CAPE FEAR (1991)
1991, Universal, 128 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Robert De Niro is the stuff of nightmares as Max Cady, a recently released rapist who targets the public defender (Nick Nolte) he blames for his conviction. This intense (and violent) thriller is a remake of a 1962 film starring Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, both of whom appear in smaller roles here. Costarring Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis.


AWAKENINGS
1990, Sony Repertory, 121 min, USA, Dir: Penny Marshall

Based on a memoir by neurologist Oliver Sacks, this life-affirming drama stars Robin Williams as a doctor working with catatonic patients at a Bronx hospital. Using “miracle drug” L-Dopa, he brings one of them (Robert De Niro) back to consciousness, but as the man struggles to reenter life after decades of dormancy, the limitations of the new treatment become clear. Featuring music by Randy Newman.


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
2012, The Weinstein Company, 122 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

The latest film from writer-director David O. Russell stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano, a teacher trying to put his life back together after a meltdown derailed his job and marriage. He is living with his Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) when the mysterious Tiffany (Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence) enters his life. The young woman could be the key to reconciliation between Pat and his wife - but she wants something in return. Adapted from a novel by Matthew Quick, this quirky romantic dramedy earned 8 Academy Awards nominations, including all four acting categories. With Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker.


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