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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.

1954, 20th Century Fox, 91 min, USA, Dir: Otto Preminger

Director Otto Preminger’s lusty Cinemascope Western stars Robert Mitchum as an ex-convict battling raging waters, rampaging Indians - and saloon singer Marilyn Monroe! Spectacular outdoor photography (courtesy of DP Joseph LaShelle) and the can’t-miss pairing of Monroe and Mitchum make this one great, guilty pleasure. With Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig.

1962, Universal, 106 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

Gregory Peck is an ordinary family man terrorized by psychotic ex-con Robert Mitchum in this adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s THE EXECUTIONERS. A classic Bernard Herrmann score drives this relentless thriller, a finely tuned suspense piece that was remade by Martin Scorsese in 1991.

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