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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | | Drama, Horror | 12 June 1968 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rosemary Woodhouse
... Guy Woodhouse
... Minnie Castevet
... Roman Castevet
... Hutch
... Dr. Sapirstein
... Terry (as Angela Dorian)
... Laura-Louise
... Mr. Nicklas (as Elisha Cook)
... Elise Dunstan
... Dr. Hill
Hanna Hertelendy ... Grace Cardiff (as Hanna Landy)
... Dr. Shand (as Philip Leeds)
... Diego
... 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 »

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Drama | Horror

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12 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El bebé de Rosemary  »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,395,426, 31 December 1969
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Oscar-nominated editor Sam O'Steen would later direct the sequel, Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976). See more »

Goofs

When the nurse at Dr. Hill's office is taking Rosemary's blood, the unnatural way her skin bulges outward reveals this is most probably a prosthetic. See more »

Quotes

Roman Castevet: Rosemary...
Rosemary Woodhouse: Shut up.
Roman Castevet: Rosemary...
Rosemary Woodhouse: Shut up. You're in Dubrovnik, I don't hear you.
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Connections

Referenced in La comunidad (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
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Composed by Krzysztof Komeda
Sung by Mia Farrow
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User Reviews

Rosemary's Fight
2 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Polanski successfully sets the tone right from the beginning as the strange and somewhat scary lullaby plays as the opening credits appear. In the background we see Rosemary's neighborhood while the focus is on her window. This tone is maintained throughout the entire film. The film is quite well executed. Polanski creates a gloomy, isolated and chilling mood. 'Rosemary's Baby' is a horror film but unlike most movies of this genre, this one is very subtle and is more dependent on the atmosphere rather than the 'horror creatures'. It is only in the excellently executed nightmare sequence, which is comprised of fragments of scenes, that one witnesses something 'out of the ordinary'. I was initially dissatisfied by the ending but after some thought, I couldn't think of a better more effective conclusion. The ending itself is so spine-chilling and makes the movie experience more horrifying. The haunting lullaby replays in the end capturing that moment of horror like a photographic memory. The cast does a fine job though clearly this is Farrow's film. Mia Farrow is spellbinding. The way she captures Rosemary's kindness, agony, anguish, fragility and courage is noteworthy. She is simply amazing to watch. I can understand why it is still so popular after 40 years. There has been hardly anything else like it.


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