Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic 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.

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  1. John D. MacDonald

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Wesley Strick


  3. Martin Scorsese


Top Billed Cast

  1. Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro

    Max Cady

  2. Nick Nolte

    Nick Nolte

    Sam Bowden

  3. Jessica Lange

    Jessica Lange

    Leigh Bowden

  4. Juliette Lewis

    Juliette Lewis

    Danielle Bowden

  5. Joe Don Baker

    Joe Don Baker

    Claude Kersek

  6. Robert Mitchum

    Robert Mitchum

    Lieutenant Elgart

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 8m

Budget $35,000,000.00

Revenue $182,300,000.00

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Release Information

  • November 15, 1991
    R, Theatrical



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