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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

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A young couple moves in to 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.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), Roman Polanski (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Hertelendy ... Grace Cardiff (as Hanna Landy)
Phil Leeds ... Dr. Shand (as Philip Leeds)
D'Urville Martin ... Diego
Hope Summers ... Mrs. Gilmore
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Storyline

Desirous of starting a family, the young Catholic housewife, Rosemary Woodhouse, and her struggling actor husband, Guy, move into the Bramford, New York's iconic building which brims with unpleasant stories of obscure dwellers and ghastly occurrences. Before long, the young couple is befriended by their elderly and somehow eccentric next-door neighbours, Roman and Minnie Castevet--and shortly after--Rosemary unexpectedly gets pregnant. However, little by little, as the inexperienced mother becomes systematically cut off from her circle and friends, alarming hints of a well-planned and sinister conspiracy will begin to emerge, enfolding Rosemary in a shroud of suspicion and mental agony. In the end, why is everyone so conveniently eager to help; furthermore, why is Guy allowing it? Written by Nick Riganas

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Pray for Rosemary's Baby. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosemary's Baby See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,395,426, 31 December 1969
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Roman Polanski suggested Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne for Roman and Minnie Castavet. See more »

Goofs

During the dinner scene at the Castevets' apartment, Minnie hands Guy a slice of cake with her right hand while licking icing off her left index finger; in the next shot her left hand is offering Guy the cake. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Roman Castevet: Rock him.
Rosemary Woodhouse: You're trying to get me to be his mother.
Roman Castevet: Aren't you his mother?
[She starts to hum a lullaby]
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Alternate Versions

The film originally proved problematic for the UK censors and the rape scene was toned down by the BBFC for the cinema release with edits made to remove dialogue and shots of Rosemary's legs being bound. All later UK video releases featured the uncut print. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Remake (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
(uncredited)
Composed by Krzysztof Komeda
Sung by Mia Farrow
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User Reviews

 
A Veneer Of Normalcy
25 November 2007 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

It starts off like one of those 1950's Doris Day movies. Young, idealistic Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and new hubby Guy (John Cassavetes) move into a Manhattan apartment building called the "Bramford". Throughout most of the film we, as viewers, see and hear what innocent Rosemary sees and hears. There's a veneer of normalcy at the Bramford that belies what's really going on, behind our backs. It's the script's POV, therefore, that makes this film so chilling.

At the Bramford, which has quite a colorful history, you can hear through the walls. And, as Rosemary and we viewers soon find out, strange people lurk in other parts of the building. The strangest of all are Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon), superficially cordial, but a bit too inquisitive. Roman is retired. His wife, Minnie, wears tons of makeup and pawnshop jewelry, and gushes with praise for herbal cures, especially something called tannis-root. And Minnie's friend Laura-Louise (Patsy Kelly) wears thick glasses that make her eyes seem to bulge, and she talks with a strangely deep voice.

"Rosemary's Baby" is one of the great thrillers of all time. Given the underlying subject matter, can you imagine how this film must have come across to viewers in 1968? The strength of the film is the script, which through its plot and dialogue implies and suggests. Not until near the end do we, like Rosemary, find out the presumed truth. Suspense increases toward the end as Rosemary ventures into the inner sanctum of the Bramford.

The film's acting is great, and reinforces the strong script. I particularly liked Ruth Gordon, with her delightfully eccentric behavior and mannerisms. Production design and especially costumes are lavish and colorful. Clothes and hairstyles, as you would expect, are very 1960ish. Visual effects are minimal, and are used to enhance the story, not be the story.

Given the film's POV, the story is rather subjective. Its interpretation is based on Rosemary's perceptions, images, and fears. One could explain that Rosemary suffers from delusions. Or, alternately, one could explain that what happens is real. It's all in the interpretation. Either way, it's a great movie. It holds up well, forty years later, a tribute to its writer and director, Roman Polanski.


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