Rear Window

Rear Window

DVD - 2001
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As a photographer with a broken leg, Stewart takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbors during a summer heat wave. Things really begin to get hot when he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife and buried the body in a flower garden. He actively enlists the help of his girlfriend to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events. Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in film history.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal, c2001.
Edition: Widescreen, collector's edition
ISBN: 9780783237398
0783237391
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SUSPENSE REAR WIN 1954
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Hitchcock, Alfred 1899-1980-

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"It is more of a thriller but none the less scary. Watching from the view of Jimmy Stewart's wheelchair on a horrific crime always keeps me on the edge." - Margaret, Tech Services


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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 09, 2018

A true classic. I love that this film takes places in a limited space, across the courtyard view of apartments. It's where voyeurism comes to you and where you, in return, get caught up in events, or I should say, the lead character L.B. Jeffries gets caught up. I don't want to compete with the volume of analysis that this film has garnered, except to say that it has a choreographed precision to it that is clearly the hand of Hitchcock weaving the plotlines together. Rear Window is rich in statements of isolation and crime; voyeurism and immersion into the clockwork grind of daily life from a single perspective. From the benign to murder. It has a murder mystery plot but its also very inventive and wry.

For those who say Hitch couldn't film romance, I suggest checking out the slo-mo, closeup kiss between Kelly and Stewart, at the beginning of the film. It has been written that Grace was his favorite leading lady (Hitch's). This kiss could not bely that assertion. On Hitch's list of film greatness: most certainly this one makes Top 5, along with Psycho, and the other three Jimmy Stewart films ( Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope), and , STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. Yes, that is 6. Ok, take out ROPE: honorable mention.

Moody and suspenseful to the max. I've only seen a handful of Hitchcock movies, but Rear Window is my favorite so far.

JCLBeckyC Jul 06, 2018

I'm a middle-aged woman with an elderly mom living at home. We don't agree on much when it comes to movies--her favorite movie is Mister Roberts and mine is The Big Lebowski--but we both love this one. It makes me want to live in a close-knit apartment community, although I'd certainly close my blinds more often than the characters in this film do. Recommended for families looking for a thriller that's not adrenaline overkill, or a gentle character study that won't put you to sleep. It's especially good to watch in an air conditioned room during these hot summer days so you can appreciate what life was like before modern conveniences.

ArapahoeJillA Apr 20, 2018

My favorite Hitchcock thriller starring the amazing James Stewart as a wheelchair bound photographer living in an apartment complex that allows him to see into all of his neighbors' windows. Does he see one commit a crime? Does he convince his girlfriend, Grace Kelly, and his physical therapist, Thelma Ritter, that he has seen something and that they need to do something about it? Check this one out and see what develops.

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messala2
Apr 09, 2018

If you've seen this film get the copy that has the commentary by with John Farwell revealing a lot of the backstory, especially about the sound design of the film. Anyone wanting more from Hitchcock at this point ( a twist at the end so L.B. Jeffries is wrong about Lars Thorwald?...C'mon!) has been swallowed-up by the crass, facile, what-passes-for-script-writing post Star Wars.

CarlitoQuinones Mar 22, 2018

In my opinion, belongs in both Hitchcock and Stewart's top 3 films lists. Based on a short story by a guy that rarely left his apartment, Cornell Woolrich (William Irish).

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lindy919
Dec 14, 2017

One of the few Hitchcock movies that hasn't become laughable with age. Sorry, Hitchcock fans, you know it's true.

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RoyalJellyIII
Aug 19, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock is a cinematic tour de force when it comes to crafting some of the most memorable and exhilarating suspense thrillers ever to grace the screen. Rear Window belongs among the directors finest works, this is a film that steadily builds up the tension, and what makes this such a unique film is the fact that Hitchcock uses a simple concept to tell a broader story.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Jun 17, 2017

An absolute classic. Not to be missed-- ages well, and cool to see Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) playing the heavy! One of Hitchcock's paranoiac best!!

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Britty346
May 16, 2017

we've become a race of peeping toms.

luvfresians Apr 01, 2016

Stella: The blood must've gotten on the walls.
Lisa: Stella!
Stella: What? It's what we're all thinking!
Lisa: I know, but your choice of words!

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uzebdrumz
Apr 11, 2015

Stella: Maybe one day she'll find her happiness.
Jeff: Yeah, some man'll lose his.

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DavidB
Aug 23, 2009

I'm not much on rear window ethics.

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luvfresians Apr 01, 2016

luvfresians thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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luvfresians Apr 01, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some scenes may scare children. I advise caution when watching this with easily frightened children.

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