CAPE FEAR (1962)
Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake of CAPE FEAR may have improved on some aspects of J. Lee Thompson's 1962 original, but, with all due respect to Robert De Niro, Robert Mitchum's performance as the ex-con Max Cady uses his natural cool and subtle insolence to create a unique screen villain, one possessing a laidback menace. His unhurried, I-don't-give-a-damn attitude makes him the perfect foil to upright — and uptight — Gregory Peck, the DA who sent him to jail. When Cady finally makes his move for revenge it's violent in the extreme, but until then he makes rooting for the bad guy fun. DIR J. Lee Thompson; SCR James R. Webb, from "The Executioners" by John D. MacDonald; PROD Sy Bartlett. U.S., 1962, b&w, 106 min. NOT RATED
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