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Rope (1948)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  28 August 1948 (USA)
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Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.



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Complete credited cast:
Dick Hogan ...
His friend - Brandon
His friend - Philip
Edith Evanson ...
Their housekeeper - Mrs. Wilson
David's rival - Kenneth
Joan Chandler ...
David's girl - Janet
His father - Mr. Kentley (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)


Brandon and Philip are two young men who share a New York apartment. They consider themselves intellectually superior to their friend David Kentley and as a consequence decide to murder him. Together they strangle David with a rope and placing the body in an old chest, they proceed to hold a small party. The guests include David's father, his fiancée Janet and their old schoolteacher Rupert from whom they mistakenly took their ideas. As Brandon becomes increasingly more daring, Rupert begins to suspect. Written by Col Needham <>

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Release Date:

28 August 1948 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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David's name is mentioned several times throughout the film by most of the characters. They say his name a total of 73 times. The only character to never mention his name is Mrs Wilson. See more »


When Phillip and Brandon put David in the chest, the rope is clearly around David's neck and completely inside the box. But in a few minutes Phillip finds the rope hanging, very far, outside the box. See more »


Rupert Cadell: Did you think you were God, Brandon?
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Most of the characters in the movie are listed in their relation to David, a character who is only seen for a couple of seconds, and has no lines in movie. The only person who isn't listed in reference to David is James Stewart's character. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) See more »


Mouvement perpetuel no. 1
(1919) (uncredited)
Written by Francis Poulenc
Played on the piano
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Fascinating Film; Hardly Gimmicky
12 December 1998 | by (Fort Worth, Texas) – See all my reviews

Rope is one of the finer films that Hitchcock made. Philosophy, sociology and psychology are contained in equal parts. The plot is simple, the characters are complex and Hitchcock's treatment of the Leopold and Loeb parallel quite deft. The final soliloquy from Jimmy Stewart's character, Rupert, is not only one of the finest examples of Stewart's acting abilities but also of film-making.

On the subject of filmmaking - Hitchcock filmed this in as much of a single take as possible. I believe there are only five edits in the whole thing. I can wholeheartedly tell you that it was no gimmick on Hitchcock's part. The play's plot requires that a certain amount of tension be maintained. Tracking shots are used for this purpose and quite well in my opinion. Timing, position and prop movements alone are to force us to stand in awe of a logistical challenge. All the actors are played superbly. The dialogue is natural and flowing. The finest bit of timing involves a swinging kitchen door, the rope, and the fear of discovery.

In short, this is a fine film that cannot disappoint. Highly recommended and will be well worth your time.

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