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A 1948 film written by Hume Cronyn and Arthur Laurents, produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Quite unique in that the entire film was shot with just one camera.

  • Dec 14, 2008
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Though "Rope" is by no means one of Alfred Hitchcock's best known films it ranks as one of my favorites.  The story revolves around two college students who decide to commit murder "just for the fun of it".  To make things even more interesting the boys decide to have a party with their deceased friends corpse hidden right in the the room!   They are so bold as to invite the victims fiancee and parents as well!   It looks for all the world like they are going to get away with it until one of their professors (played masterfully by Jimmy Stewart) comes to the party and begins to put two and two together.  As I indicated in the headline what makes this film so unique is that  it was shot with just one camera.  You might not even realize it at first but if you are aware of it from the outset it only adds to your enjoyment of this flick.  "Rope" proves to be yet another master stroke by Alfred Hitchcock   Highly recommended! 
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August 24, 2010
I agree, his transitions between cuts were ground-breaking but I did find it quite amusing after we zoomed into the back of someone for about the fourth time. And what can you say about James Stewart.....he really made that movie for me.
December 14, 2008
It's not my fave Hitchcock film, but it is certainly up there. I believe the entire film was shot as one scene, right?
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review by . June 14, 2012
Just okay; not great
Two pompous young men (John Dall, Farley Granger) commit a murder just for the thrill and satisfaction of pulling off the perfect crime. They hide the body in their living room and then host a cocktail party as if nothing happened. But one guest, their old prep school house master (James Stewart), is suspicious right from the start.      Hitchcock wanted to experiment in filming longer takes, up to ten minutes long, rather than the typical take of just a few seconds. It makes …
Quick Tip by . August 24, 2010
A great performance by James Stewart and an interesting look at how Hitchcock's techniques developed with the use of the camera and transitions.
review by . December 09, 2009
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"Rope"    A Forgotten Hitchcock Classic    Amos Lassen    "Rope" is Alfred Hitchcock's first color film and it is a compelling view. What Hitchcock does here and what he has always done so well is to show the selfishness and superficiality of America's culture by giving us two guys who think of themselves as intellectuals. Brandon and Phillip twist Nietzche's words to cover up a crime and then use a party as a fa├žade. The film looks beneath …
review by . December 02, 2008
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Pros: It is short      Cons: Even the best make mistakes, Rope counts for about a dozen      The Bottom Line: There is not one single thing I can think of to inspire anyone to watch this failed experiment.       Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.   Rope is famous for its one continuous “take.”  Um . . . to quote a professor of mine who loved movies but didn’t …
review by . June 01, 2007
"Rope," Alfred Hitchcock's first color film, is an adaptation of the play by Patrick Hamilton, which was re-named "Rope's End" when it hit Broadway. It is also loosely based upon the real-life Leopold/Loeb case. Like Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder," "Rope" feels like it was created for the stage, using only one set and virtually no music. One of the most intriguing aspects of the film is that it was filmed in "real time," meaning that the 80 minutes which the film spans is intended to be a straight …
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Rope is a 1948 film written by Hume Cronyn and Arthur Laurents, produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger. It is the first of Hitchcock's Technicolor films, and is notable for taking place in real time and being edited so as to appear as a single continuous shot.

The film was based on the play Rope by Patrick Hamilton, which was said to be inspired by the real-life murder of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by two University of Chicago students named Leopold and Loeb who simply wanted to show that they could commit a murder and get away with it. However, they were both arrested and received long prison terms.

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 28, 1948
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 1hr 25min
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