The Bedroom Window (1987)




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When his lover witnesses a crime from his bedroom window, a man agrees to go to the police on her behalf in order to keep their affair secret. But the man soon discovers there is much more to the story than there seems in this Hitchcock-inspired thriller.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Curtis Hanson, Robert Towne
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On DVD: Jan 1, 2000
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as Terry Lambert

as Collin

as Attorney

as Detective Jessup

as Detective Quirk

as Henderson

as Bartender At Edgar's

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as Pool Player

as Dancing Girl

as Man in Phone Booth

as Blowsy Neighbor

as Bartender at Edgar's

as Policeman

as Policeman

as First Victim

as Receptionist

as Secretary

as First Victim

as Man in Theater

as Cocktail Waitress

as Late Night Shopper

as Seedy Bartender

as Pool Player's Friend

as Waitress at Edgar's

as Pool Player

as Henderson's Mother

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Critic Reviews for The Bedroom Window

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

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Audience Reviews for The Bedroom Window

It's like a part of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window".

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

This is a fine Hitchcockian thriller with a crackerjack script by Curtis Hanson. "The Bedroom Window" is best appreciated cold so I'll just hint at the plot. The hero (Steve Guttenberg) makes a well-intentioned mistake early in the film with some serious unintended consequences for him later. His white lie turns into a mountain of trouble. There's a cruel logic to what unspools, and his attempts to extricate himself seem perfectly rational, but the noose gets tighter anyway. The twists here are jazzy and (mostly) unpredictable though the last half hour or so isn't quite as sharp as the rest of the film. It loses some plausibility, but that's a minor complaint in a thriller and this is a gem of a movie. So why is this film nearly forgotten today? Well, first, there's the problem of Steve Guttenberg. You hate him, don't you? I don't think he's nearly as bad an actor as his reputation suggests - he's likable in this - but maybe Hanson should've cast someone with a little more edge. No matter how much I plead this movie's case, you're not going to watch a Steve Guttenberg movie, are you? Second is Hanson's unremarkable direction. It doesn't have the visual flair of Hitchcock or the Brian DePalma knockoffs of the time which invite inevitable comparisons. Hanson is an excellent screenwriter, but he didn't really find his footing as a director until the '90s and this movie doesn't have any "film geek" moments. He should've spun his camera around like a nut a couple of times and shot more closeups of eyeballs - maybe thrown in a clown. Film nerds eat that stuff up and they'd be discussing its "meaning" to this day. ("Hanson SEES the DIZZINESS of the CIRCUS-LIKE urban experience!") But the script is more logical and believable than any of DePalma's efforts, (and even a fair number of Hitchcock's), and it should be appreciated for that. This is a very entertaining suspenser and it's severely underrated. 4 stars.

Clark Bowman

In spite of a few gaping holes in the plot, this is a solid mystery thriller, with plenty of twists in the Hitchcock style. Great pacing, and always interesting. The cast is terrific and very likable, well directed. Thoroughly entertaining.

James Higgins

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