Cape Fear

Visible crew/equipment: When Robert De Niro is smoking a cigar at the cinema, you can quite clearly see someone puffing and blowing cigar smoke from behind his seat to give the appearance of lots of hazy smoke.

Visible crew/equipment: The girls jump off the house boat, leaving Max and Sam on board, as Sam tries to jump off Max grabs him, there are apparently sprays of river water but the hose creating the effect is visible.

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Continuity mistake: When De Niro first meets Nolte's lady-friend, they are having a conversation in a bar or restaurant. As the camera goes from De Niro to the woman, the woman's top blouse button is open in one shot, then closed, then open, etc.

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Max Cady: Every man... every man has to go through hell to reach paradise.

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Question: The whole basis of the film is that Max is suddenly aware of hidden evidence that impacted his sentencing. However, his lawyer claims he wouldn't have known and hurried the case to keep it hidden. The question remains: how did Max find out about the evidence while in prison?

Answer: As I remember it, Sam Bowden, Max's lawyer, knew his client was a rapist. He did not want Max to go free, so he buried the evidence that could have exonerated him. At that time, Max was illiterate, and Bowden assumed he'd never know about the hidden information. While in prison, Max, who was actually highly intelligent, learned how to read and also studied law. He later mounted his own unsuccessful appeals, which presumably gave him access to all previous evidence.

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