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Rear Window -- Directed by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window is an edge-of-your-seat classic starring two of Hollywood's most popular stars. When a professional photographer (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard.


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John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Cornell Woolrich (based on the short story by)
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Release Date:
1954 (UK) See more »
The Essential Hitchcock See more »
A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Tremendous thriller. Classic Hitchcock. See more (614 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... L.B. 'Jeff' Jefferies

Grace Kelly ... Lisa Carol Fremont

Wendell Corey ... Det. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle

Thelma Ritter ... Stella

Raymond Burr ... Lars Thorwald
Judith Evelyn ... Miss Lonelyhearts
Ross Bagdasarian ... Songwriter
Georgine Darcy ... Miss Torso
Sara Berner ... Woman on Fire Escape

Frank Cady ... Man on Fire Escape
Jesslyn Fax ... Miss Hearing Aid
Rand Harper ... Newlywed
Irene Winston ... Mrs. Emma Thorwald
Havis Davenport ... Newlywed
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Antes ... Dancer with Miss Torso (uncredited)
Barbara Bailey ... Choreographer with Miss Torso (uncredited)
Benny Bartlett ... Man with Miss Torso (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Sunbather (uncredited)
Iphigenie Castiglioni ... Woman with Bird (uncredited)
James Cornell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Don Dunning ... Detective (uncredited)

Marla English ... Girl at Songwriter's Party (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Songwriter's Party Guest with Poodle (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Detective (uncredited)

Kathryn Grant ... Girl at Songwriter's Party (uncredited)
Charles Harvey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Policeman (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Clock-Winder in Songwriter's Apartment (uncredited)
Harry Landers ... Man with Miss Lonelyhearts (uncredited)
Alan Lee ... Newlyweds' Landlord (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jonni Paris ... Sunbather (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Detective (uncredited)
Robert Sherman ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Dick Simmons ... Man with Miss Torso (uncredited)
Ralph Smiley ... Carl (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Ice Man (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Detective (uncredited)

Gig Young ... Jeff's Editor (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)

Cornell Woolrich (based on the short story by)

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (music score)
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Tomasini 
Art Direction by
J. McMillan Johnson  (as Joseph MacMillan Johnson)
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
C.O. Erickson .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert Coleman .... assistant director
Lloyd Allen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Howard Beals .... sound editor (uncredited)
Loren L. Ryder .... sound recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Irmin Roberts .... special visual effects (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunt detective (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Fraker .... still photographer (uncredited)
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
William Schurr .... camera operator (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Bob Landry .... technical advisor
Richard Mueller .... Technicolor color consultant
Irene Ives .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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112 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (negative) | Color (Technicolor) (prints)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Argentina:14 (re-rating) (1983) (PCA #27069) | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (1983) | Canada:G (Quebec) (1983) | Finland:K-8 | France:U (2000 re-release) | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1984) | Sweden:15 (original rating) (1955) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: additional material, audio commentary) (2012) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2001) | UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (1983) (2000) (2012) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16938) | USA:Approved (PCA #27069: 1998 restoration) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating) (1980s)

Did You Know?

The only film in which Grace Kelly is seen with a cigarette. She refused to smoke in films, except this once.See more »
Continuity: When Lisa is talking to Jeff about his photography work, at one point both hands are holding her wine glass, but in the next shot, only her right hand is holding the glass.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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Movie Connections:
Mona LisaSee more »


What happened to Miss Lonelyhearts in the end?
What is 'Rear Window' about?
In addition to Miss Lonelyhearts, what happens to the other neighbors?
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50 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Tremendous thriller. Classic Hitchcock., 18 June 2000
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

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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