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

My reminiscence.

I always thought

that for such a lovely river...

...the name was mystifying:

Cape Fear.

When the only thing to fear

on those enchanted summer nights...

...was that the magic would end

and real life would come crashing in.

Okay, Cady, the moment

you've been waiting for.

Any people coming for you, Cady?

- What about your books?

- Already read them.

Hi. How are you?

- ?Cmo ests?

- Bien.

This ropa limpia?

No, that means "clean. " These are dirty.

The idea is to resolve the tension.

I need to find a motif

that's about movement.

Not the most mind-blowing concept

for a travel agency...

...but what the hey?

- Like an arrow, maybe?

- Yeah, like an arrow.


But, see, then the other aspect

is stability...

...a company that you can trust.

So if you can balance those ideas... a way that's pleasing to the eye

then you got a logo.

Movement, stability...

...and an arrow.

Okay, I'll think of something for that one.

Benjamin! Yes.

They switched babies on me

at the hospital, didn't they?

How'd you do in there?

I got the judge to postpone

the alimony hearing for another 21 days.


I've got till Monday to find out

which S and L and which municipality...

- ... my son-in-law stashed all that money.

- Right.

- Anyway, my daughter and I thank you.

- You're welcome, Tom.

Here's Daddyl

Good-bye, Juniorl


Yes, that's very creative, Junior.

He liked me.

All this time, he actually liked me.

You can't go in. Your father's making

a television appearance for his campaign.

Dad, I've got to talk to you.

What the hell are you doing here?

I'm about to go on the air.

What is this smoke?

Excuse me.

Come on, let's move seats.

Okay, then I quit as yourson.

Do you believe that annoying loser guy?

You should have just punched him out.

What? Just punched him out?

What do you mean?

You boxed. You could've

shoved him around, shut him up.

- I could take you.

- Careful.

- That's who I could take.

- You could've kicked him in the face.

Kicked him in the face?

You know how to fight dirty.

You do that for a living.

Real cute, Leigh.

- Let's sit outside.

- How much do I owe you?

- It's taken care of.

- Taken care of? Who?


Girls, come on, let's sit inside.

Yeah, let's sit inside.

Mr. Perfect Form.

- Look.

- What?

You gotta snap your wrist

on the backhand.

Usually I like a little music

at this point, Sam.

Sam, I want to play in this lifetime.

All right.

- You gotta snap your wrist.

- Tag.

- We should stop doing this for a while.

- Doing what? We're not doing anything.

- No, I know that.

- Yet.

Okay. Fine. Maybe you're right.

Why? Does your wife mind?

My wife doesn't even know you exist,

which, most certainly, is for the best.

Why's that?

God, Lori, you know why you ask

that question?

- 'Cause you've never been married.

- Why?

Is marriage synonymous with deception?

It's just that when two people...

...get married and live together

for a long time...

I like hanging out with you, so sue me.

You're funny, and you're cute,

and, I don't know...

We talk about the courts

and which judge is senile...

...which one wears a gun under his robe.

Oh, God. You know, Lori,

another time, another place...

...and who knows?

- Tomorrow?

- Yeah, it's a light docket.

No, I won two out of three.

Let's make it best out of five.

All right, that's good, actually,

because today I let you win.

- Sure you did.

- See ya.

Free as a bird. You go wherever you want

with whomever.

That much freedom

could get a fellow in trouble.

- I'd like my keys.

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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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