Cape Fear

Synopsis: Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte)is a small-town corporate attorney/"Leave It to Beaver" type family-man. Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen 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, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Martin Scorsese
Production: MCA/Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

- Could it be you don't remember me?

I remember you.

You were at the movies the other night.

I'm disappointed. I'm hurt.

I would like my keys.

Max Cady.

You look the same.

Maybe 15 pounds heavier.

But they say the average man

gains a pound a year till he's about-

Come on.

Gains a pound a year till he's about 60.

Me? I dropped a pound every year

in my sentence.

- Atlanta, '77.

- You got it. July.

Fourteen years since I held a set of keys.

Well, you look good, healthy.

Thank you. It's a struggle

to stay healthy in the joint.

But you wouldn't know about that,

would you?

They would stick you with

the white trash. They don't work all day.

In fact...

...this little old cigar is my only vice...

...'cause I needed a vice in the joint

to remind me I was human.

What brings you to New Essex?

Oh, the climate.

Boy, the South.

I'm thinking of settling down here

in New Essex, Counselor.

Have you been following me?

It's a small town.

We're gonna run into each other.

- Well, take care, Mr. Cady.

- You, too.

- You're gonna learn about loss.

- What?

Dad, could you...

I'm sorry, Dani.

- What're you working on?

- It's English.

We're supposed to read

Look Homeward, Angel...

...which is a kind of reminiscence...

...and we have to attempt something

in the same style.

What's it about, your reminiscence?

The houseboat.

It's not even July 3 yet.

We ought to take two weeks

and go to Wilmington... the old times, dock the houseboat.

I wanted to in early June.

You said you didn't have time.

- I probably don't.

- Yeah, now I don't, either.

Besides, Dani's got summer school

till Labor Day.

Is it really that critical

that she can't miss two damn weeks?

You know,

the alternative was to expel her.

Maybe this Drama teacher from the college

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Wesley Strick

Wesley Strick (born February 11, 1954) is an American screenwriter who has written such films as the comic-horror hit Arachnophobia, the Martin Scorsese remake of Cape Fear and the videogame adaptation Doom. Since 2015, Strick has worked as a writer/executive producer on The Man in the High Castle (Amazon TV series). more…

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