Rent Rear Window (1954)

4.2 of 5 from 448 ratings
1h 49min
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Synopsis:
Jefferies (James Stewart), a photographer with a broken leg, takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbours during a summer heat wave. But things really hot up when he suspects one neighbour (Raymond Burr) of murdering his invalid wife and burying the body in a flower garden.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Alfred Hitchcock
Voiced By:
Gig Young
Narrated By:
Art Gilmore
Writers:
John Michael Hayes, Cornell Woolrich
Others:
Robert Burks, Loren L. Ryder
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Classics, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/06/2001
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/05/2013
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French DTS 2.0 Mono, German DTS 2.0 Mono, Italian DTS 2.0 Mono, Japanese DTS 2.0 Mono, Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
  • A Conversation With Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
  • Pure Cinema: Through The Eyes Of The Master
  • Breaking Barriers: The Sound Of Hitchcock
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Masters Of Cinema
  • Feature Commentary With John Fawell, Author Of Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-Release Trailer Narrated By James Stewart
BBFC:
Release Date:
07/09/2020
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD High Resolution 2.0, French DTS 2.0, German DTS 2.0, Italian DTS 2.0, Polish DTS 2.0, Spanish DTS 2.0
Subtitles:
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Documentaries
  • Expert Commentaries
  • Interviews
  • Screen Tests
  • Storyboards
  • And Much More!

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Reviews (4) of Rear Window

Hitchcock at his best - Rear Window review by CB

Spoiler Alert
26/07/2018

It's all filmed on one set with the hero's bed - he's laid up with a broken leg - front and centre. He's a photographer and apartment bound so the action comes from the invalids various visitors. There's a murder, of course, but it is by no means a routine murder story.

It's 20+ years since I last watched it but it hasn't aged a bit. Sure, the hero's camera I an ancient manual thing, and the all-important flash bulbs are ancient too, but so what?

It's been fully restored. If you haven't seen it, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. The late, great Grace Kelly is a definitive bonus for the men and her AMAZING dress collection is a bonus for the women.

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Includes spoilers. - Rear Window review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
20/02/2021

Rear Window is one of Hitchcock's impediment films, shot from within a single room looking outward, mostly of the view of tenements at the back of action photographer James Stewart's swanky New York apartment.

The set on which the invalided Stewart grows addicted to voyeurism by spying on his neighbours is one of the great manufactured structures in cinema. His window provides an opening into the lives of strangers. The inability to hear what is happening in these rooms means that Hitch is able to demonstrate his brilliant capacity for visual wit and storytelling.

Rear Window is a work of sustained suspense which builds to a  memorable frenzy at the conclusion when the lame hero watches his girlfriend (Grace Kelly) enter into the facing apartment of a killer just as he returns home, while a woman below incidentally looks like taking an overdose of sleeping tablets.

Some critics feel that this is a personal film to Hitch because it about observing, about seeing and the edit of what is seen. But I'm not convinced that this stands up. Hitchcock is an acute observer of human behaviour, but he is not a philosopher. This thriller might mimic a process of the art of cinema and the role of the audience, but it doesn't have anything profound to say about either voyeurism or film making. Still, it's an exciting and original idea (from Cornell Woolrich's story).

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When the heat is on. - Rear Window review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
18/02/2007

An excellent film which is both funny and exciting, with excellent performances from James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

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