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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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Director:
Writers:
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Cornell Woolrich (based on the short story by)
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Release Date:
29 January 1955 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Essential Hitchcock See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Deep & Entertaining Classic See more (613 total) »

Cast

  (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 (edited by)
 
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)
 
Stunts
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 .... color consultant: Technicolor
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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Runtime:
112 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (negative) | Color (Technicolor) (prints)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (1983) | Canada:G (Quebec) (1983) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-8 | France:U (2000 re-release) | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:AL | 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 (PCA #16938) | USA:Approved (PCA #27069: 1998 restoration) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1983) (cerfiticate no. 27069) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating) (1980s)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Grace Kelly may have been a bit too beautiful and friendly, at least for the Paramount publicity department and James Stewart's wife. Known privately as a sexually free young woman, Kelly often had affairs with her leading men and she made everyone nervous by confessing to gossip columnists that she found Stewart one of the most masculinely attractive men she ever met.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of Jeff's first massage, Stella places the bottle with the green liquid on the side table without replacing the cap. As Stella is packing to leave, the bottle is capped as she places it in her bag.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Martha, oder Der Markt zu RichmondSee more »

FAQ

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106 out of 139 people found the following review useful.
A Deep & Entertaining Classic, 20 June 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

One of Hitchcock's greatest masterpieces, "Rear Window" is a deep and entertaining classic with many strengths, and a little bit of everything. A fine suspense story is combined with romantic tension in the main plot, and there are numerous sub-plots, some humorous and some moving, all with many psychological overtones. The main characters are wonderfully portrayed and full of life. The apparently simple setting in an apartment complex is developed into a world filled with intriguing and sometimes unsettling possibilities, and this apparently average neighborhood comes to life with a wealth of lavish visual detail and interesting minor characters. It is the kind of film-making that (like many of Hitchcock's greatest movies) is very flattering to the viewer. The director assumes that his audience will pay close enough attention to appreciate the many subtleties with which he has filled the movie. It rewards both careful attention and repeated viewings, since there is much more here than merely a suspense plot, as good as that story is in itself.

For the first 30 minutes or so, we simply get to know the characters. Jimmy Stewart gives one of his best performances as a photographer recuperating from an injury, forced to spend several weeks staring out his apartment window at the minor dramas in the lives of his neighbors. Grace Kelly is ideal in the role of his perfect girlfriend, who can never find a way to break down Stewart's reserve. The study of their relationship would have made a good movie by itself. Almost every action and every word between them is filled with meaning, and what they see in the lives of others is an interesting reflection of the tensions and possibilities in their own present and future. Thelma Ritter is wonderful as a colorful, no-nonsense nurse who constantly sheds some light - sometimes unwanted - on what is happening between them. The action and suspense that occur later serves in large part as a catalyst that resolves some of the important issues between the two.

After we get to know the characters and their world, things start to happen, as Stewart becomes engrossed in some of the things he has seen. The ethical and moral concerns of meddling in others' affairs become intertwined with more urgent questions about what may have happened in those other apartments, and from then on the tension builds steadily. It leads up to a riveting climactic sequence filled with suspense, and made even more meaningful by our awareness of its deeper significance to the main characters.

There is much more that could be said, but you should see this for yourself. It is a classic that will be enjoyed not only by thriller fans, but by anyone who appreciates carefully crafted movies with a lot of depth.

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