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Cape Fear vs Night of the Hunter


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I picked these 2 because both of these have Robert Mitchum playing a villian. Both of these are really enjoyable.

I do like Cape Fear a bit more, I like suspense and the original Cape Fear is loaded with suspense.

I admit I like it when Mitchum plays the hero since Im a fan of his, I hate rooting against him, especially against Gregory Peck, but what can you do..

Which of these Mitchum programmers gets your pick ?

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I like him good or bad. I can boo him when he?s bad and I can cheer for him when he?s good. He was one of the greatest classic actors of Hollywood.

 

I like to compare Robert Mitchum to Robert De Niro, who is one of the few great classic modern actors. I loved De Niro in the re-make of ?Cape Fear?. I can think of no one else who could have moved right in to the Mitchum character and equaled it. I think Mitchum could have played just about any of De Niro?s film characters too. I can just imagine him narrating ?Casino? and being abused by that blonde dame. It could be that De Niro has been imitating Mitchum all along. I suspect this is so, but I can?t prove it.

 

Some people call Steve McQueen the ?king of cool?, but it was Mitchum who invented ?cool?.

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"Cape" for me.................he was just plain awful......but in a good way....huh?

I read somewhere that Gregory Peck would tap Mitchum's arm during the "drowning" scene to come up for air and that it was Mitchum's idea to do this cause he was a really nice guy off screen and did not want to hurt Peck in any way. .

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>Fred, DeNiro IMITATING Mitchum?

 

Sure.

 

Of course he has some of his own personality and his own voice, but I think many actors grow up watching the movies of other great actors and they wind up imitating them, just like some of us imitate them in life.

 

"You talkin' to me?"

 

(he looks around)

 

"You talkin' to me ?"

 

Pure Mitchum.

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>Rupert Pupkin

 

Looks like he?s playing a cross between Gene Wilder and Bill Murray.

 

 

 

Did you see him in ?Jackie Brown??

 

He was absolutely great in that film, and he?s playing himself. This is one of the best films of the 1990s.

 

Warning: lots of cursing in this clip:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSSXO65jTvA

 

I also think he?s playing himself in ?Wag the Dog?.

 

There is enough difference between Mitchum and De Niro that we can certainly tell the difference in both versions of ?Cape Fear?, but they are basically playing the same guy. Mitchum a little slow and De Niro a little fast. Both are equally good.

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I've always considered DeNiro one of, if not the best Amerian actor in recent history.>>

 

Mr6,

 

Once again we are in agreement! But, sshhh!, don't tell Al Pacino. I think he believes he is the best actor of his generation.

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Nothing like a discussion about two terrific movies. Both excellent, both suspenseful. But in different ways. CAPE FEAR gets my vote. It's one of the tightest, slickest, most perfect thrillers, and one of the greatest of all movies. When this film comes on, I can't NOT watch it. There's not an awkward, unsatisfying scene in it. There are very few movies I'll say that about. As much praise as CAPE FEAR gets, it deserves even more.

 

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