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A frightening tale of Satanism and pregnancy that is even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon. Read critic reviews

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A young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet (Sidney Blackmer, Ruth Gordon). When Rosemary becomes pregnant she becomes increasingly isolated, and the diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth.

Cast & Crew

Mia Farrow
Rosemary Woodhouse
John Cassavetes
Guy Woodhouse
Ruth Gordon
Minnie Castevet
Sidney Blackmer
Roman Castevet
Maurice Evans
Edward "Hutch" Hutchins
Ralph Bellamy
Dr. Abe Sapirstein
Patsy Kelly
Laura-Louise McBirney
Charles Grodin
Dr. C.C. Hill
Roman Polanski
Screenwriter
Ira Levin
Writer (Novel)
Dona Holloway
Associate Producer
Christopher Komeda
Original Music
William A. Fraker
Cinematographer
Sam O'Steen
Film Editor
Bob Wyman
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Richard Sylbert
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  • Aug 30, 2017
    A slow-burn movie that will slowly poked the curiosity of its audience and knows how to keep it in touch while throwing a tricky mystery within the characters and between Rosemary's sanity and belief. A very disturbing tale of motherhood every women do not deserve to posses.
    John Ross D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2017
    Rosemary's Baby is the epitome of classic horror. Oh yes, horror thrillers do not come much classier than this. 1968 and yet impressively still feels fresh when watching it for the first time today. It's one of those classic films that I think every film buff or cinephile or average movie fan should watch and I'm sure it's a popular choice when studying the medium of film. The story revolves around a young woman called Rosemary who moves into a new apartment with her husband. She wishes to conceive a baby, but when her obsessive neighbours become involved things start to take a turn into the realm of surrealism. A prime example of this, would be her "dream". She dreamt that she was being raped by Satan and that her neighbours and husband were watching as if it was a ritual. But of course we all know what actually happened (I shan't spoil it). It's a plot of mystery and intrigue. Roman Polanski's intelligent direction and screenplay was quite unique. We all knew what happened to Rosemary and we all knew what the end result was going to be, but we as the audience were interested in how Rosemary unravels the plot herself. This could've been a mystery with several twists and turns, but it's more than that. This was all focussed on her. Mia Farrow was excellent and easily held her own against the rest of the supporting cast. She exhumed innocence, fragility and transformed herself. I was impressed. Ruth Gordon won the Best Supporting actress award, I thought she was good but nothing outstanding. Although, she got that New York accent down to a tee! loved how we never saw what Rosemary's baby looked like, the imagery that is conjured up relies on the audience's imagination and I found that to be powerful. There were a few plot conveniences and I found the pacing to be inconsistent. A scene that oozed intrigue was then followed by a slower scene that seemed to negate everything that was before it. However, this is a solid classic horror film that, I'm sure, will never be forgotten.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2016
    I can see why people rate this as one of the greatest horror classics ever made. Disturbing at times, (and made especially creepy by the theme music) Rosemary's Baby is a very interesting and worrying film. Believable performances especially from Farrow and Gordon, i was pleasantly surprised in the direction this film took.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2015
    In the prime of a sexual revolution and an institutionalized fear of a crumbling of morals, Rosemary's Baby must have been terrifying, exciting and extremely relevant when it came out. It's one of the most bizarre horror films I've ever seen as it meanders between a top-notch soap opera, an art-house piece and an eastern horror film from the silent era. Mia Farrow is sweet and vulnerable as Rosemary and her descent from an up-and-comer into a paranoid young lady, terrified her neighbours are casting spells on her and her unborn baby. Whilst its extremely frightening, the performances and unorthodox direction is what carries the film. Ruth Gordon is mesmerizing.
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