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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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Anne Twomey ...
Leila, Jason's Ex-Wife
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Ilene Thorpe / Ilene's Sister
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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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Robert Forster is featured in another Alfred Hitchcock remake this year: Psycho (1998). See more »

Quotes

Antonio: What you doing here sitting in the dark?
Jason: Spying on my neighbors. I think she's just discovered that her husband's go an online girlfriend. Now she's really reading him the riot act.
Antonio: Serious melodrama.
Jason: I'm telling you.
Antonio: I'm gonna have to try and fix you up one of those personal surveillance devices. Get you that all-important bird's-eye view.
Jason: Would that make me a bona fide, no-two-ways-about-it peeping tom?
Antonio: Definitely.
Jason: Go for it!
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Referenced in Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve (2006) See more »

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Another needless remake.
26 June 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

So many films have been remade in recent years, and I'm always fascinated as to why. The only justifiable reason that I can see for remaking a film, is if the original had potential, but was in the hands of the wrong director. In the case of 'Rear Window', Alfred Hitchcock's original version was close to perfection. That being the case, why did anyone feel a need to remake it? While sticking to the basic storyline of a man confined to his apartment and becoming suspicious that a neighbour has murdered his wife, there are a few changes. Christopher Reeve plays the lead character, who is not a photographer but an architect, and has been pompously renamed Jason Kemp. Also the lead female role, played by Daryl Hannah, is not his girlfriend (to begin with) but his colleague. And there are some other differences here and there, such as the lack of exploration into the complexities of relationships, and the fact that Jason Kemp has two medical assistants on call 24 hours instead of an insurance nurse that visits daily. I suppose the makers deviated in these areas so that the film would not look like an exact copy of the original, but these differences do very little, and in some cases let the film down.

For a thriller, this film hardly manages to mildly scare. Jeff Bleckner's direction does not labour on key points in the film long enough to generate much tension, nor is there much atmosphere. The film's soundtrack also does not help matters. The best part of the film is Christopher Reeve, who does stand out from a cast with little substance. Thelma Ritter's character of an insurance nurse in Alfred Hitchcock's version, has more spark than the two medical assistants in this film put together. Then again, that may be largely due to the relatively shallow script that the actors have to work with.

That being said, this was a very needless remake. Not all of Alfred Hitchcock's films were classics, but when it comes to his best films, I don't believe it's possible to improve on them. Apart from this attempt, 'Psycho' has been remade, as well as multiple remakes of 'The 39 Steps'. Let's hope it stops there.


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