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The Bedroom Window (1987)

Steve Guttenberg , Elizabeth McGovern , Curtis Hanson  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert, Paul Shenar, Carl Lumbly
  • Directors: Curtis Hanson
  • Writers: Curtis Hanson, Anne Holden
  • Producers: Martha De Laurentiis, Robert Towne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GNOSDG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bedroom Window" on IMDb

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Architect Terry Lambert (Steve Guttenberg) takes pity on Sylvia Wentworth (Isabelle Huppert), the apparently put-upon wife of his brutish boss (Paul Shenar). Terry commences an affair with Sylvia and during a break between seductions, Sylvia hears a woman screaming from outside her bedroom window. She looks down to see a mysterious man strangling helpless victim Denise (Elizabeth McGovern). By the time Terry comes to the window, he can see only a crowd of spectators. The next day, Terry learns that another girl has been attacked and murdered, and begins to deduce that the killer may be the same person who assaulted Denise. He wants to go to the police, but Sylvia refuses to get involved. Or is she already involved?

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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master trumped by apprentice. July 22, 2002
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Format:DVD
This will probably be the only movie starring Steve Guttenberg that I'll give 5 stars to, so listen up. OK, that was a little harsh. Actually, Steve's tolerable here. He plays a yuppie who commences an affair with his boss's wife (Isabelle Huppert). While a yuppie probably isn't out of his range, French beauty Isabelle Huppert IS . . . but then, in Hitch's *Rear Window*, Grace Kelly was way out of Jimmy Stewart's league. Guttenberg, over and beyond his short-lived bankability in the mid-80's, was clearly a deliberate casting choice by director Curtis Hanson: he's a perfect Everyday Shmo that we can "identify" with, like Stewart's rubes used to be (before the country stopped being so corny). *The Bedroom Window* imitates Hitchcock in more ways than merely casting and the title. It "homages" the Master in the best way: by fashioning an exceedingly clever plot that compares favorably, in many cases MORE favorably, quite frankly, with Hitchock's narrative contrivances. The plot strands get SO involved that it's hardly worth trying to recount them; it's easier to just recommend the movie. *The Bedroom Window* is nothing less than a formally perfect imitation of elements in Hitchcock's best films. Even Guttenberg's perky acting ("I wanna turn myself in!" he chirps on the phone to the cops after he's on the run) is reminiscent of Cary Grant's smirking aplomb in the face of Kafka-esque bad luck in *North By Northwest*. And Elizabeth McGovern's disguise late in the movie recalls Kim Novak transforming physically for the sake of some guy's lust in *Vertigo*. Having said all this, you might be asking, "Why not just watch Hitchcock?" It's the perfect question for Gus Van Zant's pointless, unimaginative, frame-for-frame re-make of *Psycho*. Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guttenberg Great November 6, 2006
Format:DVD
This is indeed Steve Guttenberg's best drama. Being a huge fan of Hitchcock's works and other suspense movies like "Along Came a Spider" and "Body Double", I found this movie pretty good. I personally think Steve is a decent actor, just limited in roles suited to him. This role was suited to him as was "Cocoon". Purest may not be impressed by this movie, but those not so demanding should find this worth their while.

The story in a nutshell is Guttenberg is sleeping with the bosses wife so when she sees an attempted murder she can't report it so Steve does instead. Since it is a man reporting they are more suspicious of him thinking either he's a voyuer or worse yet perhaps the perpetrator. Things get tense as he tries to prove his innocence and the real culprit is aware of the bosses wife and him. Is this a ripoff of the Hitchcock movie. A little, but the update and slight story change make it interesting and different enough that I found it entertaining.

By the way don't buy this DVD from a scalper for a ridiculous price. It is being redistributed in November 2006. I pre-ordered mine for $9.99.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Gem From Curtis Hanson March 3, 2007
Format:DVD
Sitting down to watch a suspense film with a title like "Bedroom Window" led my movie addled brain to start looking for connections to Hitchcock's "Rear Window." And they are there, from the crime witnessed through a window with limited information to the directing of Curtis Hanson that relies heavily on techniques that were used throughout "Rear Window." You know, shot of voyeur watching somebody suspicious, cut to suspicious guy doing something, cut back to voyeur for reaction shot. The Hitchcock references do not stop there however, rather the entire film is a cornucopia of homages. We have a psycho killer who lives at home with his faceless, controlling mother. Plus the main storyline is that of a man, a Wrong Man if you will, who falls under the hostile eye of the police for a crime he did not commit. So yes, you have seen it all before, but I happily gobbled it up all over again, and then realized that what I had just consumed was actually better than most of Hitchcock's oeuvre.

The plot is one of those that motors along solely because nothing ever goes right. All of the twists are perfectly thought out and it makes for a delightfully messed up tale, but it all totally unrealistic because, come on, who is ever really that unlucky? Terry (Steve Guttenberg) is having an affair with his boss' blonde, accented wife when she spies an assault outside his apartment. The next day a different girl turns up dead a few blocks away but Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert) can't go to the police because that would expose their little tryst. So Terry, trying to be a hero, takes her place and reports the crime. Soon after he is convinced that he has found the real killer himself which leads to him chasing this man, Carl Henderson (Brad Greenquist), around town until his suspicions are verified.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable...even after a handul of viewings. June 28, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This video is a part of my collection, and even though Steve Guttenberg is, as they say, no Jimmy Stewart, there is something about him that is very appealing. You will find this movie to have just the right amount of suspense (and romance) to keep you interested and there are a couple of great supporting actors: Paul Shenar in particular and Wallace Shawn who is a hoot as the defense attorney. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Movie
This is a fun movie to watch, even though the plot runs thin as it progresses. I bought it mainly to see Elizabeth McGovern before she became Lady Granthom on Downton Abbey!
Published 5 days ago by MARILYN R BEJMA
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT IN GOOD CONDITION
IT WAS LOOSE IN THE CASE IT WONT PLAY I GUESS BECAUSE IT IS SCRATHED
Published 11 days ago by Daphnne
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this thriller!
Excellent movie & definitely never given the recognition it deserved.
Published 17 days ago by Dana Mania
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock meets Baltimore!
This was a great overlooked murder thriller paying hommage to Alfred Hitchcock. Steve Guttenberg played a serious, romantic role for a change. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Savvy Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice thriller.
I recommend this film to 80's film buffs. A really good story line and good action. Isabella Huppert is also a plus.
Published 4 months ago by Joisey Marine
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seventh Commandment, revisited
This film cleverly and ingeniously shows the price to be paid by adultery, and how difficult it can be to punish for rape (and attempted rape). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen J. Whitfield
3.0 out of 5 stars average
just ok. a bit ordinary and predictable. Not the best acting by Guttenbery and Elizabeth ( can remember her last name right now). But I normally like both. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Blohm
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC BUT GOODIE MOVIE
EXCELLENT AND SUSPENSEFUL MOVIE OF THE MID 80'S. STEVE GUTTENBERG WAS SEXY AS EVER. THE SEXY PART WITH HIM ON THE COUCH, WAS VERY HOT!!! YAHOOO!!!!
Published 5 months ago by T. MILES
1.0 out of 5 stars A real Sleeper!
This movie was so slow. I had to restart it again after taking a nap. It did not hold my attention at all.
Published 7 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Guttenberg and McGovern
Good plot, well made, good acting. Plenty of surprises. Guttenberg typically does comedy but in this dramatic effort he is the same character, bumbling along, a victim of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bob Morton
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