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In. Cape Fear Hide Spoilers. Delivers the Goods dougdoepke 28 April When Cady Mitchum slips into the water, it's like an alligator sneaking up on its prey. Except this is a houseboat with two vulnerable women in his sights. With those sleepy eyes, it's hard to know just what sadistic acts he's got in mind, but we know it's too grisly for the screen. Remember what he did to poor Diane Chaseand he wasn't even mad at her.

This is about the last word in stalker movies. More importantly, it shows how using less often produces more. Mitchum underplays the stalker role, but he also knows how to imply unspeakable evil, which is really more effective than blood splatter. It's what's in your imagination that's really scary. Ditto Peck, Sam whose on-screen reserve speaks volumes in grim determination-- he's got to protect his family.

Only Bergen as the terrified wife gets to really cut loose. What a first-rate cast, plus expert pacing from director Thompson. I guess the movie's moral is that if the law can't protect you, you've got to do it yourself. At that primitive level, there's no holds barred.

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So the tension really mounts as we discover Cady's animal cunning is too much for the law or even for hired thugs. In the end, then, Women want sex Cape Fear going to have to be Cady vs. Sam, mano y mano. It's sort of like a modern morality tale of the nuclear family vs. No doubt about it, the movie's a real nail-biter the whole way. Was this review helpful?

Noirdame79 8 December 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 Mitchumrecently 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 violetand 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 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? Gregory Peck is compelling, and the scenes where Nancy is pursued by Cady outside her school and she escapes inside, only to fear that he has also followed her in and she is mistaken is absolutely nail-biting, as is the final showdown.

Women want sex Cape Fear

Cady's devious plan to accost Peggy on the boat in order to "trade" her for Nancy is gut-wrenching and extremely watchable. We now have a names for guys like that - rapist, stalker, pedophile, murderer - but the first three were either not used or hadn't been made a term yet.

A classic, don't accept any substitutions. As I usually give so much away in my comments, I'll leave the plot details at that. And so is the movie. Don't watch it alone or in a dark room! Spleen 4 August For the first time Hitchcock was decisively beaten at his own game. This is one of the tensest films ever made, and also one of the most perfectly crafted. There are so many things right about it I can afford to concentrate on just two: 1 Sam Bowden is a firm believer in the sanctity of civil liberties until Cady starts to stalk his family - and he remains a believer even then.

He is asked if he really wants the police to have the power to arrest citizens Women want sex Cape Fear suspicion alone; and, although his family is in danger, he cannot honestly answer yes. But it is the better for it: a clash between deeply held principles and deeply held desires isn't at all interesting unless it really IS a clash - unless the principles are strong enough not to give way at the first breath of wind. And damn it, Bowden is right. The police do NOT have the right to arrest Cady. The potential tragedy is genuine: not something that could be cleaned up if only so-and-so would drop a few pointless scruples.

Women want sex Cape Fear

I think it's because his motivations are a little, but not entirely, opaque. When we first see him eyeing Bowden's teen-aged daughter, we don't know exactly what he's thinking any more than Sam does. Is he sexually attracted to her? Does he want to kill her? Rape her? Is he indifferent but just trying to get a rise out of Sam? Indeed: what, exactly, does he want to do to Sam himself?

We don't know: and this uncertainty is worse than any precise knowledge. I doubt I've said enough. It's well shot, the acting is excellent, and Bernard Herrmann gives us his usual fitting score. It appeals to the intellect as much as to the pit of the stomach. Great stuff. Sam Bowden Gregory Peck is a happily married lawyer with a teenage daughter, a quiet life and little worries to care for until released convict Max Cady Robert Mitchum moves near by seeking for revenge against him. Cady blames Bowden for his 8 years imprisonment because the lawyer failed to get him an innocent verdict in Court for a serious crime he was accused of and he had committed.

The man starts by stalking Bowden and his family while he waits for the appropriate moment to make his move. In the meantime, Cady does not hide his intentions and Bowden knows perfectly well they are in big trouble. The film is tense all along and interest doesn't fall at any moment. There is a correct direction by J. Lee Thompson, a slightly more than average director who probably did here one of his best jobs the other one "The Guns of Navarone" a very entertaining World War II adventure. Black and white shooting was a good idea and helps to create some sort of sordid and dark atmosphere when required as well as the musical score.

Casting is very good too. Gregory Peck is correct in one of his many common good guy roles. Polly Bergen is believable as the frightened wife and there is also good acting by Martin Balsam as Bowden's chief of police friend and Telly Savalas as a private detective hired to help the family. But the major credit in this issue goes without doubt to Robert Michum's performance as the dangerous avenger. He looks calm and quiet -with few exceptions- all the way to the final climax sequences but you know perfectly the man is real mean and deadly.

This surely was one of Mitchum's best appearances in his long film carrier. The Cape Fear version with Robert de Niro -although Women want sex Cape Fear watchable movie- is not as good and thrilling as this one where evil doesn't appear clearly till the end but menace is always there.

A very good thriller indeed! One perverse individual can exploit his freedom by using it to encroach on someone else's. That is the problem with a society which cherishes personal liberty. The community has the dilemma of deciding whose freedom it ought to protect. At what point should the state intervene? Today, modern democracies have anti-harrassment laws which carry criminal penalties, and there is also the civil remedy of an injunction with power of arrest, but back in the early 's a man who chose to make a nuisance of himself enjoyed wide latitude.

It Women want sex Cape Fear difficult for the law to step in without infringing his civil and constitutional rights. He has a lovely family and a nice home, and is well thought of by neighbours and colleagues alike. This American idyll is destroyed when a newly-released convict shows up, intent on harrassing Bowden. Some years back, the lawyer had appeared as a witness at this man's trial, and the convict bears an irrational grudge.

Max Cady is one of the cinema's great villains. Mitchum is irresistible as the heavy-eyed smart alec seething with sexual energy. Cady's sharp but warped intelligence is disturbing to behold the way he obtains Bowden's vacation address is chillingly impressive. He begins to show up wherever Bowden goes, an ominous sarcastic presence to which no objection can be made, so long as he stays within the law. Cady's salient traits are placed before us right from the start of the film.

Women want sex Cape Fear

He is completely callous ignoring the girl who drops her books on the stairs and a nasty sexual predator picking up the waitress in the bowling alley. Mitchum's charisma fills the screen, and the dark eerie look by Director of Photography Sam Leavitt compounds the feeling of menace. The incidental music is excellent. However, the film has some implausible ingredients. Why would a woman who has just been sexually degraded, and is clearly traumatised, be handed over by the police to the care of a private eye? Charlie Sievers the gumshoe is played by Telly Savalas - with hair!

Would a criminal attorney really - no matter what the provocation - hire waterfront thugs to beat up a stalker? How come Sam's gun is still effective after being immersed in the river? Why doesn't Nancy's phone work? It is preposterous to suggest that Cady would waste time on the elaborate feint towards Peggy instead of pursuing his real victim. And how can it be that Cady can defeat three ruffians single-handed, overwhelm a police bodyguard with ease, yet fail to defeat Sam, even when armed with a stick?

Verdict - Allowing for the improbabilities, this is a well-made thriller with a magnificent performance by Mitchum. Good drama made great by an excellent Mitchum bob the moo 5 December Sam Bowden is a lawyer who, eight years ago, acted as a witness against Max Cady to put him behind bars. Released from prison, Cady has studied the law and is set on terrorising the Bowdens without actually overstepping his legal rights. As Cady toes the line with increasingly worryingBrowden begins to cross the line to deal with him and protect his family.

Having seen the remake first I wanted to go back and see it done originally. My first impression was that the remake had done some elements better than this. For example Nolte's lawyer is a lot less clean-cut than Pecks'. Also the sexual threat to the daughter is a lot more played out in the remake. Getting past this I saw how this was actually a better film in many ways. The film can only hint at the deeds of Cady because of the censors but it is clear even to the blind that Cady is a monster.

This ups the tension as everything is slowly build to and we don't get a bloody or sexually shocking scene as a pay-off, no, here the tension Women want sex Cape Fear build on top of other tension. The direction is good, giving a dark feel to the look Women want sex Cape Fear the film as well as hinting constantly.

Even if some of the thrills are posted it still works well. However, without Mitchum's performance this would be a very different film. With the help of De Niro's sneer or menacing tattoos, he is still a better Cady. Peck is good even if his character is too clean-cut when he should have been pushed further over the line for my tastes. Bergen doesn't have much to do, but her final scene with Mitchum is powerful and she really lets rip.

It is easy to watch her as Mitchum closes in on her, almost licking his lips, but that's the power of the film.

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