Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese brings heart-pounding suspense to one of the most acclaimed thrillers of all time. Fourteen years after being imprisoned, vicious psycopath Max Cady (DeNiro) emerges with a single-minded mission: to seek revenge on his attorney Sam Bowden (Nolte). Cady becomes a terrifying presence as he menacingly circles Bowden's increasingly unstable family. Realising he is legally powerless to protect his beautiful wife Leigh and his troubled teenage daughter Danielle, Sam resorts to unorthodox measures which lead to an unforgettable showdown on Cape Fear. Visually stunning images and brilliant performances from a talented cast highlight this roller-coaster ride through relentless psychological torment.
Sleepers is a wilder-than-fiction, true-life story of innocence lost and vengeance unleashed. An impulsive prank played by four inseparable childhood friends veers into unexpected violence in Hell's Kitchen in the mid-1960s. Sentenced to an infamous, up-state reform school, the four young boys enter aworld of danger and violence. Fifteen years later, the four now-grown men are suddenly confronted with the chance to repay the dept of their painful past. Their extraordinary quest for retribution makes for a motion picture experience you will never forget.
Jack Walsh is a tough ex-cop turned bounty hunter. Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas is a sensitive accountant who embezzled $15 million from the Mob, gave it to charity, and then jumped bail. Jack's in for a cool $100,000 if he can deliver The Duke from New York to L.A. on time. And alive. Sounds like just another MIDNIGHT RUN (a piece of cake in bounty hunter slang), but it turns into a cross-country chase. The FBI is after the Duke to testify - the Mob after him for revenge - and Walsh is after him to just shut up. If someone else doesn't do the job, the two unlikely partners may end up killing each other.
Director Martin Brest rocketed to the top of Hollywood's A list with the blockbuster success of Beverly Hills Cop, and this 1988 follow-up is even better. Midnight Run is a genuine rarity--an action comedy that's dramatically satisfying--thanks to a sharp script by George Gallo, the superb teaming of Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, and Brest's consummate skill in combining suspense and humor with well-developed characters. De Niro plays a maverick bounty hunter whose latest assignment is Grodin, an accountant accused of embezzling from the Mob. De Niro thinks he's in for an easy job, transporting Grodin (who's afraid to fly) from New York to Los Angeles, but soon discovers that both the FBI and the Mafia are hot on Grodin's trail. Equal parts road trip, action thriller, and a quirky character study, Midnight Run moves at a breakneck pace but still gives De Niro and Grodin time to create rich, memorable performances as two men who seem to be opposites, but gradually develop mutual respect and admiration. Mainstream entertainment at its best. --Jeff Shannon
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