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      Rear Window

      1954, Mystery & thriller, 1h 52m

      128 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      Hitchcock exerted full potential of suspense in this masterpiece. Read critic reviews

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      A newspaper photographer with a broken leg passes time recuperating by observing his neighbors through his window. He sees what he believes to be a murder, and decides to solve the crime himself. With the help of his nurse and wife, he tries to catch the murderer without being killed himself.

      • Rating: PG

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Alfred Hitchcock

      • Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

      • Writer: John Michael Hayes, Cornell Woolrich

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $1.6M

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      • Distributor: Paramount Pictures

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.37:1)

      Cast & Crew

      James Stewart
      Grace Kelly
      Wendell Corey
      Raymond Burr
      Judith Evelyn
      Georgine Darcy
      Sara Berner
      Frank Cady
      Jesslyn Fax
      Alan Lee
      Franz Waxman
      Robert Burks
      George Tomasini
      Hal Pereira
      Sam Comer
      Ray Moyer
      Edith Head
      Wally Westmore
      Herbert Coleman
      John Cope
      Harry Lindgren
      John P. Fulton

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      • Jul 28, 2018
        okay but too outmoded for my taste
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      • Dec 04, 2017
        Hitchcock's nod to voyeurism has a very simple premise: a photographer (Jimmy Stewart) is laid up with a broken leg, and finds entertainment in looking out his second floor window at his neighbors. The plot device is that during a heat wave, these neighbors leave their curtains drawn or shades up at all times, well, with the exception of a pair of newlyweds, whose implied activity (and its frequency) is a little joke Hitch gives us early on. He also dials up some eye candy circa 1954 with a dancer who regularly prances about her apartment. Stewart (slash Hitchcock) is a bit of perv, and he's kidded about that by his tough little nurse (Thelma Ritter) and glamorous girlfriend (Grace Kelly). Things get serious when he notices one of the neighbors (Raymond Burr) leaving his apartment multiple times in the wee hours of the night, and that the guy's wife has mysteriously disappeared. From then on, there is a tension to the film, as we're not sure what's going on, or if anything at all is going on, as Stewart's detective friend (Wendell Corey) is skeptical and provides some alternate explanations. You might say, c'mon, we're pretty sure something's going on, this is a Hitchcock film after all, but consider the uncomfortable light Stewart's character is placed in: spying on neighbors with binoculars and a gigantic zoom lens, suggesting that his friend break the law by searching the guy's apartment without a warrant, and even (gasp) having Kelly over for a little sleepover, despite only having a single bed. It would have been interesting had Stewart's character been darker, e.g. taking pictures of his neighbors, but that may be implied when he breaks out slides showing pictures of a flower garden in the courtyard to try to understand if anything has changed. Tension ratchets up considerably when Ritter and Kelly investigate on their own, but I won't spoil it. The fact that the action for the entire movies takes place in Stewart's apartment or from its vantage point is a pretty phenomenal achievement. Stewart turns in a strong performance, and Ritter's blunt speculations are effective in spurring our imaginations. I loved the scene which ends with Burr's cigarette glowing in the dark, one of the best moments in the film. The little stories playing out in the various apartments, including a woman who is lonely and depressed, provide interesting subplots. Overall the film is a little too constrained for me to consider it Hitchcock's best, and I could have used a little more darkness in the characters or the plot, but it's certainly very good, and a brilliant example of suspense not requiring fast-paced action or gore.
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      • Mar 26, 2016
        Truly suspenseful and masterfully crafted, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window is a masterpiece of thriller that is both parts witty and serious, clever and entertaining, and humor filled and fear inducing. James Stewart is amazing in the main role.
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      • Nov 22, 2015
        Pretty well made but I disliked the ending and how it was handled so much that this brings the movie down significantly for me.
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