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Cape Fear (1962)

A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.
(NR, 106 min.)


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

7:00 PM

We'll be kicking off a new series this year. Two Tuesdays will match a pair of related films to screen on the first two Tuesdays of each month. Free for Members

Two Tuesdays
April 6th: Cape Fear (1962)
April 13th: Cape Fear (1991)

After an eight-year prison sentence for rape, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) targets Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), one of the lawyers who sent him away. When Max finds Sam and his family, he begins a terrifying stalking spree, intending to ruin Sam's life. Desperate to protect his wife and daughter, Sam makes every effort to send Max back to jail. But when his attempts fail, Sam realizes that he must take matters into his own hands if he wants to rid his life of Max for good. [Rotten Tomatoes]

Starring: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, Horror

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"Keep-you-up-all-night terrifying!"

— Nell Minow, Movie Mom

"As a forthright exercise in cumulative terror Cape Fear is a competent and visually polished entry."

— Variety

"The relentlessness of the story and Mitchum's tangibly sordid presence guarantee the viewer's quivering attention."

— Time Out London

"Suspenseful and very frightening, thanks to Robert Mitchum's lethally threatening performance and the frightened reactions of a pro cast."

— TV Guide Magazine

"A cold-blooded, calculated build-up of sadistic menace and shivering dread is accomplished with frightening adroitness in J. Lee Thompson's melodrama Cape Fear."

— Bosley Crowther, New York Times

"Mr. Mitchum plays the villain with the cheekiest, wickedest arrogance and the most relentless aura of sadism that he has ever managed to generate."

— Bosley Crowther, The New York Times