Rope (1948)




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Movie Info

Loosely inspired by the Leopold-Loeb case, this Alfred Hitchcock film 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.

Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Arthur Laurents, Hume Cronyn, Ben Hecht
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Warner Bros. Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Rope

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014

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.

Full Review… | March 20, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Rope

Alfred Hitchcock has always crafted superb films, his sense of style, the way he mounts the tension, terror and thrills is unmatched by any director that has ever stepped behind the camera. With Rope he crafts a stunning, flawless thriller that is a genre classic and is elevated by stunning performances by its lead actors. Hitchcock's direction is brilliant, and he yet again cements his reputation as one of the finest directors that has ever lived. Rope is a classic picture, one that definitely needs to be seen by genre fans, and it's a film that steadily builds up the tension, in order for the viewer to really get into the story and not turn away. Thrillers like this are hard to tope, and Rope is a flawless picture that ranks as vintage Hitchcock. With James Stewart as a lead, Hitchcock always managed to get the most with each of his performance, and having seen a few of Stewart's performances, Rope stands out, and he delivers a perfect performance, and he was one of the finest actor of the era. Rope is a short film, but it makes the most of it due to its story, which is constantly enthralling and is edge of your seat material. The pacing is effective as well and even if it's a short picture, it gets to the point, and it's very entertaining. Hitchcock was a master, and Rope is one of his finest thrillers. If you're a fan of this genre, then this is a definite must watch. With emphasis on tension, and effective storytelling, Rope is one of the finest thrillers that has ever been committed to film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Awesome, considering the challenges of filming such a script. Really good performances.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Thinly veiled homosexuality and strange editing techniques underscore the off-kilter atmosphere of this Hitchcock gem.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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