulous performance by Big Bob Mitchum there is in this 1962 Cape Fear! He was never better. This 1962 version is *much* better than Scorcese's remake and it's cause Mitchum is simply superb in the role of Max Cady. What a villian.......brrrrr! Mitchum's performance is so superior to De Niro's in the same role it just clearly demonstrates how much finer of an actor he was than De Niro can ever hope to be. Yes, Peck is weak in this film but who really cares when Big Bob sweeps into the scenes and just blows everybody away verbally. And that scene in the houseboat at night when he has Polly Bergen trapped and he is coming at her with his bare barrel chest dripping with swamp waters and then he gets her pinned against a counter and takes that raw egg and cracks it in his hand and rubs the yolk over her bare shoulders.........I get chills just thinking about it! Wow. No one has ever played a creepier guy than this and so believably. People always talk about Mitchum and Night of the Hunter but he's even *better* in Cape Fear.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars If It Ain't Broken, Don't Fix It March 1, 2006
    When I first saw J. Lee Thompson's film I was on the edge of my seat. It is a scary thriller without showing buckets of blood, graphic violence, monster make-up, or even using the word "rape".

    A bitter, amoral, psychopathic ex-con, Max Cady (the incomparable Robert Mitchum), recently released from an eight-year prison term, is out for revenge against the man who testified against him at his trial, lawyer Sam Bowden (the late, great, Gregory Peck). He infiltrates into Sam's life, stalking his lovely wife, Peggy (Polly Bergen, no shrinking violet), and his pretty, innocent teenage daughter, Nancy (the appropriately sweet Lori Martin). Sam does everything legally possible (for the time, before anti-stalking laws came into place) to protect his family, but he finds he is powerless under the law, and Cady is very intelligent in his planning. It all ends in a showdown on the river Cape Fear.

    Let me just say that this movie has an advantage over the 1991 remake. Cady doesn't have to be covered in tattoos or act like Freddy Krueger to be terrifying. The word "rape" doesn't have to be mentioned nor does the offense have to be shown to us graphically (since the censors of the time forbade it) for the viewer to understand and comprehend what is going on. The performances are all right on, and even when Barrie Chase's Diane Taylor is assaulted, we don't have to be told that she was raped, because it's implied and it's written all over her bruised, traumatized face. Her portrayal of this victimized and frightened young woman is impeccable - why didn't she have a longer career?
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great classic...Mitchum is the nastiest villain...
    Published 5 hours ago by Michael P. Mckenzie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense film
    Two great stars Greg peck and Robt Mitchum duke it out in this classic movie.
    Published 5 days ago by fast cars
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cape Fear
    I liked this version better than the later one. Once again Robert Mitchum is a scary bad guy. I purchased this as a gift.
    Published 10 days ago by Donna Davis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie.Jack
    Published 16 days ago by jack
    5.0 out of 5 stars the acting is definitely better than any remake which in my opinion is...
    This movie is a classic. I remember the first time watching it I sat on the edge of the couch, fists clenched, palms and feet sweaty with anticipation and fear! Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Vicky Woolfe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie
    Published 18 days ago by hawke911
    4.0 out of 5 stars Capr Fear
    The quality was good, movie was good and much better than the remake! We enjoyed watching it very much! :)
    Published 1 month ago by LADYYORK
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick, love Robert Mitchum
    Robert Mitchum is awesome in this movie. His character makes the movie. You gotta watch this film if your a Mitchum fan
    Published 1 month ago by Hava Klein
    5.0 out of 5 stars SCARY MAN IS BOB MITCHUM
    Published 3 months ago by Joseph R. McNeil
    5.0 out of 5 stars Chilled me to the bone
    After all these years the movie still chilled me to the bone. The performance of these two great actors beats any effort to remake the movie.
    Published 4 months ago by Suzanne Anker
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