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Rosemary's Baby
- Mia Farrow

Overview - Roman Polanski's stylish occult thriller ROSEMARY'S BABY is possibly the director's most famous film and was a big box-office success at the time of its 1968 release. This was Polanski's first American feature film, following his frightening 1965 REPULSION, which was made in England.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Roman Polanski's stylish occult thriller ROSEMARY'S BABY is possibly the director's most famous film and was a big box-office success at the time of its 1968 release. This was Polanski's first American feature film, following his frightening 1965 REPULSION, which was made in England. The use of producer William Castle--famous for popular low-budget horror--helped propel Polanski forward into a long and rigorous career as one of the masters of the genre. The terrifying satanic story forever haunts fans of this cult film, the setting of which--Manhattan's Dakota building--carries a ghost story of its own as the location of John Lennon's assassination. A young, happily married couple, waif-like Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and struggling actor Guy (John Cassavetes), move into a spacious apartment in a venerable old building off Central Park. They are befriended by the elderly couple next door, Roman (Sidney Blackmer) and Minnie Castavet (Ruth Gordon in an Oscar-winning performance), who seem to take a special interest in Rosemary's well-being. Shortly after another young woman in the building commits suicide by jumping out a window, Rosemary begins to be plagued by disturbing dreams, including a hallucinogenic black mass sequence in which she is raped by something "inhuman" while surrounded by a host of unlikely spectators. Rosemary discovers she is pregnant and soon falls violently ill. The Castavets offer advice and home remedies and even go so far as to talk her into seeing a new doctor of their choosing. But when the young couple's friend Hutch (Maurice Evans) exposes her eccentric but seemingly well-meaning neighbors as members of a witches' coven, Rosemary realizes that she is the victim of a deeply evil conspiracy and that no one can be trusted--not even her own husband.

Awards:
1968 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner

Cast List

Tony Curtis - American Actor, SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
Bernard Schwartz - American Actor, SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
Anthony Curtis - American Actor, SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
William A. Fraker - Legendary cinematographer/director
William Castle - American Director/Producer
William Schloss - American Director/Producer
Mia Farrow - American actress, ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow - American actress, ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
Ruth Gordon - American Actress/Screenwriter, HAROLD & MAUDE, ROSEMARY'S BA
Ruth Gordon Jones - American Actress/Screenwriter, HAROLD & MAUDE, ROSEMARY'S BA
Elisha Cook Jr. - American Actor, THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
Krzysztof Komeda - Polish Composer
Christopher Komeda - Polish Composer
Krzysztof T. Komeda - Polish Composer
Krzysztof-Trzcinski Komeda - Polish Composer
Ira Levin - Novelist
Sidney Blackmer - American Actor
John Cassavetes - Avant-garde Filmmaker/Actor
Ralph Bellamy - American actor, THE AWFUL TRUTH
Roman Polanski - Director/Screenwriter/Actor
Bob Wyman
Patsy Kelly - American Comic Actress
Charles Grodin - American actor/Stage Director
Joel Schiller - Production Designer
Victoria Vetri - Australian Actress
Maurice Evans - Emmy winning actor, MACBETH
Sam O'Steen - American Editor/Director, THE GRADUATE (1967)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 136
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 097360683172
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Cult Film
Occult
Thriller
Recommended
Satire
Disturbing
Pregnancy
Theatrical Release
New York City
Essential Cinema
Based On A Novel

 
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Notes:
Theatrical release: June 12, 1968. Scenes depicting Guy and Rosemary's building were filmed at the distinctive Dakota on Manhattan's West Side, which later became the site of John Lennon's assassination. Polanski consulted Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, on details in scenes involving Satanic rituals. LaVey also assumed the role of Satan in Rosemary's rape-nightmare. Tony Curtis is the voice of a hapless actor (heard only over the phone) who meets with an unforeseen accident and whom Guy subsequently ends up replacing.

Reviews:
"...It's surely among the three or four greatest horror films ever made..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - One For The Library - 11/01/2000 Premiere, pp.105-107


"Roman Polanski's brilliantly directed ROSEMARY'S BABY hasn't lost a thing since it was one of the best movies of a banner year..." - 12/01/2000 USA Today, p.9E


"What's suggested is as scary as what's seen." - 09/01/2004 Uncut, p.135


"Polanski is more interested in creating a creeping sense of unease by making everything seem plausible." - 10/31/2012 A.V. Club


"Mia Farrow remains uncannily good as Rosemary..." - 02/01/2013 Sight and Sound

 
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