Episode 38: Cape Fear (1991)

Cape FearIn this week’s episode, we follow up our screening of the original Cape Fear with Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because DeNiro’s appetite for scenery chewing must be witnessed. This film can currently be seen streaming on Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play… just about anywhere.

Please join us again on December 21st for a far more cheerful film, the ever-delightful Thin Man!

Cape Fear (1991)
Cape Fear poster Rating: 7.3/10 (215,620 votes)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: John D. MacDonald, James R. Webb, Wesley Strick
Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Released: 15 Nov 1991
Plot: A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.


  1. Great episode! I completely share your sense of scorn for Nick Nolte’s character and I love Jessica Lange’s performance, particularly the moment after their big blow-out argument, when Nolte confesses his fear about their situation and you can see her character getting a tiny bit of satisfaction that something has come along to knock him off his high horse.

    Anyway, I wanted to hazard a guess on Tonya’s recollection of a sex scene on a rollercoaster in the movie. I wonder if she might be thinking of a different stalker thriller, Fear, with Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon. I seem to remember that movie has a love scene on a rollercoaster.

    Anyway, great podcast as ever!

    1. She WAS totally thinking about Fear! After editing the episode, I randomly ran across an article that had a title something like “5 Weirdest Fingerbang Scenes in Movies” — I mean, how could I not click on that title? — and Fear was totally one of the clips. So I sent it to Tonya, and she was overjoyed that the riddle was solved!

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