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Rope (1948)

Joan Chandler , Constance Collier  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joan Chandler, Constance Collier, John Dall, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y11
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    James Stewart stars with Farley Granger and John Dall in a highly-charged thriller inspired by the real-life Leopold-Loeb murder case. Granger and Dall give riveting performances as two friends who strangle a classmate for intellectual thrills, then proceed to throw a party for the victim's family and friends - with the body stuffed inside the trunk they use for a buffet table. As the killers turn the conversation to committing the "perfect murder", their former teacher (Stewart) becomes increasingly suspicious. Before the night is over, the professor will discover how brutally his students have turned his academic theories into chilling reality in Hitchcock's spellbinding excursion into the macabre.

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    155 of 162 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Classic Finally Given Its Due May 23, 2001
    Format:DVD
    Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, the first film that the Master of Suspense filmed in Technicolor, has languished in largely undeserved mediocrty since its release in 1948. The film didn't do well theatrically in the US, and subsequent versions (VHS) were made from terrible-quality originals. Finally, Universal has seen fit to release on DVD a marvelously restored version of a truly fine film.
    Rope, based on a play of the same name, which was in turn based on a real murder case in 1924, opens with two friends - played by John Dall and Farley Granger - strangling a classmate with a length of rope. The body is then stuffed in a trunk that the two use as a buffet table during an upcoming dinner party - a party partially in their murdered friend's honor.
    As the movie progresses, the friends' professor - played exceedingly well by James Stewart in one of his best-acted roles - eventually begins to suspect the crime. As the two students engage him in a discussion about Nietzschian philosophy, and specifically philosophy of the ubermensch (overman or superman), Stewart's character puts two and two together. The tension is so tight you hold your breath for the last half-hour, wondering if Stewart knows, and if he does, what he's going to do about it - and, more importantly, if he's in danger, too.
    Much has been made of the technical side of the film - Hitch wanted it as close to a stage play as possible, and the entire movie has only nine (well-hidden) breaks - as well as the homosexual overtones, but the real genius in Rope comes from the acting and direction. As opposed to today's "roller-coaster ride" action movies, Rope builds slowly, layering tension upon tension until the viewer just can't wait anymore to find out what happens.
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    48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars ROPED IN October 13, 2001
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    Based on an actual murder case and directed by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, Rope tells the story of two very close, well to do roommates Phillip and Brandon who strangle David, an old school chum, just for kicks. To further increase the exhilaration of their dastardly deed, the duo deem it delicious to desecrate the dead by placing his body into a chest and serving their dinner party guests a banquet on its decorated top. The guests of honor at this most perverse soirée include their former prep school professor Rupert Cadell (James Stewart), the murder victim's parents, his fiancé, and her former boyfriend. This tapestry provides tension for Phillip as he is nervous about being caught and questions abound as to David's whereabouts. Interestingly, Brandon feels smug even justified as he views the act of murder to be relegated to a select superior few.
    Rope explores Nietzsche's concept of the "übermensch" or "superman" in which society's people are divided into two groups. Those who believe in the concepts of right and wrong and behave accordingly are deemed inferior beings and therefore unnecessary. While those who are enlightened enough to realize that one is free to act according to their own volition because there are no such primitive or external constraints on behavior are deemed superior. In this worldview, homicide is justifiable because the intellectually superior are actually bettering society by eliminating the inferior and their drain on its resources. The story comes to a head when Professor Cadell who taught Phillip and Brandon these nihilistic concepts begins to suspect that they practiced what he preached by killing David.
    Rope was shot with eight; 10-minute reels to give the illusion of one seamless, continuous take.
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    29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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    ROPE is a very experimental-and highly underrated-Hitchcock film. The film (based on the play ROPE'S END and, although loosely, the Leopold-Loeb murder) begins when two young men (John Dall and Farley Granger) murder a college student for fun and because he is a "lesser" man. As a celebration they throw a party inviting the victim's parents, his girlfriend, her ex-boyfriend who Dall would like to put her with, and their old college teacher (James Stewart). ROPE is a highly entertaining and suspenseful film. The experimental angle comes as the film was shot entirely in eight ten-minute takes, (or was that ten eight-minute takes?) giving the impression that it was all one shot. The casting is great, with Dall perfect as the psychotic murderer, Sir Cedric Hardwicke memorable as the victim's father, and Stewart...well, you can't say too many good things about him, though it takes him a while to appear. While not as good as some of Hitchcock's earlier (THE 39 STEPS, REBECCA) or later (VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST) masterpieces, ROPE is very well made film, perfect for fans of Hitchcock, Stewart, or suspense films in general.
    ROPE's final rating: 9 out of 10
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Rope" - - A Hitchcock Classic January 12, 1999
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    Format:VHS Tape
    "Rope" - - an Alfred Hitchcock film with a unique style and plotline, with unusual yet effective cinematography and some of the best actors to play the leading roles. Adapted from a theatre piece, the one-set, appox. 80 minute long movie was simply ahead of its time. The premise is as follows: Two men strangle a fellow classmate for intellectual thrills, and continue to flaunt their macabre working at a dinner party held after the murder. The party is made up of the dead man's friends and family, the maid, and the dead man's former teacher. While one of the murderers is daring and proud, dropping subtle hints to the partygoers of what was actually happening, the other becomes more and more nervous as the deceased's teacher becomes ever-so-close to discovering the horrible truth, and the fact that the chest that the body is stuffed in is the very buffet table they all had been eating off of. Based on the Leopold/Loeb murder case, "Rope" is a probing psychological thriller. May not be a "Scream" or "I Know What You Did Last Summer", but it is definately a nail-biter that ranks with some of Hitchcock's best.
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