Directed by J. Lee Thompson • 1962 • United States
Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen
Screen legends Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum face off in this terrifying tale of revenge built around one of the screen’s all-time great villains. Mitchum is mesmerizingly menacing as Max Cady, a seedy ex-con who comes to a small southern town to terrorize prosecutor Sam Bowden (Peck), the man who put him away eight years earlier. But when Cady sets his sights on the lawyer’s wife and daughter, Bowden is faced with a profound moral dilemma—how far will a law-abiding citizen go to protect his family from a man who has absolutely no regard for the law? The unrelenting tension is enhanced by Bernard Herrmann’s dread-inducing score.