• Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window

Release Date: September 1st, 1954

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2001

PG |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

A newspaper photographer with a broken leg passes time recuperating by observing his neighbors through his window. He sees what he believes to be a murder, and decides to solve the crime himself. With the help of his nurse and wife, he tries to catch the murderer without being killed himself.

Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Raymond Burr, Thelma Ritter, Judith Evelyn, Ross Bagdasarian, Georgine Darcy

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Patron Inc.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Pursuit , Deception , Murder , Girlfriend , Mystery , 1950s , Suspenseful ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    The film leaps off the screen with a thrilling immediacy. show more

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Simply put, Rear Window is a great film, perhaps one of the finest ever committed to celluloid. All of the elements are perfect (or nearly so), including the acting, script, camerawork, music (by Franz Waxman), and, of course, direction. The brilliance of the movie is that, in addition to keeping viewers on the edges of their seats, it involves us in the lives of all of the characters, from Jefferies and Lisa to Miss Torso. There isn't a moment of waste in 113 minutes of screen time. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Rear Window lovingly invests in suspense all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay. show more

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Nominated Sound Recording
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1955)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Cinematography (Color)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay)