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Two men murder a college friend, hide the body in the house and dare anyone to find it.


Studio Universal
SKU 202270495
UPC 025192831126
UPC 14 00025192831126
Format DVD
Release Date 6/20/2006
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Stage Play
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case (from which two other films, COMPULSION and SWOON, were also derived), ROPE both challenges and terrifies the audience. Alfred Hitchcock disdained the whodunit crime story, which he felt lacked emotional force, and ROPE shows the director's preference for letting the audience know more than the characters onscreen. The film opens as two young men (Farley Granger and John Dall) strangle a friend just to prove they're intellectually capable of committing the perfect crime. To add to the amusement, they hide the body in a trunk that will serve as the dinner table for a party honoring the deceased. The film hones in on an hour and a half of the party, with the constantly moving camera capturing the changing emotional atmosphere as the guests grow increasingly concerned about the fate of the missing boy. ROPE is a directorial tour de force, blending complex camera movement with intricate staging to present the entire story in near-real time in one location. Notably, the adaptation of the play by Patrick Hamilton was written by perennial Hitchcock actor Hume Cronyn.
Plot Summary
Summary ROPE is a masterfully directed Alfred Hitchcock production about two college students who murder a classmate in a bizarre experiment. This was Hitchcock's first film as an independent producer. The film is based on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case.
New York Times "...One can not understand the truly bold originality of [Hitchcock] without seeing it." 06/03/1984 p.II:19
Alfred Hitchcock
John Dall
James Stewart
Farley Granger
Cast & Crew
Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Arthur Laurents, et al. - Writer
Constance Collier - Actor
David Buttolph - Original Music By
Farley Granger - Actor
James Stewart - Actor
John Dall - Actor
Sidney Bernstein - Producer
William H. Ziegler - Editor
William V. Skall - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1948
Catalog ID 28311
UPC 00025192831126
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 81 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Review James Stewart turns in yet another outstanding performance. His scenes with the killers are compelling and believable. The noose tightens as he gets closer to discovering the true nature of his pupils. Philip edges ever closer to hysteria and Brandon appears to be headed towards a narcissistic rage. All these elements come together to form a satisfying and thought-provoking conclusion...In the end, it becomes inconsequential whether the killers are brought to justice or not. It doesn't matter if you win or lose... it's how you play the game.
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource DVD review
Review Rope may not be Alfred Hitchcock's finest film, but it is important to his body of work in a number of ways. Made in 1948, it was the Master of Suspense's first movie in color. In addition, the director abandoned his idea of "pure cinema" in favor of a scenario that was shot in continuous takes.
Reviewer Rod Armstrong
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Remastered
Product Attributes
Actor Stewart,James
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Christopher Null, Rope is a complex and dazzlingly unique picture.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide interesting, highly theatrical experiment...

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