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01st May 2024

An incredible psychological thriller is one of the movies on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

It saw the re-teaming of one of the greatest director-actor duos of all time.

Our TV movie pick for tonight (Wednesday, 1 May) is Cape Fear, the 1991 psychological thriller that saw director Martin Scorsese and two-time Oscar winning actor Robert De Niro re-team for the seventh time.

A remake of the beloved 1962 film of the same name, De Niro stars as Max Cady – a psychopathic criminal who is released from prison after serving a 14-year sentence and seeks revenge against the lawyer, Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte), that put him away.

Co-starring Jessica Lange as Bowden’s wife and a young Juliette Lewis as his daughter, Cape Fear sees Scorsese applying all of his filmmaking craft to a pulpy, lurid thriller.

Aided by terrifying, transformative, Oscar-nominated villainous turn by De Niro, the end product may not be among the pair’s very best movies but it is certainly one of their most purely entertaining.

Cape Fear is airing on TV tonight at 11.40pm on BBC One. It is also available to rent on Apple TV, Google Play, Microsoft, Rakuten TV and the Sky Store.

Here are the other movies airing on TV tonight:

Live and Let Die – ITV4 – 8pm

“You know you did, you know you did, you know you did.” 🎵

Scream – Film4 – 9pm

Despite its title, this is actually the fifth entry in the slasher series and the first to feature Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera.

No Mercy – Legend – 9pm

Richard Gere is a cop out for vengeance in this ’80s neo-noir, which also stars Kim Basinger.

The Invisible Woman – BBC Four – 10pm

Ralph Fiennes directs and stars as Charles Dickens in this well-liked biographical drama.

Death Wish 3 – ITV4 – 10.40pm

Alien: Covenant – Film4 – 11.15pm

The latest entry in the legendary horror franchise – until Alien: Romulus later this summer at least – boasts an amazing dual turn from Michael Fassbender.

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