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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.


Jeff Bleckner


Cornell Woolrich (story), Eric Ellis Overmyer (teleplay) (as Eric Overmyer) | 1 more credit »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Jason Kemp
Daryl Hannah ... Claudia Henderson
Robert Forster ... Detective Charlie Moore
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Antonio Fredericks
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Leila, Jason's Ex-Wife
Ritchie Coster ... Julian Thorpe
Allison Mackie ... Ilene Thorpe / Ilene's Sister
Ali Marsh ... Alison Rothman
Julie Baker Julie Baker ... Luscious Woman
Maggie Kiley ... Professional Woman
Peter Giles ... Professional Man
Max Chalawsky Max Chalawsky ... Writer
Marc Holzman Marc Holzman ... Gay Man
David Pittu ... Gay Mate
Monique Cintron Monique Cintron ... Janet


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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Release Date:

22 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rear Window See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Jason Kemp (Christopher Reeve) is questioned by Detective Moore (Robert Forster), Kemp tells him he is the architect for a project called "The Woolrich Performing Arts Center". Cornell Woolrich is the author of the story "It Had To Be Murder" (published in Dime Detective Magazine in February 1942), upon which the movie Rear Window is based. See more »


Charlie: Run that by me again.
Jason: So, he makes bail, he comes home and he tell her he's gonna leave her for another woman. She threatens to testify against him and ruin his life. They have a drag-out fight and this time, he kills her.
Claudia: So what do you think?
Charlie: Aside from no body, no witnesses, no evidence whatsoever that a crime was committed... as crackpot theories go, very plausible.
Jason: Are you cynical, Charlie, or just apathetic?
Charlie: Did you see this murder?
Jason: I heard it.
Charlie: You heard them fighting, which married ...
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Less excitement in this version.
10 January 2000 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

It is many years since I saw Jimmy Stewart in the original "Rear Window" but if my memory serves me right I feel that this re-make for TV comes nowhere near the original. It lacks the terror, the fear, the excitement that the first "Rear Window" brought to the screen. In the first version it was a simple photographer armed with a camera and flashlight, but here we have an architect with computer and digital camera. A photographic studio has now been become a lavish apartment and there is plenty of room for the electronic chair (formerly a simple wheelchair). In the updating I feel that much of the atmosphere has been lost. While I admire Christopher Reeve's attempt to return to the screen in his paralyzed condition, I feel his acting ability is definitely restrained. There is not much response from or interest in the other actors either. The best that can be said is that this film is a therapeutic exercise for Christopher Reeve. I found the result rather dull and lacking the excitement necessary to make up for the immobility and frustration of the central character.

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