Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Judith Evelyn
Release Date: Aug. 1, 1954 (USA)
Running Time: 112 min
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Commentary Rear Window is a masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock based on the 1942 short story of the same title by Cornell Woolrich. The acting is superb, as is the story and cinematography.
L.B. Jeffries (Stewart), a.k.a. Jeff, is a professional photographer who's confined to his apartment due to an injury with his leg in a cast. Out of boredom, Jeff takes to spying on his neighbors through his rear window with a set of binoculars. After awhile, he becomes convinced that a murder has taken place, though his friends and girlfriend Lisa Carol Fremont (Kelly) think he's delusional. Eventually however, Jeff and Lisa gather up enough observational evidence against him to determine that he's guilty.
Cultural Significance Rear Window is widely considered to be one of Hitchcock's greatest films. It won the following four 1954 Academy Awards:
Best Director (Alfred Hitchcock)
Best Screenplay (John Michael Hayes)
Best Cinematography, Color (Robert Burks)
Best Sound Recording (Loren L. Ryder, Paramount Pictures)
Here's a movie trailer.
Here's a scene in which Jeffries watches the neighbors.
Here's a great romantic scene between James Stewart and Grace Kelly.