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Rear Window (1954)

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A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.



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Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate. Written by Col Needham <>

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Release Date:

1954 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,172 (USA) (21 January 2000)


$24,500,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(Eastmancolor) (negative)| (Technicolor) (prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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To accommodate the enormous set, a higher ceiling was required. Alfred Hitchcock had the production company tear out the entire floor of the studio, revealing the basement. What the audience sees as the courtyard was originally the basement level of the studio. See more »


When Jeff grabs the box of flashbulbs, all four can be seen in the box. But when he backs up more, there are only two left. See more »


[first lines]
Voice on radio: Men, are you over 40? When you wake up in the morning, do you feel tired and rundown? Do you have that listless feeling...
[the camera pans around the courtyard; cut to later in the day]
Jeff: [answering phone] Jefferies.
L.B. Jefferies' Editor: Congratulations, Jeff!
Jeff: For what?
L.B. Jefferies' Editor: For getting rid of that cast!
Jeff: Who said I was getting rid of it?
L.B. Jefferies' Editor: This is Wednesday; seven weeks from the day you broke your leg. Yes or no?
Jeff: Gunnison, how did you ever get to be such a big editor with such a small memory?
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Referenced in Monitor: Huw Wheldon Meets Alfred Hitchcock (1964) See more »


Instrumental excerpt from 'Red Garters'
(1954) (uncredited)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Tremendous thriller. Classic Hitchcock.
18 June 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

In '54, I was seven years old and this is one of the first 'grown up' movies I remember seeing. I have seen it at least ten times since and realize seeing something different each time.

James Stewart is a photographer in a wheelchair recovering from an accident. He passes the time by watching his neighbors out his apartment window. He thinks that he witnessed a murder and has trouble convincing his girlfriend, Grace Kelly, to help prove a crime was committed.

Three scenes that always stuck with me:(1) Stewart fighting off his attacker with flashbulbs (2) the smoldering kiss (3) the glowing cigarette in the dark apartment.

Every bit a classic. I think this is THE BEST Hitchcock movie. No offense intended toward PSYCHO, but this movie has the more human aspects of fear and terror. This super cast includes Raymond Burr, Thelma Ritter and Wendell Corey.

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