Rope [DVD] [1948]

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  • Release Date: 06/20/2006
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 4)

Special Features

  • Rope Unleashed
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Production notes
  • Closed Captioned


Rope, Alfred Hitchcock's first color film, was adapted from Patrick Hamilton's stage play Rope's End by no less than Hume Cronyn. Loosely inspired by the Leopold-Loeb case, the plot concerns two implicitly homosexual college chums, played by Farley Granger and John Dall. Their heads filled with Nietzschean philosophy by their kindly professor James Stewart, Granger and Dall kill a third friend just for the thrill of it. The boys hide the body in an antique chest in the middle of their posh apartment, then perversely arrange to hold a dinner party around the chest, inviting the victim's family, friends and fiancee (Joan Chandler), as well as their intellectual role-model Stewart. As the guests wander obliviously around the sealed chest, the killers make snippy, veiled comments about their deed--never going so far as to reveal the existence of the body nor their involvement in the murder. As all the guests file out, however, professor Stewart begins to suspect that something is amiss. In Rope, Hitchcock attempted the daunting technical challenge of filming the entire picture in one long, seemingly uninterrupted take. Actually, there are several edits in the movie: since a reel of film was divided into two ten-minute minireels back in 1948, the internal reel-breaks are "fudged" by having a dark object briefly obscure the camera lens, sustaining the illusion that no editing has taken place. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • James Stewart
    James Stewart - Rupert Cadell
  • John Dall
    John Dall - Brandon Shaw
  • Farley Granger
    Farley Granger - Phillip Morgan
  • Cedric Hardwicke
    Cedric Hardwicke - Mr. Kentley
  • Constance Collier
    Constance Collier - Mrs. Atwater

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hitchocks's One Take Experiment!

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Hitchcock's first color film was based of the Stage play of the same name. He tried his best to emulate the feeling of watching a play by filming in one "seamless" shot. The suspense is masterfully created in such a confined space. One of his greatest artistic risks in cinema.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Eyes need to see something interesting

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This film is shot too look like one long take, ambitious but boring to watch for me personally, it doesn't have the energy or unpredictability of say Birdman, so it becomes tiresome to watch unless it completely engrossed you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Was recommended by store clerk.

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have not watched this one yet, as I loaned it to my sister to watch first. Should be good, it is Alfred Hitchcock

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Hitchcock

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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Rope is one of my favorite Hichcock films and is is fun watching the tension unfold in real time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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