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Rear Window

Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock (1954)

109min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Like his earlier (but less successful) Rope, this masterpiece from director Alfred Hitchcock began as a technical stunt: Hitchcock wondered if he could make a film on just a single set and from just one vantage point. James Stewart plays a photojournalist with a broken leg and a high-society girlfriend, Grace Kelly. Confined to his apartment, he whiles away the time gazing out of the window through his telephoto lens and becomes convinced that a neighbour opposite (Raymond Burr) has murdered his wife and chopped her into disposable pieces. Hitchcock's "stunt" became a classic study of voyeurism - all those windows, shaped like movie screens, each containing a mini-drama of its own - and the tension builds brilliantly, complemented perfectly by the sexy repartee between the immobile Stewart and the slinky Kelly, and the dry, cynical humour provided by Thelma Ritter as Stewart's nurse. Often imitated, this extraordinary achievement has never been equalled.

Summary

A photographer is left housebound and in a wheelchair after breaking his leg in an accident. He passes the time watching the comings and goings of his neighbours in the apartment block opposite and becomes convinced one of them has committed a murder. However, he has trouble persuading anyone to believe his story. Hitchcock thriller, starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr, Thelma Ritter and Judith Evelyn.

Cast & Crew

LB "Jeff" Jeffries James Stewart
Lisa Carol Fremont Grace Kelly
Detective Thomas J Doyle Wendell Corey
Stella Thelma Ritter
Lars Thorwald Raymond Burr
Miss Lonely Hearts Judith Evelyn
Songwriter Ross Bagdasarian
Miss Torso Georgine Darcy
Woman on fire escape Sara Berner
Fire escape man Frank Cady
Miss Hearing Aid Jesslyn Fax
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Feb 2000

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