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    I just finished watching Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear for the second time and I wondered… Why did this movie only gathered two Oscar nominations (for Robert DeNiro and Juliette Lewis’ incredible performances)? Were Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and Scorsese himself worthy of attention? Did DeNiro and Lewis deserve their nominations? And was Juliette Lewis considered the runner-up of that year? So many questions about a very intriguing film (that I can safely say that I really really like)!

    I would love to get an insight of how is this movie perceived among the oscarologists! 

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    How old are you? I ask because you’ve only seen this 1991 movie for the second time.

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    I was born in May of 1993 which means I’m 20 years old. But that’s hardly relevant at all since I’ve watched movies like Chinatown, The Clockwork Orange and (specially) Taxi Driver so many times I’ve lost count. And those are just a few examples.

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    This is line of questioning has nothing to do with challenging your film knowledge. Just thrown off from you only having seen this film twice.

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    I don’t have all the time in the world to watch every remotely interesting film more than once. For instance I never saw To Die For despite my raging appetite to do it. 

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    Generational cultural distortion from my end. I was eight going into nine when Cape Fear was released. So for me it feels bizarre to hear from a younger person where that movie is a quaint thing of the past. You’re not describing the movie as such just a figure of speech.

    To Die For will not feel like an urgent watch once you’re watching it. It’s a bit slow in getting you situated with the story its telling. 

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    Lewis is my supp actress winner that year. DeNiro the runner-up in his category. I also nominated Jessica Lange as a lead though I could see the argument for her in supporting. I’m surprised she didn’t gain more traction. Nolte was up that year for The Prince of Tides and personally I think he was nominated for the right performance.

    It doesn’t make my Picture or Director lineup but it does come close.

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    To frakin bad Hopkins was there that year cause DeNiro gave a deserving persformance and another year, or that same one without Hannibal Lescter, he should´ve won. Amazing performance.

    I have no clue who is the woman who won in supporting actress or what movie that is, but Lewis gave a deserving performance.

    Mmm, I like the movie very much but don´t necessarily think it deserved to be nominated for best picture (maybe with todays 5-10 nominations) or director nomination. 

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    I just finished watching Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear for the second time and I wondered… Why did this movie only gathered two Oscar nominations (for Robert DeNiro and Juliette Lewis’ incredible performances)? Were Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and Scorsese himself worthy of attention? Did DeNiro and Lewis deserve their nominations? And was Juliette Lewis considered the runner-up of that year? So many questions about a very intriguing film (that I can safely say that I really really like)!

    I would love to get an insight of how is this movie perceived among the oscarologists! 

    This was a competent thriller and the actors are very good. But I’d have to say I prefer the 1962 version by J Lee Thompson (Guns of Navarone); Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen. But I love how Scorsese casts Mitchum in the Police Chief a similar role originally played by Martin Balsam.

    The film was rated “R” and the 62′ version didnt exactly light up the box office, although it didnt bomb either (PG). This remake however was a hit, which clearly helps immensely.

    Both were distributed by Universal but I’m not sure who was campaigning either film at the time.

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    To frakin bad Hopkins was there that year cause DeNiro gave a deserving persformance and another year, or that same one without Hannibal Lescter, he should´ve won. Amazing performance.

    I have no clue who is the woman who won in supporting actress or what movie that is, but Lewis gave a deserving performance.

    Mmm, I like the movie very much but don´t necessarily think it deserved to be nominated for best picture (maybe with todays 5-10 nominations) or director nomination. 

    Mercedes Ruehl won that year, over Tandy, Ladd, Nelligan, and Lewis. All five of these ladies give great perfs imo. Personally I think Mercedes was a worthy winner.

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    [quote=”emmys2011″]To frakin bad Hopkins was there that year cause DeNiro gave a deserving persformance and another year, or that same one without Hannibal Lescter, he should´ve won. Amazing performance.

    I have no clue who is the woman who won in supporting actress or what movie that is, but Lewis gave a deserving performance.

    Mmm, I like the movie very much but don´t necessarily think it deserved to be nominated for best picture (maybe with todays 5-10 nominations) or director nomination. 

    Mercedes Ruehl won that year, over Tandy, Ladd, Nelligan, and Lewis. All five of these ladies give great perfs imo. Personally I think Mercedes was a worthy winner.

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    Oh yeah, I frased it wrong. I looked it up and literally have no idea who Mercedes is….uhm, am I crazy for that? (btw I was to lazy to check out her filmography, see if I´ve seen her in something) 

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    I had trouble finding a good pic of her from Fisher King but here’s one from IMDb  She’s Tom Hanks mom in “Big” She stars with both Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in TFK and she knocks both of them out; and she barely shows up in any of the poster-promos for the film.

     

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    I don’t have all the time in the world to watch every remotely interesting film more than once. For instance I never saw To Die For despite my raging appetite to do it. 

    Sweetie, if you’re 20, then in theory, yes you do. Hope you watch To Die For soon. My hunch is you’re gonna love Kidman. I suggest you watch for some of the other cast members, such as Joaquin Phoenix. He struck me the way  Dane DeHaan does now. Massive talent.

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    Sorry guys, but this is the worst film Scorcese has ever made. It’s a travesty from beginning to end. Watch the original instead.

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    Sorry guys, but this is the worst film Scorcese has ever made. It’s a travesty from beginning to end. Watch the original instead.

    Scorsese’s movies are worst now.

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