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    rear window movie posterTitle: Rear Window

    Director: Alfred Hitchcock

    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


    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.

    Plot Summary
    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)

    Movie Clips

    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.


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