Cape Fear (1991)

It’s its own thing.

Martin Scorsese’s remake of the early ’60s revenge thriller tells a familiar story, but puts a unique spin on events.

Robert De Niro, ranting, raving, and having a grand old time, steps into Robert Mitchum’s shoes as a man deeply aggrieved at having spent a chunk of his life in jail.

He’s a scumbag, and revels in it, but still blames compromised lawyer Nick Nolte for not helping him beat the charges.

Emerging from jail to teach the counselor a painful lesson, De Niro reminds us how good he can be when he’s fully committed.

 

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