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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

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A young couple trying for a baby move into a fancy apartment surrounded by peculiar neighbors.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Ira Levin (from the novel by), Roman Polanski (written for the screen)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Landy ... Grace Cardiff
Phil Leeds ... Dr. Shand (as Philip Leeds)
D'Urville Martin ... Diego
Hope Summers ... Mrs. Gilmore
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Desirous of starting a family, the young Catholic housewife Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford: an iconic New York's building that brims with unpleasant stories of obscure dwellers and ghastly occurrences. Before long, the young couple is befriended by their somehow eccentric next-door neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet and, shortly after, Rosemary gets pregnant. However, little by little--as the inexperienced mother becomes systematically cut off from her circle and friends--alarming hints of a sinister and well-planned conspiracy begin to emerge, enfolding the timid 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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Drama | Horror

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Coincidentally, for most of her life as a child, raised by her show-business parents Maureen O'Sullivan and John Farrow, and then through most of her own adult- and parenthood, Mia Farrow lived in The Langham apartment building, right across the street from Manhattan's legendary Dakota facing Central Park, used here as the exterior site and exemplar of the film's "Bamford." And during the years when Farrow was involved with Woody Allen, her longtime apartment was used as the location for many scenes on Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986). See more »

Goofs

At the funeral, one of the limousines is a 1968 though the movie is set in 1966. See more »

Quotes

Rosemary Woodhouse: [crying] I *won't* have an abortion!
Joan Jellico, Rosemary's Girlfriend: But nobody's telling you to have an abortion!
Elise Dunstan: Rosie, a pain like that is a clear sign that something is not right. We just want you to get another opinion, see someone else, that's all.
Tiger, Rosemary's girlfriend: Yeah, some doctor besides that... that... *nut*!
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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 »

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Für Elise
by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Reassuring to fine it's every bit as good as its staunchest champions would have you believe
21 April 2001 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

Why aren't the horror directors of today as careful with their scripts as Polanski was? Not that this is really horror. Horror as we know it came into being with the slasher flicks of the late 1970s and early 1980s; "Rosemary's Baby" is rather the kind of thing that the term "dark fantasy" was coined to describe, by people of taste who noticed that the word "horror" promised audiences something distinctly unpleasant and nasty.

The film's construction is marvellous. Things start slow - one beat, so to speak, to a bar - and gradually pick up speed so that by the end we are nervously tapping out semiquavers with our feet. Polanski also understands the gentle art of hint-dropping. Many events are filed away as tiny puzzles to be solved later, and they ARE solved later; others we don't attach any particular significance to at the time Polanski invites us to re-interpret in retrospect, AND chooses the right moment to let us do so. And then, at the end, AFTER we've worked everything out, he presents us with a surprise - a delightful, gratuitous twist which nothing had prepared us for, which we couldn't have guessed, yet which doesn't cancel out the story as we'd understood it. (Alas, many people know what this surprise is in advance. I, for one. Yet this foreknowledge did nothing to spoil my enjoyment: a sure sign of superb construction.)

All in all, a film that tempts you to rank it with the best ever made - which is more, but not much more, than it deserves - simply because it's perfect. Everything went right. Rosemary is a wonderfully sympathetic heroine, powerless without being passive, largely ignorant of what's going on around her without being at all stupid, and Mia Farrow makes you care deeply about her. The cinematography is pellucid; the art direction is subtly right; there's also a fine, odd yet tuneful, musical score. I can't believe I waited so long to see this.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1968 (France) See more »

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$2,300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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