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Rear Window (1998)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 22 November 1998
Modern remake of Rear Window in which the lead character is paralyzed and lives in a high-tech home filled with assistive technology.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Kemp
Claudia Henderson
Detective Charlie Moore
Antonio Fredericks
Anne Twomey ...
Leila, Jason's Ex-Wife
Julian Thorpe
Ilene Thorpe / Ilene's Sister
Alison Rothman
Julie Baker ...
Luscious Woman
Professional Woman
Professional Man
Max Chalawsky ...
Marc Holzman ...
Gay Man
Gay Mate


A recently paralyzed architect, Jason Kemp, believes he has witnessed a murder from his apartment window. Jason's colleague, Claudia, quickly becomes his partner in trying to solve the mysterious puzzle that lies in the apartment across the way. The more-than-patient detective, Moore, grudgingly responds to their repeated calls and accusations, but believes Jason's imagination is getting the best of him. Determined to uncover the truth, Jason continues to dig deeper - eventually finding himself locked in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Written by Paul Klenk <paulklenk@rocketmail.com>

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22 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Fenêtre sur cour  »

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Christopher Reeve initially turned down the lead because he found Eric Ellis Overmyer's script to be too melodramatic and not medically accurate pertaining to his post-accident condition. Overmyer rewrote the screenplay, using Reeve's autobiography "Still Me" as a reference and this met with the star's approval. See more »


Claudia: [looking through the camera at the Thorpes' apartment] She didn't leave him.
Jason: How can you be so sure?
Claudia: Well, her jewelry box and her perfume are still on the dresser. She might leave her husband, but she's not gonna leave her jewelry.
Jason: That's my point, something must have happened to her.
Claudia: Jason, she probably spent the day at a bar or at her sister's or her mother's trying to get up the courage to come home. She's gonna come home, she'll be remorseful, they'll be all lovey-dovey for a few days and ...
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Referenced in Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve (2006) See more »

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A wan, earnest re-make of a classic thriller
22 November 1998 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

The best thing I can say for this film is that it enhances our appreciation of Alfred Hitchcock. His 1954 original has roughly the same running time, but it has so much more going on: A dozen recurring minor characters give texture to the script and complications to the plot. The plot itself involves far more twists, turns, and red herrings, plus twice as many confrontations between the heroine and the villain. The romantic relationship is far steamier, and the climactic scene is utterly original and totally terrifying.

In this new version, the mystery story has been "streamlined" to allow more time for techno razzle-dazzle and detailed presentation of the challenges faced by the disabled every day. The cause is worthy, but the shotgun marriage of movie-of-the-week message with murder-mystery drama serves neither facet of the film very well.

There are a few effective scenes, and the actors make the most of the feeble script. Christopher Reeves may be paralyzed from the neck down, but he knows how to use his handsome, highly expressive face and voice. You won't forget Jimmy Stewart, but you do get involved with Reeves' character. Reuben Santiago-Hudson is delightful in the Thelma Ritter role, and Robert Forster is fine as the hard-bitten cop. Darryl Hannah, alas, does little with less; a star willing to take on a Grace Kelley role deserves more support from her producers!

If you'd like to support people with spinal cord injuries and see a good thriller, write a check to Christopher Reeves' foundation, then rent Hitch's masterpiece.

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