Hollywood's Tough Guy
JULY 1, 1997
The NewsHour looks back at the life of Robert Mitchum, whose long-spanning career earned him a place as one of Hollywood's leading "tough guys."
JIM LEHRER: Actor Robert Mitchum died today at his home in Santa Barbara, California, after suffering from emphysema and lung cancer. In this scene from the 1962 film "Cape Fear," Mitchum plays Max Cady a paroled murderer who believes his lawyer is responsible for his conviction. The attorney is played by Gregory Peck.
SCENE FROM FILM "CAPE FEAR":
MAX CADY: (played by Mitchum) Hello, counselor. Remember me? Baltimore. Eight years, four months, and thirteen days ago. It comin' in clear now, counselor?
ATTORNEY: (played by Peck) Cady, Max Cady.
MAX CADY: Good. I wouldn't want to think you'd forgotten me.
ATTORNEY: What do you want?
MAX CADY: Didn't remember me right off, did you? Well, I guess I've changed a little. Where I've been if you don't change, they're real disappointed. You haven't changed a bit. And you know somethin'? That's just the way I wanted it. I wanted you to be just the way you were the last time I saw you.
ATTORNEY: All right. You've seen me. What's the rest?
MAX CADY: No rest. Just wanted to give you the word. Just wanted you to get the picture that's all.
ATTORNEY: (in car) Give me the keys.
MAX CADY: Why not?
ATTORNEY: Now, let me get this straight. You're not still blaming me for what you did?
MAX CADY: (laughing) Still don't get the picture, do you, counselor? Well, I can see this is gonna take a little time, a lot of time. Hey, look at there, would you. Look at that wiggle. (referring to woman on street) Maybe she thinks we don't know that's on purpose, but we've seen a thing or two, haven't we, counselor? You ought to be an expert on such things, counselor. I hear you got you a good lookin' wife and got a daughter gonna be just like her. Give my love to the family, counselor. I'll be seein' you.
JIM LEHRER: Robert Mitchum was 79 years old.