Rear Window (1954)
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as L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies
as Lisa Carol Fremont
as Lieutenant Thomas J. Doyle
as Mr. Lars Thorwald
as Miss Lonelyheart
as The Composer
as Miss Torso
as Mrs. Thorwald
as Woman on Fire Escape
as Fire Escape Man
as Miss Hearing Aid
as Party Girl
as Party Girl
as Miss Torso's Friend
as Woman with Poodle
as Bird Woman
as Stunt Detective (uncredited)
as Carl the Waiter
as Young Man
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Critic Reviews for Rear Window
Rear Window builds in a much more linear way, slowly creating tension bit by bit until the chilling final 10 minutes. It takes a long time to get there, but there is literally never a dull moment.
It's a great movie and it's a chance in a million to see a passionate Grace Kelly... She had so much class it would be easy to overlook that underlying heat which Hitchcock let play in this film.
Sure, Vertigo is more personal, Psycho more bizarre, North by Northwest more thrilling. But Rear Window shows the Master of Suspense at his most spare, sophisticated and sinisterly clever a movie that is essentially about watching movies.
This is Alfred Hitchcock at his best -- a hugely entertaining, romantic and witty film with just a touch of mayhem.
Rear Window works as well today as it did when Alfred Hitchcock made it in 1954. Since none of his legion of imitators can match the master's touch, Rear Window is a cultural reference point against which to recalibrate our critical standards.
Audience Reviews for Rear Window
Definitely a film intended to digest w/o much thought, a sensation thrill ride, as a laid-up-due-to-injury photographer realizes his neighbor may have killed his wife. Start thinking and questions bubble up on their own: like why is a 20 year old babe with a guy twice her age? A guy who spends his time eyeballing his we-keep-our-windows-open neighbors, "but we don't notice a guy with binoculars watching us." And there are other problems, but ignor the obvious snafus and the suspense will electrify.
Rear Window is regularly listed with the greatest movies ever made. Certainly one of Hitchcock's finest. In addition to the exceptional chemistry between star James Stewart and a radiant Grace Kelly , there's Raymond Burr as salesman Lars Thorwald with his hair dyed white to make him appear older. When his invalid wife disappears, Jeff suspects foul play might be involved. The setting is a fascinating tableau. Virtually the entire feature is shot from Jeff's gaze looking out into the open courtyard into the many windows of his neighbors. Each residence is a set within itself, fully furnished. With few exceptions, the camera never leaves the confinement of Stewart's apartment. The setting can get a bit claustrophobic. Nevertheless it's a brilliantly assembled theatrical piece right down to the heart-pounding climax . Hitchcock's brilliance as a director has never been questioned and with Rear Window, his abilities as a visual storyteller remain unparalleled. fastfilmreviews.com
Masterful Hitchcock motion picture; filled with mystery, humor, suspense and a fluid direction. Rear Window is a classic film led by James Stewart and comprised of plenty of homages to American cinema in the mid-1900s. 4/5
Rear Window Quotes
|L.B. Jeffries (Jeff):||She's like a queen bee with her pick of the drones.|
|Lisa Carol Fremont:||I'd say she's doing a woman's hardest job: juggling wolves|
|Lisa Carol Fremont:||I'd say she's doing a woman's hardest job: juggling wolves.|
|L.B. Jeffries (Jeff):||Who says I'm getting rid of it.|
|Stella the nurse:||He better get that trunk out of there before it starts to leak.|
|Stella the nurse:||I can hear you now: "Get out of my life, you wonderful woman. You're too good for me."|
|Stella the nurse:||I can hear you now, 'Get out of my life, you wonderful woman. You're too good for me.'|