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Rope

  • Drama
  • 1948
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 76 mins
  • PG

Summary

Thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger. After committing a cold-blooded murder and hiding the corpse, two young killers host a party for the dead man's family and friends.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This thriller from Alfred Hitchcock is more interesting today for its use of continuous long takes. The plot sees two homosexual student murderers (Farley Granger and John Dall) giving a party in a posh New York apartment for academic James Stewart and relatives of the young victim, whose body is present in a trunk from which they serve the drinks. Curiously devoid of suspense, the film is more an intriguing cerebral exercise, famous as an experiment in technique, than a characteristic Hitchcockian entertainment. Based on the real-life Leopold and Loeb case, it remains historically interesting, but both subject (see Richard Fleischer's 1959 film Compulsion) and technique have moved on, and Rope, today, is a disappointing addition to the great director's canon of work.

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Credits

Cast

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Rupert CadellJames Stewart
John BrandonJohn Dall
Phillip MorganFarley Granger
Mr KentleyCedric Hardwicke
Janet WalkerJoan Chandler
Mrs AtwaterConstance Collier
Mrs WilsonEdith Evanson
Kenneth LawrenceDouglas Dick
David KentleyDick Hogan

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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