Alfred Hitchcock (1948)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


Two college intellectuals decide to murder a fellow student just to prove they can commit the perfect crime. Such is their overconfidence that they throw a party for the victim's family and friends while concealing the body in the room - but their former professor realises something is very wrong. Hitchcock thriller, starring Farley Granger, John Dall and James Stewart.

Cast & Crew

Rupert Cadell James Stewart
John Brandon John Dall
Phillip Morgan Farley Granger
Mr Kentley Cedric Hardwicke
Janet Walker Joan Chandler
Mrs Atwater Constance Collier
Mrs Wilson Edith Evanson
Kenneth Lawrence Douglas Dick
David Kentley Dick Hogan
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerGuidance: Violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray