The best Cape Fear quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from Cape Fear, with the help of your votes. Starring Robert De Niro and Nick Nolte, Cape Fear was directed by Martin Scorsese and released in 1991.
What is your favorite Cape Fear quote? One memorable line was when Max Cady said, "But your parents, they judged you. They got plenty angry at you, didn't they?" Another great line from Cape Fear is, "A lawyer should represent his client... " spoken by Sam Bowden.
Vote up your top Cape Fear quotes, regardless of which character they come from.
Max Cady: I wanted to meet you, see what you're like. I see you're a nice person. That's all.
Danielle Bowden: You're not gonna hurt me, are you?
Max Cady: No, I'm not gonna hurt you at all. There's no hurtin' here, Danielle. 'Tween us, there's no anger, nothin'. Just a search for truth. I mean, did you judge me, did you get angry at me when you caught me smokin' the grass? Hmm?
Danielle Bowden: No.
Max Cady: But your parents, they judged you. They got plenty angry at you, didn't they?
Danielle Bowden: Yeah.
Max Cady: Mm-hmm. They punished you for their sins. What did they do?
Danielle Bowden: They, uh... My dad... They just yelled a whole lot and, um... My mom cried... and my Dad said I couldn't drive the Cherokee.
Max Cady: I'd say they punished you for their sins, and you resent that, and you should resent it. But Professor 'Do-Right' has a little advice for you. You shouldn't damn 'em. Don't judge 'em. Just forgive 'em, for they know not what they do.
Danielle Bowden: Well, um, why do you hate my father?
Max Cady: I don't hate him at all. Oh no, I pray for him. I'm here to help him. I mean, we all make mistakes, Danielle. You and I have. At least we try to admit it. Don't we?...But your daddy, he don't. Every man carries a circle of hell around his head like a halo. Your daddy too. Every man... Every man has to go through hell to reach his paradise. You know what paradise is?...Salvation. 'Cause your daddy's not happy. Your mommy's not happy. And, you know what? You're not happy. Are you? You know, I think I might have found a companion, a companion for that long walk to the light.
Max Cady: I'm Virgil and I'm guidin' you through the gates of Hell. We are now in the Ninth Circle, the Circle of Traitors. Traitors to country! Traitors to fellow man! Traitors to GOD! You, sir, are charged with betrayin' the principles of all three! Quote for me the American Bar Association's Rules of Professional Conduct, Canon Seven.
Sam Bowden: "A lawyer should represent his client... "
Max Cady: "Should zealously represent his client within the bounds of the law." I find you guilty, counselor! Guilty of betrayin' your fellow man! Guilty of betrayin' your country and abrogatin' your oath! Guilty of judgin' me and sellin' me out! With the power vested in me by the kingdom of God, I sentence you to the Ninth Circle of Hell! Now you will learn about loss! Loss of freedom! Loss of humanity! Now you and I will truly be the same...
Max Cady: Free as a bird. You go wherever you want with whomever.
Sam Bowden: I'd like my keys back please.
Max Cady: Could it be you don't remember me?
Sam Bowden: I remember you. You were at the movies the other night.
Max Cady: I'm disappointed. I'm hurt.
Sam Bowden: I would like my keys.
Max Cady: Max Cady. You look the same. Maybe 15 pounds heavier. But they say the average man gains a pound a year till he's about... Come on. Gains a pound a year till he's about 60. Me? I dropped a pound every year in my sentence.
Sam Bowden: Atlanta. July 1977?
Max Cady: You got it. Fourteen years since I held a set of keys.
Judge:Let me quote our great Negro educator, Mr. Booker T. Washington."I will let no man drag me down so low... "...as to make me hate him."