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Rear Window (1954)

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Synopsis

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Cast

  • James Stewart
  • Grace Kelly
  • Wendell Corey
  • Thelma Ritter
  • Raymond Burr
  • Judith Evelyn
  • Ross Bagdasarian
  • Georgine Darcy
  • Sara Berner
  • Frank Cady

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Trivia

  • This movie was unavailable for three decades because its rights (together with four other movies of the same period) were bought back by Sir Alfred Hitchcock, and left as part of his legacy to his daughter. They've been known for long as the infamous "Five Lost Hitchcocks" amongst movie buffs, and were re-released in theatres around 1984 after a thirty-year absence. The others are The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Rope (1948), The Trouble with Harry (1955), and Vertigo (1958). However, prior to the theatrical re-releases in the 1980s, this movie was televised once, in 1971, on ABC, although the network technically did not have the legal right to do so.
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Goofs

  • When Jeff grabs the box of flashbulbs, all four can be seen in the box, but when he backs up more, there are only two left.
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Quotes

    • Stella: When two people love each other, they come together - WHAM - like two taxis on Broadway.
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Metacritic

100

The film leaps off the screen with a thrilling immediacy.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
100

Rear Window lovingly invests in suspense all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
100

Simply put, Rear Window is a great film, perhaps one of the finest ever committed to celluloid. All of the elements are perfect (or nearly so), including the acting, script, camerawork, music (by Franz Waxman), and, of course, direction. The brilliance of the movie is that, in addition to keeping viewers on the edges of their seats, it involves us in the lives of all of the characters, from Jefferies and Lisa to Miss Torso. There isn't a moment of waste in 113 minutes of screen time.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
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