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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | | Drama, Horror | 12 June 1968 (USA)
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A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry (as Angela Dorian)
Mr. Nicklas (as Elisha Cook)
Dr. Hill
Hanna Hertelendy ...
Grace Cardiff (as Hanna Landy)
Dr. Shand (as Philip Leeds)
D'Urville Martin ...


Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into an apartment in an opulent but gothic building in Manhattan. Their landlord Edward "Hutch" Hutchins attempts to dissuade them from doing so: the building has an unsavory history. They discover that their neighbors are a very friendly elderly couple named Roman and Minnie Castevet, and Guy begins to spend a great deal of time with them. Strange things begin to happen: a young woman Rosemary meets in the laundry commits suicide, Rosemary has strange dreams and hears strange noises and Guy becomes remote and distant. Then Rosemary falls pregnant and begins to suspect that her neighbors have special plans for her child. Written by Goth <brooks@odie.ee.wits.ac.za>

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Pray for Rosemary's Baby


Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

12 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El bebé de Rosemary  »

Box Office


$2,300,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Towards the ending of Ira Levin's novel Roman and Rosemary argue about what the baby's name will be. He insists it should be Adrian Steven Castavet, she insists it should be Andrew Woodhouse. They argue and eventually Minnie sides with Rosemary. She and the rest of the coven then stand around Rosemary shouting "Hail Rosemary! Mother of Andrew! Hail Rosemary! Mother of Satan!" while Rosemary makes baby talk and plays with Andrew/Adrian in his crib. All of this was cut out of the movie. See more »


The doctor tells Rosemary June 28th is the day of her expected delivery, NOT the date for her next appointment. She found out she was pregnant at the end of October, and the doctor wanted Rosemary to come in the next week for the blood sample, hence why blood is written on the calendar in November. See more »


Roman Castevet: [Terry is dead on the street] I knew this would happen. I kept telling my wife that she would kill herself, but she pooh pooh'd me.
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Polanski's Baby
13 March 2004 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

When people talk about perfect films I don't actually know what they mean. Perfect for whom? Perfect compared to what? I think that perfection is in the brain and heart of the beholder. "Rosemary's baby" is a perfect film to me. Scary in a way that makes you breathless. You're thinking and feeling throughout the film. One of the many sides of Polanski's genius is to suggest. And what he suggest is so monstrous that we don't want to believe it, but we do. The characters are so perfectly drawn that there is no cheating involved. John Cassavettes's superb study in selfishness and egomaniacal frustration is so real that comes to no surprise that he could do what he does to advance his career, but we are surprised, we're horrified. The spectacular Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer are not Deborah Kerr and David Niven, are they? So that they turn out to be what they turn out to be is totally believable, but Polanski presents it in such a light of normality that you can't believe it. Mia Farrow's predicament is as classic as the boy who cried wolf tale and yet, as told by Roman Polanski in the wonderful face of Mia Farrow, is as if we're hearing it, seeing it and living it for the first time. Every silence, every voice in the distance, every door opening. Your heart is always in your throat. There is something there that accelerates a constant state of dread. Very few movies have been able to take me to that place, most of them by Roman Polanski, what about "The Tenant" or "Repulsion"? Other movies that come to mind: David Lynch's "Eraserhead" and Martin Donovan's "Apartment Zero" But "Rosemary's baby" stands alone as a terrifying masterpiece.

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