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Rear Window -- 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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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:
Our Obsession with Voyeurism See more (596 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 by)
 
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
William Schurr .... camera operator (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... assistant camera (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) | Germany:12 | 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 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
All the apartments in Thorwald's building had electricity and running water, and could be lived in.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (at around 1 hr 11 mins) When Tom Doyle is on the phone to a colleague and before Lisa comes out of the kitchen, the shadow of a camera crew member is visible on wall by the kitchen window.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Instrumental excerpt from 'Red Garters'See more »

FAQ

What is 'Rear Window' about?
What happened to Miss Lonelyhearts in the end?
Where is Hitchcock's cameo in "Rear Window"?
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189 out of 235 people found the following review useful.
Our Obsession with Voyeurism, 8 April 2004
Author: David D Lowery from Chicago

After viewing 'Rear Window' again, I've come to realize that Alfred Hitchcock was not only a great moviemaker but also a great moviewatcher. In the making of 'Rear Window,' he knew exactly what it is about movies that makes them so captivating. It is the illusion of voyeurism that holds our attention just as it held Hitchcock's. The ability to see without being seen has a spellbinding effect. Why else is it so uncommon to have characters in movies look directly into the camera? It just isn't as fun to watch someone when they know you're there. When we watch movies, we are participating in looking into another world and seeing the images of which we have no right to see and listening to the conversations that we should not hear. 'Rear Window' and Powell's 'Peeping Tom' are some of the best movies that aren't afraid to admit this human trait. We are all voyeurs.

When watching 'Rear Window,' it is better to imagine Alfred Hitchcock sitting in that wheelchair rather than Jimmy Stewart. When the camera is using longshots to watch the neighborhood, it is really Hitchcock watching, not Stewart. Hitchcock's love of voyeurism is at the center of this movie, along with his fascination with crime and his adoration of the Madonna ideal.

In many of Hitchcock's movies, 'Rear Window,' 'Vertigo,' 'Psycho,' 'The Birds,' etc, the blonde actresses are objects. Notice how rarely they get close with the male leads. In 'Vertigo,' Stewart's character falls in love with the image of Madeleine; in 'Psycho,' we see the voyeur in Hitchcock peeking out of Norman Bates at Marion; and in 'Rear Window,' Jeff would rather stare out of his window than to hold the beautiful Lisa by his side. For Hitchcock, these women are ideals that should be admired rather than touched.

However, the story of 'Rear Window' isn't about the image of women, as it is in 'Vertigo.' 'Rear Window' focuses more on seduction of crime, not in committing it but in the act of discovering it. At one point in the story, Jeff's friend convinces him that there was no murder, and Jeff is disappointed, not because someone wasn't dead but because he could no longer indulge into his fantasy that someone was. Think how popular crime shows are on television, and noir films at the movies. People do not want to commit crimes; they want to see other people commit them.

'Rear Window' is one of the most retrospective movies I've ever seen. In a span of two hours, it examines some of the most recurrent themes in film. When we watch 'Rear Window,' it is really us watching someone watch someone else. And all the while, Hitchcock is sitting on the balcony and seeing our reaction. It is an act of voyeurism layered on top of itself, and it allows us to examine our own behavior as we are spellbound in Hitchcock's world. The only thing that I feel is missing in the movie is a scene of Jeff using his binoculars and seeing himself in a mirror. Why did Hitchcock leave it out? Maybe because it would have been too obvious what he was doing. Or maybe he was afraid that the audience would see themselves in the reflection of the lens.

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