Cape Fear

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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.

Movie Data


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



Cast 27

  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

  7. Gregory Peck

    Gregory Peck
    Lee Heller

  8. Illeana Douglas

    Illeana Douglas
    Lori Davis

  9. Fred Dalton Thompson

    Fred Dalton Thompson
    Tom Broadbent

  10. Zully Montero

    Zully Montero

  11. Martin Balsam
  12. CH

    Craig Henne

  13. EA
  14. Antoni Corone

    Antoni Corone
    Corrections Officer

  15. Roger Pretto

    Roger Pretto
    Racquetball Colleague

  16. PB

    Parris Buckner
    Racquetball Colleague

  17. WK
  18. CC

    C.C. Costigan

  19. DC

    Domenica Cameron-Scorsese
    Danny's Girlfriend

  20. BD
  21. KC

    Ken Collins
    Big Man #3

  22. LP

    Linda Perri
    Ticket agent

  23. Catherine Scorsese

    Catherine Scorsese
    Fruitstand Customer

  24. Charles Scorsese

    Charles Scorsese
    Fruitstand Customer

  25. KW

    Ken Waters
    Bar Patron (uncredited)

  26. Esther Rolle

    Esther Rolle
    Woman Watching Cady Get Out from Under the Car (uncredited)

  27. Tamara Jones

    Tamara Jones
    Ice Cream Cashier

Crew 37


  1. AH

    Alan Hicks
    Set Decoration

  2. JG

    Jack G. Taylor Jr.
    Art Direction

  3. Henry Bumstead

    Henry Bumstead
    Production Design


  1. Freddie Francis

    Freddie Francis
    Director of Photography

  2. PV

    Phillip V. Caruso
    Still Photographer

  3. GH

    Gordon Hayman
    Camera Operator

Costume & Make-Up

  1. RR

    Rita Ryack
    Costume Design

  2. LQ

    Lyndell Quiyou

  3. DB
  4. DJ

    Dorothy J. Pearl
    Makeup Artist

  5. EF
  6. EF

    Edouard F. Henriques
    Makeup Artist

  7. EL

    Elizabeth Lambert
    Makeup Artist

  8. KG

    Kathleen Gerlach
    Assistant Costume Designer


  1. LD

    Leon Delaney
    Stunt Coordinator

  2. JJ

    J.B. Jones
    Special Effects Coordinator

  3. NM

    Neal Martz
    Makeup Effects


  1. Martin Scorsese

    Martin Scorsese

  2. CB

    Corey B. Yugler
    Script Supervisor

  3. Joseph P. Reidy

    Joseph P. Reidy
    Assistant Director


  1. Thelma Schoonmaker
  2. ML

    Marissa Littlefield
    Dialogue Editor


  1. GE

    Gene Engels

  2. WH

    William Hines
    Rigging Gaffer


  1. EL

    Ellen Lewis

  2. BD

    Barbara De Fina

  3. Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro

  4. Kathleen Kennedy

    Kathleen Kennedy
    Executive Producer

  5. Frank Marshall

    Frank Marshall
    Executive Producer

  6. Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg
    Executive Producer

  7. Ellen Jacoby

    Ellen Jacoby


  1. Bernard Herrmann
  2. KD

    Kathy Durning
    Music Editor

  3. SL

    Skip Lievsay
    Supervising Sound Editor


  1. JD
  2. WS

    Wesley Strick

  3. JD

    John D. MacDonald

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