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Rear Window
     

Rear Window

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey

 

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Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments

Overview

Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. As he watches his neighbors, he assigns them such roles and character names as "Miss Torso" (Georgine Darcy), a professional dancer with a healthy social life or "Miss Lonelyhearts" (Judith Evelyn), a middle-aged woman who entertains nonexistent gentlemen callers. Of particular interest is seemingly mild-mannered travelling salesman Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who is saddled with a nagging, invalid wife. One afternoon, Thorwald pulls down his window shade, and his wife's incessant bray comes to a sudden halt. Out of boredom, Jeffries casually concocts a scenario in which Thorwald has murdered his wife and disposed of the body in gruesome fashion. Trouble is, Jeffries' musings just might happen to be the truth. One of Alfred Hitchcock's very best efforts, Rear Window is a crackling suspense film that also ranks with Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960) as one of the movies' most trenchant dissections of voyeurism. As in most Hitchcock films, the protagonist is a seemingly ordinary man who gets himself in trouble for his secret desires.

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Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Among director Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces, none is as purely cinematic as Rear Window. Embellishing and enriching a Cornell Woolrich short story about a wheelchair-bound apartment dweller who becomes convinced that one of his neighbors has committed a murder, Hitchcock creates a meditation on voyeurism in which the Peeping Tom hero becomes a stand-in for the audience itself. Jimmy Stewart, in one of his most memorable roles, portrays a photographer with a broken leg who, confined to his apartment, amuses himself by idly spying on his neighbors across the courtyard. Each window he peers into offers a different glimpse of male-female relationships, and each of the characters he observes -- the frisky newlyweds, the love-starved spinster, the middle-aged man locked in a miserable marriage -- become mirrors into his psyche, reflecting the anxiety he feels about his own relationship with an elegant fashion writer (Grace Kelly) who is pressuring him to get married. Kelly never looked more gorgeous than she does here, and the rest of cast is superb -- Thelma Ritter, as Stewart’s sassy nurse, steals every scene she’s in, while Raymond Burr has an affecting melancholy as the would-be murderer who materializes as the manifestation of Stewart’s inner fears. Brilliant in its use of a single set, Rear Window is the pinnacle of Hollywood entertainment, an ostensibly lighthearted thriller that darkens as it moves toward its almost unbearably suspenseful climax. Extras on the Collector’s Edition DVD include a conversation with screenwriter John Michael Hayes and a re-release trailer narrated by Jimmy Stewart. The film-to-disc transfer is also from a terrific print: It truly does justice to one of Hitchcock’s most perfect films.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
On the surface a comic thriller about a photographer and the crime he thinks took place across the courtyard, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) turns into an interrogation of voyeurism and movie-viewing. Keeping the camera in Jeff's apartment (except for a couple of shots near the climax), Hitchcock limits the audience's view to what Jeff can see and hear from his immobilized perch. He is free to take in the spectacle of the events in the apartments that he sees, but he is powerless to intervene. Why he looks, however, is the larger question; Hitchcock suggests not just that Jeff is channel-surfing among apartments for idle entertainment but also that the urge to peep is a more universal trait than we might care to acknowledge. What Jeff finds, moreover, becomes a fantasy projection of his own fears about his own relationship with Lisa. Jeff becomes a voyeur to escape, but his gaze is literally -- and violently -- turned back on him by the suspected wife-killer in his thriller narrative. Wryly entertaining as well as skillfully executed and thematically complex, the popular Rear Window earned Hitchcock an Oscar nomination for Best Director and inspired such later films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974) and Brian De Palma's Sisters (1973). It was remade in 1998 as a TV movie with Christopher Reeve in the James Stewart role.
All Movie Guide
On the surface a comic thriller about a photographer and the crime he thinks took place across the courtyard, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) turns into an interrogation of voyeurism and movie-viewing. Keeping the camera in Jeff's apartment (except for a couple of shots near the climax), Hitchcock limits the audience's view to what Jeff can see and hear from his immobilized perch. He is free to take in the spectacle of the events in the apartments that he sees, but he is powerless to intervene. Why he looks, however, is the larger question; Hitchcock suggests not just that Jeff is channel-surfing among apartments for idle entertainment but also that the urge to peep is a more universal trait than we might care to acknowledge. What Jeff finds, moreover, becomes a fantasy projection of his own fears about his own relationship with Lisa. Jeff becomes a voyeur to escape, but his gaze is literally and violently turned back on him by the suspected wife-killer in his thriller narrative. Wryly entertaining as well as skillfully executed and thematically complex, the popular Rear Window earned Hitchcock an Oscar nomination for Best Director and inspired such later films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974) and Brian De Palma's Sisters (1973). It was remade in 1998 as a TV movie with Christopher Reeve in the James Stewart role. Lucia Bozzola

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2012
UPC:
0025192154638
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
474

Special Features

Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes Production Photographs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart L.B. Jeffries (Jeff)
Grace Kelly Lisa Carol Fremont
Wendell Corey Thomas J. Doyle, detective
Thelma Ritter Stella, the nurse
Raymond Burr Lars Thorwald
Judith Evelyn Miss Lonely Heart
Georgine Darcy Miss Torso, the dancer
Sara Berner Fire Escape Woman
Frank Cady Fire Escape Man
Rand Harper Honeymooner
Jesslyn Fax Miss Hearing Aid
Irene Winston Mrs. Thorwald
Havis Davenport Newlywed
Ross Bagdasarian Songwriter
James Cornell Man
Jerry Antes Dancer
Iphigenie Castiglioni Bird Woman
Marla English Party Girl (uncredited)
Bess Flowers Woman with Poodle
Fred Graham Stunt Detective (uncredited)
Len Hendry Policeman
Harry Landers Young Man
Alan Lee Landlord
Mike Mahoney Policeman
Eddie Parker Actor
Ralph Smiley Carl the Waiter
Anthony Warde Detective
Bennie Bartlett Miss Torso's Friend
Kathryn Grant Party Girl (uncredited)
Dick Simmons Actor

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Herbert Coleman Asst. Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John Cope Sound/Sound Designer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
George Tomasini Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rear Window
1. Main Titles [1:34]
2. The Plaster Cocoon [6:52]
3. Stella's Advice [7:08]
4. Lisa [5:47]
5. Meet The Neighbors [5:47]
6. Mismatched Lives [4:47]
7. All Through The Night [4:37]
8. The Watcher [6:26]
9. Something's Wrong [10:34]
10. Doyle Investigates [7:11]
11. Eye On Thorwald [11:32]
12. There's No Case [6:20]
13. Rear Window Ethics [6:20]
14. Message To A Murderer [8:04]
15. Lisa's Risk [4:14]
16. Killer In The Dark [7:29]
17. A Few Changes [5:39]
18. Restoration Credits [1:50]

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Rear Window 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful and suspenseful classic movie. Wonderful with Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart and Thelma Ritter. Look for Perry Mason - Raymond Burr. I highly recommend this movie for those viewers who love the old classic movies by Alfred Hitchcock.
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I LOVE this movie!!!  Even though there was a remake of "Rear Window"  years ago, which was excellent too, the original one is still my favorite.  Maybe it lacks the special effects we are used to by now, but the suspense and intensity is there..
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the movie to have if you are a huge Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Hitchcock fan. It is an incredible piece of work, and one all three legends greatest! Jimmy and Grace are great as a couple! Too bad they didn't make more movies togther!
Brigit More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite movies. It amazes me that such a captivating movie could be shot entirely from one room. James Stewart plays a photographer (L.B. Jeffries) who for six weeks is confined to a wheelchair and stuck in his one room apartment because of a broken leg. Due to boredom, he starts watching his neighbors whose windows open to the same courtyard. You feel drawn in and that you are watching these people from a window, as well, and he has some amusing nicknames for some of his neighbors. But the movie quickly goes from lighthearted to tense as he suspects a neighbor of murdering his invalid wife. In addition to trying to solve a murder, Jeffries is trying to convince himself to break off his relationship to his too perfect to be true girlfriend, Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly). As wonderful as Stewart and Kelly are in this film, my favorite character is his nurse, Stella (Thelma Ritter). She is very direct and has a lot of gritty humor and homespun advise. She also manages to steal every scene she is in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I say performances are wonderful because these are some of the best actors I've ever witnessed. Jimmy Stewart is so wonderful at facial expressions and expression in his dialoge. Grace Kelly is drop dead unfairly gorgeous, and is so good with her emotions, she makes you feel sorry for her. Thelma Ritter is a great break in the suspense, cracking a funny joke, not necessarily meaning to. The visuals, are lacking only in some places when the effects don't play out just right. The plot is fabulous, because it's easy to follow, but it has a great mild mystery that makes it suitable to watch with kids a little younger. The script is incredibly witty, and well developed and appropriate. The soundtrack is unusual, because generally haunting music is used, and it isn't really in this-it's more romantic and it's played mostly through a songwriter character in one of the apartments. It's sexy, because Grace Kelly is incredibly sexy. It has a love story behind it and displays plenty of affection. One woman in another apartment is a dancer, always having men over, and she's a very sexy dancer. The music always fits the mood, and what's sexier when you're talking the 50's then having Grace Kelly packing her sexiest negligee to spend the night with him?? It's emotional, because you have another woman in the other apartment they've nicknamed miss lonelyhearts, because she can't find a good, nice man, and almost kills herself. Grace gets very emotional when she finds out Jimmy might want to call it quits, you feel her pain as a woman who loves someone that isn't feeling it back. She tries all throughout the movie to prove she can downplay the socialite life and be adventurous like he is. Thelma Ritter has hilarious lines, like saying "Where do you suppose he cut her up? Oh of course! The bathtub! That's the only place he could wash away the blood!" just as Jimmy's about to eat his food, he suddenly loses his appetite (gee, i wonder why? haha) and saying she's "scattered all over town. her head in a hat box, a leg in the east river, a hand in the garden.." what's funny about this, is the timing of her words and the sarcasm in her voice when she says it. This is one of his best, with an amazing concept-peeping toms that discover things they shouldn't know. the disbelief and facts that prove they could be wrong. He shot the whole thing from Jimmy's character's apartment, to feel his frustration of being stuck there, and so that we couldn't know any more than he. The way it was filmed: Jimmy looks, we see what he sees, and then we see his reaction. Only once do we know something he doesn't, we are in his world the whole time. Beautifully done, so much fun to watch in the complete darkness all over your house to enhance darker scenes, etc. Highly reccomend it. These others that i reccomend are also excellent, for they also have a romantic story in the suspense. Especially good is Vertigo, it has to be my favorite Hitchcock ever.
CAM-Teacher More than 1 year ago
"Rear Window" is Director Alfred Hitchcock at his best. He doesn't simply present a murder mystery: at the same time that the story has the characters (played by Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly) wondering whether they ought to be spying on their neighbors, the director has the audience wondering whether we ought to be watching the private story on the screen. Despite one scene with poor special effects at the end, the film holds true for those who like a murder mystery that ends with more thoughts to think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A capturing movie, if i watch it by myself i still get the chills.
Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly have their best performances in this thriller. Also my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie.
Really must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After 52 years, this film still stands the test of time. What hasn't been said about Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, it contains ahead-of-its-time romance, trademark wit, and sophisicated humor. James Stewart, and Grace Kelly have become one of the very best on-screen couples in cinema history. The supporting cast, especially Thelma Ritter, delivers their fantastic amount of amazing screen time. Hitchcock is of course, a legend of film-making. This film was unfairly such out of the Oscar for Best Picture of 1954. This will always be one of my all-time favorites films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Director Alfred Hitchcock, better known as ¿The Master of Suspense,¿ succeeded once again in creating the classic showpiece, Rear Window. Of his many other films, such as, Psycho, The Birds, and The Man Who Knew Too Much: Rear Window is by far one of his best. Many of Alfred Hitchcock¿s viewers often find themselves sitting in a pool of anticipation on the edge of their seats awaiting the outcome. The cast of Rear Window includes Jimmy Stewart, the lovely Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr. As the story unfolds, the character¿s identities are revealed. Jimmy Stewart plays a wheelchair-confined photographer, LB ¿Jeff¿ Jeffries, who is trapped inside his apartment day after day with nothing to do but watch his neighbors attentively through the rear window of his apartment. Stella, Jeffries¿ insolent nurse is played by Thelma Ritter. Together they talk about the life of Mr. Jeffries and his gorgeous girlfriend, Lisa Carol Fremont, played by Grace Kelly, whom he does not want to marry. While in the care of Stella, she notices that Jeffries has taken a liking to watching the neighbors with great captivation. As the days pass he is more and more intrigued by the actions taken on by his neighbors ¿the nagging couple, the newlyweds, ¿Ms. Torso,¿ ¿Ms. Lonelyheart,¿ and the strange artist. Both Lisa and Stella believe Mr. Jeffries to be a Peeping Tom and that he should pass the time in his apartment another way. In time, Mr. Jeffries notices peculiar actions happening between the nagging couple. The wife suddenly disappears and Jeffries is lead to make the assumption that her husband, Mr. Thorbird, has killed her and quickly phones his detective friend. The detective finds nothing that would lead to the death or killing of Mrs. Thorbird. But as the plot unfolds, there appears to be more to the story than the detective suggests. Things turn for the worse and Lisa, Stella, and Jeffries do their own detective work on the case of the nagging couple. Lisa and Stella show bravery in taking action on trying to solve the mystery of Mrs. Thorbird¿s disappearance. The theory of Mr. Thorbird killing his wife is to be proved in good time. Alfred Hitchcock¿s Rear Window is a great display of suspense and drama. The movie has its viewers constantly on edge. Hitchcock also never fails to expose the confined Jeffries in his wheelchair and his brilliant work with one main setting captures the very feeling of being right in the movie with the Peeping Toms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alfred Hitchcock once commented that his films go from (critical) failures to masterpieces without ever becoming successes. In the case of "Rear Window", this observation wouldn't apply. The film was an immediate critical and box-office success when released in 1954. It is also that rare film that fits into multiple genres (Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir, Black Comedy). Its the perfect Hitchcock film, the one that illustrates nearly all his major strengths. It represents the director at his best for the way it works on many levels, yet conceals it's own complexity. James Stewart is also the perfect Hitchcock character, an ordinary-looking, unpretentious man who becomes enmeshed in extraordinary, nightmarish events. This is one of the continuing motifs in a Hitchcock film and "Rear Window" (like "North By Northwest") is the shining example. Hitchcock knows precisely what he wants. His films were completed in his head and on his storyboards before he ever stepped onto his set. The creativity and brilliance of the film had all taken place before. "Rear Window" has never ceased to amaze and impress. Now past its 50th anniversary, this masterpiece is more revered and admired than ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie of all time with outstanding actors/actresses and a cool twist at the end - so Alfred Hitchcock. Do not buy updated versions so you are not disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Superb acting. Stewart and Kelly give beautiful performances, as does the hilarious Thelma Ritter. One of my absolute favorite Hitchcock films. It keeps you guessing until the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this movie was packed with suspence! It had me guessing until the end! If you want to see a mystery then rent this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hitchcock has weaved an intelligent tale of suspense and mystery. One of my favorite movies of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it the first time I saw it. I've seen it many times since then, and I still think it's the best movie Hitchcock made. The movie holds your attention throughout and never leaves Jimmy Stewart's apartment. He is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, and has nothing to do but watch his neighbors in their apartments. This causes him to become involved in their lives, but from a distance. When the wife of one of the neighbors disappears, the suspense begins! There are no car chases, nothing blows up, and best of all, there is no profanity. And yet you can't wait to see what happens next! There is also humor in the film, especially from Thelma Ritter. It just wouldn't have been as good without her. It was also interesting to watch Grace Kelly's character change through the movie - from skeptical to interested to helping solve the mystery! And she looked gorgeous, too. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to watch a good, clean, and engrossing mystery. It's just the best!
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