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Rear Window 1983

Honored by the AFI, Rear Window tells the gripping story of a photographer (James Stewart) who suspects his neighbor of murder and enlists his girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to help investigate.

Starring:
James Stewart, Grace Kelly
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly
Supporting actors Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Judith Evelyn, Ross Bagdasarian, Georgine Darcy, Sara Berner, Frank Cady, Jesslyn Fax, Rand Harper, Irene Winston, Havis Davenport, Jerry Antes, Barbara Bailey, Benny Bartlett, Nick Borgani, Sue Casey, Iphigenie Castiglioni
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
This is the perfect thriller, driven by the voyeur in all of us. Hitchcock understood that most people are more comfortable looking at the lives of others from a distance. We can become involved and passionate about it even, just as we do with the movies, and yet have great difficulty one on one. This film subtly explores this area of our personalities while giving us one of the most entertaining films of all time.
Would you have trouble commiting to the elegant and sexy Grace Kelly? Jeff (Jimmy Stewart) does, as we get to hear about when he is laid up in a cast because of an accident while he was on an assignment. Jeff (short for Jeffries) is used to seeing the world through the illuminating lens of his camera, he is a professional photographer. Lisa's (Grace Kelley) patience and elegant charm and the always no nonsense practicality of Nurse Thelma Ritter makes for great entertainment as Jeff is bored and begins watching his neighbors across the courtyard.
Jeff becomes involved in their lives like he is watching a daily soap opera, much to the disapproval of Lisa. He takes to heart their loneliness and finds pleasure in their fine moments. But something darker begins to take shape when Jeff begins to piece together what he has seen in one apartment and fears he may be spying on a killer.
His own disbelief and Lisa's early scorn turns into an obsession that becomes evermore dangerous for all of them as Lisa begins to be Jeff's legs and believe him. But the man who may have murdered his wife may believe he has seen to much and the tension escalates to a fever pitch, putting all their lives in danger, as the voyeuristic climate changes to 'one on one.'
This is wonderful entertainment.
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Format: DVD
The man's masterpiece, no doubt about it. Vertigo may be more beguiling, Shadow of a Doubt, the best screenplay he worked with, N by NW his best straight thriller, but Rear Window does all you want a tense suspense thriller to do - And delivers a piece of film perfection, without having to do very much at all except point a camera at a man pointing a camera, and follow him until the thrilling end. For such a static movie, it can leave you breathless! A little artificial looking perhaps, by today's standard, and the story really is a bit of a contrivance-What a coincidence it is this laid up man happens to be a pro-photographer, and lives almost dead opposite the villain of the piece. Okay, corny, but as the director would see it, these are just vehicles a film must use, to get somewhere, and deliver you where it wants to. He knows how to make you forget about this slight incredibility, once he can really get into the meat of the film. And this is one of his three or four movies he really manages to push it out very big and make it much, much more than a simple murder story, although this never diverts your attention from the essential matter of enjoying a good suspense thriller.
As with all his greatest films, this subliminal stuff gets into your head and sets you thinking, mostly after the movie has finished. It's all the little extraneous details, the glimpses of everyday folk living out their lives our wheelchair bound hero is forced to watch through his window, that brings this great film alive. Some of the images Hitchcock captures are just uniquely brilliant in a very voyeuristic way. There is definitely a subtext going on here, as you'd expect from this director. But on the surface it is just simple, straightforward magnificence!
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
Alfred Hitchcock was in near-perfect form when he made "Rear Window," a stylish, minimalistic blend of mystery and dark comedy. This thriller explores "what you shouldn't see" skilfully, with a few funny bits thrown in. And having a cast that includes Grace Kelly and James Stewart doesn't hurt either.

Photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (Stewart) got run over during a shoot, and is crankily waiting for his cast to come off. While he does so, he spies on his neighbors -- some sleep on balconies, some argue, some weep alone, and some ("Miss Torso") dance in spandex. To make things worse, Jeff is having intimacy problems with his wealthy girlfriend Lisa (Kelly), because he fears settling down.

But then Jeff's window-watching clues him in to something -- sickly Mrs. Thorwald vanishes, and her husband Lars (Raymond Burr) is seen acting suspiciously with a saw, rope and metal case. Jeff becomes convinced that Thorwald has murdered his wife. He manages to convince Lisa and his down-to-earth nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter), but detectives won't believe him. So without moving from the room, Jeff uses the rear window to watch Thorwald -- and find out what really happened.

Okay, peeping on your neighbors is not just creepy, it's illegal. In the case of "Rear Window," that fact doesn't really matter. Watching the fellow tenants is as much fun as the mystery itself, whether it's the newlyweds, the pair that sleep on the balcony, the weepy Ms. Lonelyheart, or the buxom dancer Miss Torso. It makes the story even more chilling when you realize that one -- or maybe more than one -- of these seemingly harmless people is a murderer.

Hitchcock -- who appears as a musician -- kept his deft touch in a movie that could have sunk like a stone.
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