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Rear Window (Widescreen) (1954)

James Stewart , Grace Kelly , Alfred Hitchcock , Laurent Bouzereau    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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None of Hitchcock's films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events... Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Turn Out The Light ... He's Seen Us!" May 18 2004
Show of hands please --- Who here loves anything with Jimmy Stewart in it? How about the lovely Grace Kelly?
Results --- ** Entire world placing hands skyward. ** :)
Well that's not surprising. Put Jimmy and Grace together (in an Alfred Hitchcock flick no less!), and you can't help but to have a classic piece of motion picture entertainment.
One of the all-time great suspense films, "Rear Window" (1954) places us (the viewer) squarely in the shoes of L.B. Jefferies (Stewart), as he peers out his "rear window" at his courtyard neighbors. (BTW -- My spelling of "Jefferies" in this review IS correct. I've noticed "Jefferies" almost always being misspelled "Jeffries" (lacking an "E"). The spelling of Jeff's last name can easily be verified at the beginning of the movie, when the camera pans across his leg cast, revealing the words: "Here lie the broken bones of L.B. Jefferies". I assume that the filmmakers didn't deliberately have Jeff's last name misspelled on the cast. Of course, I suppose that's always *possible*; but I fail to see a reason WHY they'd do it.) :-)
Hitchcock lets the plot of the movie unfold in sections, building the suspense and drama with his usual superb efficiency and skill. But "Rear Window", when you stop and think about it for a minute, doesn't really follow the same "format" as many (or most) other Hitchcock pictures -- in that we (the audience) are just as much in the dark about this possible "murder" across the courtyard as L.B. Jefferies is. In many of the director's films, "Hitch" lets his viewing audience know, right up front, that there's a "bomb under the table" (to use Hitchcock's own example from his interviews).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Alfred Hitchcock Movie July 5 2004
By J
North By Northwest and Vertigo are spectacular cinematic achievements but, for me, Rear Window is the one Hitchcock movie everyone must see. It is as perfect as a Hitchcock movie can be. One of the greatest American movies ever made. Not one false note. It is the movie I would show to someone who hasn't seen a Hitchcock movie but wonders what they're all about and why he's so revered. The tremendous psychological drama and cat and mouse suspense are perfectly tuned. Stewart turns in a brillantly nuanced performance as a morally dubious peeping tom. The film is about him, of course. Not about an unseen murder or a pieced together amateur murder investigation. Listen to the dialogue and observe the interactions between Stewart and his guests. Subtext and more subtext. Just perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The mystery of perception April 8 2004
By L.M.W.
This is a great film that discusses the mystery of perception. James Stewart plays a photographer confined to a wheelchair, and, because he is bored, he voyeuristically examines the lives of his neighbors in the apartment building. We only see these neighbors through his eyes. Therefore, when he assumes that the man across the courtyard has murdered his invalid wife, at first no one wants to investigate his theory, especially his detective friend. But the clues seem to pile up, leading Stewart's girlfriend and nurse (a wonderfully witty role played by Thelma Ritter) to lure the man from his apartment to investigate further. The climax is powerful, true to Hitchcockian form.
Hitchcock's films are quite different from suspense films made today. The primary difference is the method in which Hitch crafts suspense. It's slow--on purpose. The climax is more powerful because the viewer builds up tension throughout the first 3/4 of the film. In this movie, Hitch's goal is not to shock or horrify viewers, but put them on the edge of their seats in anxious expectation of the climax. That, in my opinion, makes a great suspense thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The power of images April 4 2004
This extremely dense and subtle film is assuredly one of Hitchcock's greatest achievements. Too intrepid for his own good, Jefferies pays dearly for his mistake: confined to a wheelchair in a small apartment, he becomes a prisoner and takes pleasure in the multiple visions that unfold in front of him. He soon lives only through these images, a slave of adventures he wants to understand even as they elude his grasp; he periodically contemplates another kind of spectacle, that of Lisa courting him with the same energy he himself manifests as an amateur detective. He gradually identifies with his neighbours, and Hitchcock frequently equals his viewers with Jefferies, letting us see exactly what he sees. The film has a lot to say on the interpretative reading of works of art, as Jefferies tends to accept events only so far as they confirm his own hypotheses. It is when he seemingly elucidates the Thorwald mystery that he goes too far and commits his hubristic mistake for a second time; the film thus ends as it started, with Jefferies stuck in his wheelchair and Lisa reading a fashion magazine. Both goth too involved in the images...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Defining Hitchcock Masterpiece April 2 2004
Undoubtedly one of the greatest movies he ever made, Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 masterwork "Rear Window" has certainly stood the test of times, and with good reason. Every little second of the film is to die for, from the opening credits to the long and breathtaking closeup of Grace Kelly to its breakneck conclusion, it's hard not to love it.
When photographer J.B. "Jeff" Jeffries, played by Jimmy Stewart in one of his finest roles ever, breaks his leg, he is confined to his Greenwich Village apartment room and becomes fixated with the lives of his neighbors across the way from him. He soon expects that a mysterious salesman (played vigorously by Raymond Burr) may have murdered his annoying wife, he decides to do a little investigating - with the help of his gorgeous girlfriend Lisa Freemont (played by Grace Kelly in her finest role ever). It all leads up to a shocking conclusion that will linger in yout mind long after the end credits.
If you're a Hitchcok fan or just love movies, "Rear Window" will surely satisfy. I promise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie from an other era with a great actrice!
Got interested in Grace Kelly's movies because of an Exhibit held in Montreal in 2013. It is great that to be able to watch in DVD format this great movie
Published 7 months ago by Monica Bretschneider
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic
I saw this movie as a teenager and really liked it. Then I when I saw another Hitchcock recently, I remembered all the style and detail he imbued into his movies and decided to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amanda Irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock at his best!
You feel like a «voyeur» watching with James Stewart and a beautiful Grace Kelly the lives of people through their windows. It is my all-time favorite Hitchcock!
Published 16 months ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Parfait
Le film est tel que je me le rappelais. La livraison a été rapide et le film est arrivé sans heurts. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Lars where you going with that suitcase in your hand?
It's a hot evening in attendance apartment complex. Evidently there is no air-conditioning or self-consciousness that open windows attracts voyeurs. L.B. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2011 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hitchcock Classic
I have three favourite Hitchcock movies. This is one of them and the other two are "I Confess" and "Dial M For Murder". Read more
Published on June 16 2011 by Movie Nut
5.0 out of 5 stars HEADS UP ON LEGACY VERSION
I own both the older dvd release and the legacy version and i have to say the picture is only improved by a small margin.. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2009 by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock the Voyeur
Have you ever looked into a neighbour's home and caught sight of someone doing something he shouldn't? Have you immediately looked away, or have you lingered a little? Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2007 by Nolene-Patricia Dougan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Movies Ever Made
Anyone who doesn't think this is one of the greatest movies ever made doesn't know anything about film. Read more
Published on April 28 2007 by David Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Peeping James
Alfred Hitchcock was in near-perfect form when he made "Rear Window," a stylish, minimalistic blend of mystery and dark comedy. Read more
Published on March 25 2007 by E. A Solinas
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