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21,541 Ratings

Rear Window

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1954
Thriller, Mystery, Crime


Professional photographer, J.B.Jeffries, is confined to his Greenwich Village apartment after breaking his leg. He looks in on the intimate dramas at play in his neighbors apartments. Eventually, he becomes convinced that a salesman murdered his nagging wife.

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Rear Window Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Thorwald’s eyes are an intense, burning blue, matching his blue suit, and Burr is so fantastic in this role, he manages to make Thorwald simultaneously menacing and tragic. This is why audiences often gasp when Thorwald breaks through the fantasy – not merely because he’s scary but because he looks so wounded. This is such a penetrating moment that the flashbulbs Jeff pulls out are not going to save him – his camera will not put enough distance between him and his subject.
September 07, 2017
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The women in Rear Window outnumber the men but they also end up murdered, attacked, and/or broken-hearted. Having traded in their Edith Head gowns for more sensible trousers, they are now awarded entry into this man’s life. He’s napping mid-day—now with two broken legs—and only once he’s fully asleep, will she reach for her copy of Harper’s Bazaar. Being a woman is an old habit that dies hard.
July 24, 2016
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Could this movie have been about any city other than New York? Possibly, but it wouldn’t have hit the same truths. Because New York is a city where neighbors ostentatiously stay out of each other’s business when they’re out on the sidewalk, then go home and do everything they can to find out what’s happening across the air shaft.
May 08, 2012
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What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Rear Window

    It is almost a platitude to reiterate the quintessentially scopohiliac filmic discourse of this Hitchcock masterpiece, one that unobtrusively elevates a simple story to a meta-critical diatribe on the politics of seeing. The masterful opening sequence which establishes the closed urban milieu announces the joys to come, many of which surface in an extraordinary philosophical subtext of the 'neighbor''s alienness.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Rear Window

    I remember how much I enjoyed it the first time I saw it. I saw it in the movie theatre, and I remember trying to crawl out of my seat because of how well the tension was built. Jimmy Stewart plays a bit of a perv. He's peeking into windows with binoculars and a telephoto lens. He has the incredible Grace Kelly, but he'd rather be the voyeur.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Rear Window

    A magnificently controlled exercise in tension through immobilisation, spatial distancing and silence. It's a situation that occurs to me in many city hotels with a canvas of assumed stories behind the windows opposite. Add to this a stranded hero and the most delicate beauty you could not wish harm upon and it's a superb example of 'what would I do in that situation?'. If only more commercial cinema were as good.

  • anarresti's rating of the film Rear Window

    A simple idea elegantly constructed. The tension, the silences, the antecipation, the editing, in this film is a lesson that most thrillers did not learn. Wrtting about this film, I realize why I usually dislike thrillers and their annoying storytelling. Usually they tell us where to be stressed, when to relax in such obvious ways, that it is condescending, and it doesn't work. Here, we're transported into the story.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Rear Window

    Hitchcock's most accessible American classic may also still be his most complex. The act of peeping in this neighborhood is like flipping through channels. All these stories reek of banal television but are made memorable by Stewart's remarks (Much like The 39 Steps, Hitchcock's use of comedy elevates the material). How good is this film. It's so good that even the idiots on IMDB love it. It's undeniable greatness.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Rear Window

    The larger conversation about cinema and filmmaking is fascinating, especially as Jimmy Stewart's character acts as a voyeur through his window to the world (silver screen), enhanced and singular by way of the camera.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Rear Window

    Hitchcock manages to craft an imaginative and tightly wound suspense piece that masquerades as a simple story of intrigue while commenting on politics and privacy in 50's America. Grace Kelly is both divine and perfectly realised. The camera work is superb and this blu-ray remaster is highly recommended. 4 stars

  • Shelley's rating of the film Rear Window

    another great film from Hitchcock. Kelly and Stewart do a fantastic job here. I love the fact that this whole film takes place inside of his apartment/everything behind his rear window. it was at times hilarious, and other times extremely suspenseful probably his most yet. I saw this in theatres which sort of ruined it when everyone obliviously pointed out his cameo but I still loved it!

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