Cape Fear (1962 movie)

1962 thriller movie directed by J. Lee Thompson

Cape Fear is a 1962 American psychological thriller movie. It was directed by J. Lee Thompson and it was produced by Sy Bartlett. Cape Fear was released on April 12, 1962. It is adapted from the John D. MacDonald novel The Executioners. The movie is about an attorney who along with his family is stalked by a vengeful criminal who he had helped send to jail for rape. A remake of the movie was made by Martin Scorsese and was released in 1991.

Cape Fear
Directed byJ. Lee Thompson
Produced bySy Bartlett
Screenplay byJames R. Webb
Story byThe Executioners by John D. MacDonald
StarringRobert Mitchum
Gregory Peck
Martin Balsam
Polly Bergen
Lori Martin
Music byBernard Herrmann
CinematographySam Leavitt
Edited byGeorge Tomasini
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
April 12, 1962
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

The movie got positive reviews from critics. It has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] Movie critic Bosley Crowther of the New York Times said that he liked the "tough, tight script" and the "steady and starkly sinister style" that the movie had to it. He finished his review by saying "this is really one of those shockers that provokes disgust and regret."[2] Cady was ranked as #28 on the American Film Institute's list of top 50 movie villains of all time.[3]



  1. "Cape Fear (1962)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-10-1. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. "Pitiless Shocker: Mitchum Stalks Peck in 'Cape Fear'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-10-1. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. "AFI's 100 Greatest Heroes & Villains". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-10-1. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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