Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte)is a small-town corporate attorney/"Leave It to Beaver" type family-man. Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.
Nick Nolte....Sam Bowden
Jessica Lange....Leigh Bowden
Juliette Lewis....Danielle Bowden
Joe Don Baker....Claude Kersek
Robert Mitchum....Lieutenant Elgart
Gregory Peck....Lee Heller
Illeana Douglas....Lori Davis
Fred Dalton Thompson....Tom Broadbent
Edgar Allan Poe IV....Prisoner
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