Rear Window (1954)

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Critic Consensus: Hitchcock exerted full potential of suspense in this masterpiece.


Movie Info

Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. As he watches his neighbors, he assigns them such roles and character names as "Miss Torso" (Georgine Darcy), a … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Michael Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

Cast


as L.B. "Jeff" Jefferie...

as Lisa Carol Fremont

as Stella

as Lieutenant Thomas J....

as Mr. Lars Thorwald

as Miss Lonelyheart

as Miss Torso

as Mrs. Thorwald

as Woman on Fire Escape

as Fire Escape Man

as Miss Hearing Aid

as Honeymooner

as Party Girl

as Party Girl

as Landlord

as Detective

as Miss Torso's Friend

as Choreographer

as Woman with Poodle

as Stunt Detective (unc...

as Carl the Waiter

as Young Man

as Policeman

as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Rear Window

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (20)

It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged.

Full Review… | March 5, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Just possibly the second most entertaining picture (after The 39 Steps) ever made by Alfred Hitchcock.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Of all Hitchcock's films, this is the one which most reveals the man.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The deliciousness of watching the film as it's intended to be seen is that the big screen gives Rear Window back its claustrophobia.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Don't resist the urge -- steal a peek at it now, and be reminded why Hitchcock is still without equal in the clammy thrills department.

May 28, 2004
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Beneath pointed dialogue, perceptive character development and tense plot twists, the movie plays like a breakpoint in our journey towards complete voyeurism.

Full Review… | March 26, 2014
Cinemaphile.org

Audience Reviews for Rear Window

Rear Window is regularly listed with the greatest movies ever made. Certainly one of Hitchcock's finest. In addition to the exceptional chemistry between star James Stewart and a radiant Grace Kelly , there's Raymond Burr as salesman Lars Thorwald with his hair dyed white to make him appear older. When his invalid wife disappears, Jeff suspects foul play might be involved. The setting is a fascinating tableau. Virtually the entire feature is shot from Jeff's gaze looking out into the open courtyard into the many windows of his neighbors. Each residence is a set within itself, fully furnished. With few exceptions, the camera never leaves the confinement of Stewart's apartment. The setting can get a bit claustrophobic. Nevertheless it's a brilliantly assembled theatrical piece right down to the heart-pounding climax . Hitchcock's brilliance as a director has never been questioned and with Rear Window, his abilities as a visual storyteller remain unparalleled.

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Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Masterful Hitchcock motion picture; filled with mystery, humor, suspense and a fluid direction. Rear Window is a classic film led by James Stewart and comprised of plenty of homages to American cinema in the mid-1900s. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Alfred Hitchcock is a cinematic tour de force when it comes to crafting some of the most memorable and exhilarating suspense thrillers ever to grace the screen. Rear Window belongs among the directors finest works, this is a film that steadily builds up the tension, and what makes this such a unique film is the fact that Hitchcock uses a simple concept to tell a broader story. In turn, the suspense is much more solid and delivers a solid two hours of thrills. Jimmy Stewart delivers a great performance here, and he has great on-screen chemistry with Grace Kelly. This ranks among Hitchcock's best works, and the simplistic plot leaves so much to the imagination, which in turn makes for a truly memorable and taut filmgoing experience. Fans of suspense films will surely enjoy this film, and thought it's a slow film, it works well because the best films take its time to unfold, and that's the case with Rear Window. In terms of a classic thriller, Rear Window is one of the finest genre films to ever grave the screen, and it proved once again that Alfred Hitchcock was one of the finest directors to tackle the genre, and it cemented his stature as the master of suspense even further. Rear Window mixes different elements very well, with a detective aspect to the story, which adds more depth to the simple storyline. What makes the film great is that most of the action happens in one room, and to that effect, Hitchcock uses every trick he's got to create something that will entertain you from start to finish. Rear Window is a classic thriller, one that ranks among the finest ever filmed and it only is elevated by some magnetic performances from its cast that just make this picture standout even more. The film ranks among Alfred Hitchcock's finest works.

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Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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