Cape Fear

Cape Fear

Director Martin Scorsese

Starring Robert DeNiro

Co-starring Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange

Production Budget:


Total Lifetime Grosses

Domestic:  $182,291,969

Release Date: November 15, 1991

Beginning credits transition to a close-up of reflections of light on the water.

Then you see a reflection of a hawk.

This is overlaid with beginning credits for, director, producer etc., then we get a close-up of eyes in a red filter which changes to a negative image, then a positive image.

This zooms out to a mid-shot of the daughter (Juliet Lewis) talking. She gives us an intro into the story and later the epilogue at the end of the movie.

The movie then cuts to a shot of Max Cady. Cady [played by Robert DeNiro] is in a cell, shot from behind, doing push ups. We get a close-up of his back muscles. The tattoo of Truth and justice flexing with the repetitions, and the rippling muscles weighing the scales.  This then changes to a pan left to right of Max’s books on a shelf in the cell. Mostly law books.

Max leaves jail coming towards the camera until his face blacks out the entire screen.

During the climatic Judgement Day sequence Max acts as a judge and jury for the lawyer played by Nick Nolte who defended Max Cody in a rape case and withheld information that could have saved him.

“ I am Virgil Counsellor and I’m guiding you to the gates of hell, and I find you guilty councillor, guilty of betraying your fellow man, guilty of betraying your country, guilty of judging me and selling me out! And with the power invested in me by the kingdom of God, I sentence you to the ninth circle of Hell!” “I spent 14 years in 8 by 9 cells surrounded by people who are less than human. My granddaddy use to handle snakes in church, granny drank strychnine, I guess you could say I had a leg up genetically speaking.”

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