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Rope (1948)

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Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

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Alfred Hitchcock

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Hogan ... David Kentley
John Dall ... Brandon
Farley Granger ... Phillip
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Wilson
Douglas Dick ... Kenneth
Joan Chandler Joan Chandler ... Janet
Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Kentley (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Constance Collier ... Mrs. Atwater
James Stewart ... Rupert Cadell
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Storyline

Brandon and Philip are two young men who share a New York City apartment. They consider themselves intellectually superior to their friend David Kentley, and as a consequence, decide to murder him. Together they strangle David with a rope and placing the body in an old chest, they proceed to hold a small party. The guests include David's father, his fiancée Janet, and their old schoolteacher Rupert, from whom they mistakenly took their ideas. As Brandon becomes increasingly more daring, Rupert begins to suspect. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Rope See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Alfred Hitchcock's inspiration for the long takes came from a BBC Television broadcast of Rope (1939). The producer, Dallas Bower, decided on the technique in order to keep the murder chest constantly in shot. See more »

Goofs

During the tussle between Philip and Rupert, the gun fires and injures Rupert's hand. Following which, Rupert takes out his handkerchief to tie his wound. But he only manages to loosely hold it in his left hand. Then, when he walks over to the chest and opens it. In the shot of the handkerchief, it is perfectly wrapped around Rupert's wounded hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brandon: [David screams, to Phillip] Open it.
[they put David in the trunk and close it]
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, the first credit is for the character of David Kentley who is only seen for a couple of seconds and has no spoken lines. Most of the other characters are listed with a descriptive phrase showing their relationship to David Kentley, or relationship among each other, just above the credit line(s) listing the character name and actor. The description and character name pairings are as follows: His friends - Brandon, Phillip; Their housekeeper - Mrs. Wilson; David's rival - Kenneth; David's girl - Janet; His father - Mr. Kentley; His aunt - Mrs. Atwater. The last character listed, Rubert Cadell, is the only one besides David Kentley without such a descriptive phrase. Also, David Kentley and Rupert Cadell are the only characters listed with both first and last names. See more »

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Soundtracks

Mouvement perpetuel no. 1
(1919) (uncredited)
Written by Francis Poulenc
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Hitchcock And Actors
1 May 2017 | by peterzullmanSee all my reviews

You know the quote about Actors being cattle. Hitchcock corrected saying he never said that actors were cattle what he said was that actors "should be treated" like cattle. Great actors give perfect performances in Hitchcok films. Think of Grant and Bergman in Notorious, Cotten in Shadow Of A Doubt not to mention Anthony Perkins in Psycho. Often the improbabilities of the plot become totally credible by the credibility of the performances. Here, John Dall and Farley Granger act and act to outrageously that it's impossible to believe they can get away with it for more than five minutes. Their characters are impossible to warm up to like it happened with Anthony Perkins in Psycho or with Colin Firth in Apartment Zero, no matter how sickly those characters are you can't help connect with their humanity. Hitchcock in Rope seemed much more taken by the technical wizardry and it is unquestionably fun to watch. So Rope provided me with superficial pleasures and sometimes that's enough.


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