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Rope (1948)


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Rope, Alfred Hitchcock's first color film, was adapted from Patrick Hamilton's stage play Rope's End by no less than Hume Cronyn. Loosely inspired by the Leopold-Loeb case, the plot concerns two implicitly homosexual college chums, played by Farley Granger and John Dall. Their heads filled with Nietzschean philosophy by their kindly professor James Stewart, Granger and Dall kill a third friend just for the thrill of it. The boys hide the body in an antique chest in the middle of their posh

Mar 6, 2001

Warner Bros. Pictures

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Apart from the tedium of waiting or someone to open that chest and discover the hidden body which the hosts have tucked away for the sake of a thrill, the unpunctuated flow of image becomes quite monotonous.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (7)
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Rope is not merely a stunt that is justified by the extraordinary career that contains it, but one of the movies that makes that career extraordinary.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Rope isn't merely a terrific movie; it is also a benchmark for which the intricate nature of the killer's mind can be simplified into immense clarity.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source:

Rope is Hitchock's underrated classic that contains some of the most unique filmmaking of it's time. Hitchcock was so far ahead of filmmakers back then and so far ahead of a lot of the filmmakers today.

August 2, 2008
BDK Reviews

Serves only as perverse entertainment.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An elaborately perverse buffet served up at a pivotal moment in Hitchcock's career

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

"A crime for most, a privilege for some" is how Rupert classifies murder, but Hitchcock's eye-am-a-camera technique in Rope is after more than Nazi-superman residue still lurking after WWII.

June 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Hitchcock said it was a stunt, but Rope is a fascinating experiment trying to find the cinematic equivalent to a play, with the camera constantly searching

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Experimental Hitchcock murder mystery, very stagey

October 23, 2004


June 12, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Hitchcock's 'one take' classic gets better with age.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A minor masterpiece; Hitchcock could turn out brilliance even when he considered himself to be simply playing around.

July 6, 2003

Intriguing experimental film from Hitchcock

June 19, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

... a deeply interesting film if not exactly a successful one ... you can feel it straining to articulate a truth it doesn't quite grasp.

August 29, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Brilliant despite the obvious "gimmick," one of Hitchcock's most subdued and affecting films.

August 12, 2002
Film Blather

Worth the effort just to watch the talent and innovation of maestro Alfred Hitchcock

August 12, 2002
Reeling Reviews

The supposedly invisible editing is more of a distraction than being really innovative.

June 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

This modestly successful thriller stands out as Alfred Hitchcock's first colour film and for the presence of two obviously gay lead characters.

March 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A complex and dazzlingly unique picture.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source:

Rope remains worth seeing, for its difference from cinema in general and from the rest of Hitchcock's work in particular.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Edinburgh U Film Society
Edinburgh U Film Society

Audience Reviews for Rope

Thinly veiled homosexuality and strange editing techniques underscore the off-kilter atmosphere of this Hitchcock gem.
October 6, 2012
Randy Tippy

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A film that was well ahead of its time. The main character can only be described as Dexter and Don draper on steroids. Its a well crafted story that grabs your attention every second.
May 19, 2012
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paul oh

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There's more than what meets the eye going on here as Hitchcock plays a game of cat and mouse with us as the targets. Two arrogant killers tempt fate by throwing a dinner party literally right over the body of their victim. Excellent dialogue and technical brilliance aid in the sensation of a roller coaster ride gone wrong. Cary Grant and Montgomery Cliff were approached to star in this previously but turned it down ... ?
April 25, 2012

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It's way too loosely based on the Leopold-Loeb case. But that doesn't make the movie any less interesting. I felt it a bit slow at the beginning, but soon I found myself enjoying the party. Hitchcock's touch of Psycho is apparent here. Or is it only me? One way or another, John Dall is incredibly superb as Brandon. The dialogues are so well-written that they succeed to linger in your memory. The thrills and chills, accompanied with humor, were excellent, and it'd have made for a perfect murder had Hitchcock not stepped back on Rupert's character. That was the only disappointing factor in this otherwise perfect entertainer.

ADD-IT: On watching again, I feel that I was wrong about Rupert. Taking some details into account, I feel that Rupert didn't really mean what he said. But then his response, "The humor was unintentional" to David father's interruption to their discussion about murder (saying that he did not appreciate the morbid humor) confuses me. His response towards the ending after finding out the reality wasn't convincing enough. Wish they'd a better climax in mind.
January 16, 2012

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    1. Rupert Cadell: Did you think you were God, Brandon?
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