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Rosemary's Baby -- The story of a loving young New York City couple who are expecting their first child. Like most first-time mothers, Rosemary (Mia Farrow) experiences confusion and fear. Her husband (John Cassavetes), an ambitious but unsuccessful actor, makes a pact with the devil that promises to send his career skyward.
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Director:
Writers:
Ira Levin (novel)
Roman Polanski (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 June 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Pray for Rosemary's Baby
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 12 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the ultimate horror classics See more (437 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mia Farrow ... Rosemary Woodhouse

John Cassavetes ... Guy Woodhouse

Ruth Gordon ... Minnie Castevet

Sidney Blackmer ... Roman Castevet

Maurice Evans ... Hutch

Ralph Bellamy ... Dr. Sapirstein

Victoria Vetri ... Terry (as Angela Dorian)

Patsy Kelly ... Laura-Louise

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mr. Nicklas (as Elisha Cook)

Emmaline Henry ... Elise Dunstan

Charles Grodin ... Dr. Hill
Hanna Landy ... Grace Cardiff

Phil Leeds ... Dr. Shand (as Philip Leeds)
D'Urville Martin ... Diego

Hope Summers ... Mrs. Gilmore

Marianne Gordon ... Rosemary's Girl Friend

Wende Wagner ... Rosemary's Girl Friend (as Wendy Wagner)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toby Adler ... Lady on Yacht (uncredited)
Bill Baldwin ... Salesman (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Mr. Wees (uncredited)

Roy Barcroft ... Sun-Browned Man (uncredited)
Charlotte Boerner ... Mrs. Fountain (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Babysitter (voice) (uncredited)
Yvonne Bouvier ... Woman in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Carol Brewster ... Claudia Comfort (uncredited)
Lynn Brinker ... Sister Veronica (uncredited)
Sebastian Brook ... Argyron Stavropoulos (uncredited)

William Castle ... Man by Pay Phone (uncredited)
Florence Clayton ... Woman in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Gordon Connell ... Allen Stone - Guy's Agent (uncredited)
Patricia Ann Conway ... Mrs. John F. Kennedy (uncredited)
Pearl S. Cooper ... Woman in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Fritzi Jane Courtney ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Mason (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ... Woman in Dream Sequence (uncredited)

Tony Curtis ... Donald Baumgart (voice) (uncredited)
Joyce Davis ... Dee Bertillon (uncredited)
Paul Denton ... Skipper (uncredited)
Charles Drubin ... Man in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Man (uncredited)
Janet Garland ... Nurse (uncredited)
Michel Gomez ... Pedro (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. ... Man in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Ann Graeff ... Woman in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
John Halloran ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Ernest Harada ... Young Japanese Man (uncredited)
Marilyn Harvey ... Dr. Sapirstein's Receptionist (uncredited)
Jean Inness ... Sister Agnes (uncredited)
Al Jepson ... Man in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Ray Johnson ... Man in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Irene Kelly ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Jack Knight ... Investigating patrolman (uncredited)
Mona Knox ... Mrs. Byron (uncredited)
Michael Larrain ... Ted Wendell (uncredited)
Louise Lawson ... Portia Haynes (uncredited)

Craig Littler ... Jimmy (uncredited)
Kenneth Luber ... Man at Party (uncredited)
Lorna Luce ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Donna Mantoan ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Natalie Masters ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Elmer Modling ... Young Man (uncredited)
Floyd Mutrux ... Man at Party (uncredited)
Geoffrey Norman ... Mike (uncredited)

Patricia O'Neal ... Mrs. Wees (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Mr. Fountain (uncredited)
Josh Peine ... Man at Party (uncredited)
Gale Peters ... Rain Morgan (uncredited)
Benito Prezia ... Renato (uncredited)
Jack Ramage ... Patron (uncredited)
Joan T. Reilly ... Pregnant Woman (uncredited)

George R. Robertson ... Lou Comfort (uncredited)
William Roderick ... Scott (uncredited)

George Savalas ... Workman (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Mrs. Sabatini (uncredited)
Naga Seversen ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Michael Shillo ... Pope (uncredited)
Bruno Sidar ... Mr. Gilmore (uncredited)
Tom Signorelli ... Man at the Party (uncredited)
Michael Stark ... Man at Party (uncredited)
Cathy Steele ... Lady on Yacht (uncredited)
Al Szathmary ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Clay Tanner ... Devil (uncredited)
Viki Vigen ... Lisa (uncredited)
Eleanore Vogel ... Woman in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Man in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Robert Whaley ... Uncle Mike (uncredited)
Frank White ... Hugh Dunstan (uncredited)
Adele Wynn ... Carole Wendell (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Polanski 
 
Writing credits
Ira Levin (novel)

Roman Polanski (screenplay)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Krzysztof Komeda  (as Christopher Komeda)
 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography) (as William Fraker)
 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
Bob Wyman 
 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Art Direction by
Joel Schiller 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Nelson 
 
Costume Design by
Anthea Sylbert 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator: Miss Farrow
Vidal Sassoon .... hair styles creator: Miss Farrow
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist
Sherry Wilson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
William Davidson .... unit production manager (as William C. Davidson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (as Daniel J. McCauley)
Gene Marum .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Clem Hall .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Paolo Rocco Innamorato .... first assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
 
Stunts
Roger Creed .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Birtles .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael P. Joyce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hawk Koch .... dialogue coach (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Luanna S. Poole .... script continuity
Rutanya Alda .... stand-in (stand-in/photo-double: Mia Farrow) (uncredited)
Robert Evans .... developer (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Stephen Frankfurt .... title designer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
136 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | India:A | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (2001) | USA:R | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #21674) (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:R (re-rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
There is a heatedly disputed rumor that Sharon Tate appears unbilled at the party Rosemary gives for her "young" friends.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Rosemary doesn't lock her apartment door behind her on her way to Dr. Sapirstein, but it is locked when she is racing against time to get inside before Guy and Sapirstein catch up with her.See more »
Quotes:
[First lines]
Guy Woodhouse:Are you a doctor?
Guy Woodhouse:Yes. Yes.
Rosemary Woodhouse:He's an actor.
Mr. Nicklas:Oh,an actor. We're very popular with actors. Have I, uh, seen you in anything?
Guy Woodhouse:Well,let's see, I-I did "Hamlet" a while back, didn't I, Liz? And then we did "The, uh, The Sandpiper" and then...
Rosemary Woodhouse:He's joking. He was in "Luther" and "Nobody Loves an Albatross" and a lot of television plays and commercials.
Mr. Nicklas:Well, that's where the money is, isn't it? Commercials.
Guy Woodhouse:And the artistic thrills, too!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "NCIS: Murder 2.0 (#6.6)" (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
LullabySee more »

FAQ

Did Terry commit suicide or was she murdered by the coven?
Do we get to see the baby?
Is that a real Time Magazine cover?
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141 out of 164 people found the following review useful.
One of the ultimate horror classics, 2 May 2001
Author: Vince-5 from northeastern PA

Every bit of acclaim that Rosemary's Baby has earned is totally deserved. The Dakota, located at 72nd and Central Park West, is the perfect setting for the demonic events; all that rich Gothic detail in the heart of Manhattan provides the perfect atmosphere, serving as a dark fairy-tale world of its own within the modern setting. Roman Polanski knows this and utilizes it brilliantly, opening the film with stunning aerial shots of the skyline and focusing in on the ornate castle amongst the skyscrapers and tenements.

The acting is fantastic, particularly Mia Farrow, who is the only person I can envision as Rosemary. Her fine-boned fragility makes her the ideal target for terror. She goes from obliviousness to suspicion to fear to near madness without showing a seam, and we as the audience are with her all the way. And Mia is given a run for her money by the delightful Ruth Gordon, a comical yet sinister presence popping in on a deliberate schedule with pale green drinks and sandpapery advice. She's scary because we know her--a batty old broad with a seemingly sweet nature beneath her caustic surface. That such a person could possibly be a vessel of evil is a thoroughly unnerving concept.

Unnerving is the proper adjective for the entire movie. Unnerving, eerie, and penetratingly frightening in a very subtle manner. The subtlety is key, since a more explicit treatment would've spoiled everything. As the tension heightens, we feel what Rosemary feels: Curiosity, then vague suspicion, then paralyzing terror at the final revelation. At all times, the movie retains its dignity, from the opening and closing shots of the building to the flourishing title script to the beautiful music. Even on TV, this picture can chill you to the bone. The best big-budget horror movie of all time.

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