Rear Window

Rear Window

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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2014
UPC: 0025192235542
Original Release: 1954
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 422

Special Features

Rear Window ethics: an original documentary; A conversation with screenwriter John Michael Hayes; Pure cinema: through the eyes of the master; Breaking barriers: the sound of Hitchcock; Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts; Masters of cinema; Feature commentary with John Falwell (author of "Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film"); Production photographs; Theatrical trailer; Re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart

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

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