Just got finished watching Martin Scorsese’s remake of the film, Cape Fear. The 1991 movie stars Robert DeNiro as the convicted rapist who wants vengeance for having been imprisoned for 14 years because of his lawyer’s (played by Nick Nolte) purposefully faulty defense tactics, prejudicing the accused.
The film received Academy Award nominations for DeNiro (Best Actor) and Juliette Lewis, who played the precocious young teen, for best supporting actress. The 1962 original stared Robert Mitchum in the DeNiro’s role with Gregory Peck playing the Nolte role.
The movies were parodied in various forms, including an episode of The Simpsons during it’s fourth season called, “Cape Feare”. It features the return of guest star Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob, who tries to kill Bart Simpson after getting out of jail.
It’s hard to believe, but there is a place called Cape Fear. The area is located in the Wilmington, North Carolina area. It has an estimated population of nearly 350,000 people, making it ideal for Wilmington NC real estate.
Wilmington was settled on the Cape Fear River. It offers an historic downtown with a one-mile-long Riverwalk as a main tourist attraction and is minutes away from nearby beaches.
Wilmington is also the site of the World War II battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55). Now a war memorial, the ship is open to public tours and is on display across from the downtown port area.
Other attractions include the Cape Fear Museum, the Wilmington Hammerheads USL soccer team, and the training camp site for the Charlotte Bobcats. The University of North Carolina Wilmington provides a wide variety of programs for undergraduates, graduate students and adult learners, in addition to cultural and sports events open to the community.
EUE Screen Gems Studios makes it’s home in the Wilmington area. It’s the largest television and movie production facility outside of California. “Dream Stage 10,” the facility’s newest sound stage, is the third-largest in the US. It houses the largest special-effects water tank in North America. Since the studio’s opening in 1984, Wilmington has become a major center of American film and television production.
In addition to Cape Fear, other movies shot there include “A Walk To Remember”, “Blue Velvet”, “Weekend at Bernie’s”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Empire Records”, “Black Knight”, “28 Days”, “The Crow”, “Nights in Rodanthe” and “Hounddog”; as well as television shows such as “Matlock”, “Surface”, “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill”.