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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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Well of course when you've got nothing better to do with a broken leg you will accuse your neighbor of murder! See more (616 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 ... Songwriter's Clock-winder (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: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?

Director Trademark: [Alfred Hitchcock](cameo) Hitchcock appears in the musician's apartment resetting a clock.See more »
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 »
[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.
Jeff's Editor:Congratulations, Jeff!
Jeff:For what?
Jeff's Editor:For getting rid of that cast!
Jeff:Who said I was getting rid of it?
Jeff's 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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179 out of 238 people found the following review useful.
Well of course when you've got nothing better to do with a broken leg you will accuse your neighbor of murder!, 3 December 2005
Author: Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois

Finally, I watched "Rear Window" by famous Alfred Hitchcock. First off, I saw this movie on the top 250, and it's #14 on top of that! I mean, it's gotta be great or a classic, right? Also, I'm a fan of the Simpsons, and I got the 6th season where Bart breaks his leg and has to watch the kids outside and accuses Flanders of murdering his wife, Maude. I watched it with commentary and the writers said this was taken from the movie "Rear Window", I had to see this movie! I know it sounds silly that I was more inspired by a show, but it's a good reference if it's from The Simpsons.

"Rear Window" is an excellent movie and a great classic that should never be forgotten! After 51 years, this is still a well talked about movie and I can see why. Jimmy Stewart, he's just so great as L.B., I loved his madness and his dark comical role. He doesn't even try, but you can't help but laugh at a lot of his lines, the way he looks, and the way he presents every scene. He didn't have a lot of movement, he is confined to a wheel chair, but he is so effective and perfect. No one could have replaced him as L.B., he's a terrific actor! Grace Kelly, what a beauty! Beauty and talent, what a great combination and she had it. Playing Liza, I loved her character so much. She started out as this extremely feminine lovely woman who is struggling with L.B., because he is having doubts about marrying her, and you can tell she loves him so much and is willing to do anything for him and to make their lives work, despite his adventurous side as a photographer and her being an indoor kitten. When L.B. talks of the murder to Liza, she is doubtful but never dismisses that it could be a possibility, and stays with him into the end. She finally goes into danger and grabs it by the you know what and wins L.B.'s heart.

I loved the ending, to me it was just one more good laugh with L.B. and Liza. I won't tell, you'll just have to trust me, it was a brilliant way to breath and smile again after all the suspense and drama. "Rear Window" is a true classic and I'm extremely grateful to the reviewers of IMDb who saw this movie and gave it great reviews, and the writers of The Simpsons! If it were not for you guys, I nor other members of my generation would probably not view it! Let's keep this classic alive!


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