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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry (as Angela Dorian)
Mr. Nicklas (as Elisha Cook)
Dr. Hill
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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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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Did You Know?


This film, along with Repulsion (1965) and The Tenant (1976), forms a loose trilogy by Roman Polanski about the horrors of apartment/city dwelling. See more »


When Rosemary is waiting to see Dr. Saperstein in the waiting room (right before she walks out in a rush), she is wearing red lipstick. Moments later, she walks to the phone booth and she is wearing light pink lipstick. See more »


Edward "Hutch" Hutchins: Pregnant women are supposed to gain, not lose weight!
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Referenced in Bewitched: Samantha's Shopping Spree (1969) See more »


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Rosemary's Fight
2 March 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Polanski successfully sets the tone right from the beginning as the strange and somewhat scary lullaby plays as the opening credits appear. In the background we see Rosemary's neighborhood while the focus is on her window. This tone is maintained throughout the entire film. The film is quite well executed. Polanski creates a gloomy, isolated and chilling mood. 'Rosemary's Baby' is a horror film but unlike most movies of this genre, this one is very subtle and is more dependent on the atmosphere rather than the 'horror creatures'. It is only in the excellently executed nightmare sequence, which is comprised of fragments of scenes, that one witnesses something 'out of the ordinary'. I was initially dissatisfied by the ending but after some thought, I couldn't think of a better more effective conclusion. The ending itself is so spine-chilling and makes the movie experience more horrifying. The haunting lullaby replays in the end capturing that moment of horror like a photographic memory. The cast does a fine job though clearly this is Farrow's film. Mia Farrow is spellbinding. The way she captures Rosemary's kindness, agony, anguish, fragility and courage is noteworthy. She is simply amazing to watch. I can understand why it is still so popular after 40 years. There has been hardly anything else like it.

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