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Rope -- Alfred Hitchcock directs James Stewart in this macabre spellbinder about two thrill-seeking friends who strangle a classmate and then hold a party for their victim's family and friends.


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Hume Cronyn (adapted by)
Patrick Hamilton (from the play by)
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Release Date:
28 August 1948 (USA) See more »
The guest who's dead on time See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Brilliant! The most underrated of the Hitchcock/Stewart collaborations is still as fascinating and entertaining as ever. See more (316 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Dick Hogan ... David Kentley

John Dall ... His friend - Brandon

Farley Granger ... His friend - Philip
Edith Evanson ... Their housekeeper - Mrs. Wilson

Douglas Dick ... David's rival - Kenneth
Joan Chandler ... David's girl - Janet

Cedric Hardwicke ... His father - Mr. Kentley (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)

Constance Collier ... His aunt - Mrs. Atwater

James Stewart ... Rupert Cadell
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Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Walking in Street After Opening Credits (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Hume Cronyn (adapted by)

Patrick Hamilton (from the play by)

Arthur Laurents (screenplay)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Sidney Bernstein .... producer (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William V. Skall (director of photography)
Joseph A. Valentine (director of photography) (as Joseph Valentine)
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler 
Art Direction by
Perry Ferguson 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
Emile Kuri 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Agnes Flanagan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ed Voight .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director
Claude Archer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
Joe Trusty .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Al Riggs .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Emmons .... operator of camera movement
Eddie Fitzgerald .... operator of camera movement (as Edward Fitzgerald)
Paul Hill .... operator of camera movement (as Paul G. Hill)
James Potevin .... lighting technician (as Jim Potevin)
Morris Rosen .... operator of camera movement
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Marsh .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... grip (uncredited)
Phil Wagner .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrian .... dress: Miss Chandler's
Marion Dabney .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Lillian House .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Other crew
Robert Brower .... associate Technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Dinsmore Alter .... cloud technical advisor (uncredited)
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Rope" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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80 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:AA (original rating) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 (video rating) | Italy:16+ (re-rating) (1956) | Italy:(Banned) (1949-1956) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (2003) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (cut) (original rating) | Sweden:11 (uncut) (re-release) (1984) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13027) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Considered as Alfred Hitchcock's most controversial film when it was released in 1948. Several American theaters banned it upon release.See more »
Continuity: With a cigarette in his left hand, Brandon makes a quick phone call to the garage man. After he hangs up the phone he has no cigarette.See more »
Rupert Cadell:Did you think you were God, Brandon?See more »
Mouvement perpetuel no. 1See more »


Are there any other movies patterned after the case of Leopold and Loeb?
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114 out of 146 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant! The most underrated of the Hitchcock/Stewart collaborations is still as fascinating and entertaining as ever., 13 July 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Alfred Hitchcock directed so many brilliant movies that the best known ones like 'Rear Window', 'Vertigo', 'Psycho' and 'The Birds' overshadow equally worthy films like 'Shadow Of A Doubt', 'Lifeboat' - insert your personal favourite here - and this one, 'Rope'. It was the first Hitchcock movie to feature James Stewart and it is easily the most underrated of the four movies they made together. I think Stewart was brave for taking this part, which was much darker than the usual characters associated with him, and it's difficult to imagine him being able to play Scottie in 'Vertigo' without having done this movie first. Stewart is excellent in the movie, but equally good are Farley Grainger (who subsequently starred in Hitchcock's 'Strangers On A Train') and John Dall as the thrill killers. Dall gives the best performance in the movie. I'm surprised that after making this and the Noir cult classic 'Gun Crazy' he isn't better known. The technical "gimmick" of 'Rope' is usually mentioned more than anything else about it (Hitchcock wanted one long continuous take, which wasn't possible at the time, but compromised by using several long ones, a very innovative approach at the time), but there is a lot more to it than just that. Considering the strict censorship of the period it was a daring look at homosexuality. The word is never used at any time in the script but a sophisticated audience would have no doubt what was really going on. I've only seen about a third of Hitchcock's output but every movie of his I watch or rewatch makes me marvel at him all the more. The greatest and most influential director of suspense movies was also one of the greatest directors of ANY genre ever. 'Rope' deserves to be mentioned in any list of his ten best movies. 55 years after it was originally released it is as fascinating and entertaining as ever. Highly recommended!

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