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I just saw Cape Fear again the other night on TV and I enjoyed it even more
the second time around.  This is one of those films which beg to analyzed an
on many different levels.
In response to Chuck's comments I would only add/interject that the DeNiro
character is not a Christ figure, although the character sees himself as such.
Juliette Lewis is not so much 'putting her mouth around DeNiro's thumb'  but
rather, the DeNiro character is putting his thumb inside her mouth - a
penetration and violation of the Nolte character's teenage daughter.  He
intends to teach him 'about loss' - his daughter's loss of innocence would be
such a loss.
Renato Tonelli