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Rear Window

Videotape cover
Directed by Jeff Bleckner
Produced by Christopher Reeve & Jeff Bleckner
Written by Larry Gross
Eric Overmyer
Starring Christopher Reeve
Daryl Hannah
Robert Forster
Music by David Shire
Cinematography Ken Kelsch
Editing by Geoffrey Rowland
Distributed by American Broadcasting Company
Hallmark Entertainment
Release date(s) November 22, 1998 (USA)
Running time 89 min.
Language English

Rear Window is a 1998 American television movie directed by Jeff Bleckner. The teleplay by Larry Gross and Eric Overmyer is an updated adaptation of the classic 1954 feature film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, which was based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich. It was broadcast in the US by ABC on November 22, 1998.

In Australia, the video release was distributed by Paramount Pictures, which originally released the 1954 film.

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Plot synopsis

Quadriplegic Jason Kemp, a former architect who now uses a wheelchair, relieves the boredom of his daily existence by engaging in voyeurism, a pastime that allows him to spy on his neighbors from the rear window of his apartment. When he witnesses sculptor Julian Thorpe viciously beat his wife Ilene, he reports the incident to 911 and the police remove him from his home. Thorpe is released the following day, and that night Kemp hears a blood-curdling scream from the courtyard. From that moment on, Ilene is missing from her apartment, apparently replaced by another woman. Kemp, certain she was murdered by her husband, tries to convince his girlfriend Claudia, nurse Antonio, and friend Charlie his suspicion is true. Thorpe slowly comes to the realization Kemp is aware of his crime, and engages him in a deadly game of cat and mouse in an effort to silence him forever.

Production notes

The role of Jason Kemp was the first for Christopher Reeve following the 1995 Memorial Day fall from horseback riding that left him paralyzed. Scenes detailing his character's rehabilitation were based on his own physical therapy experiences. On the set the actor reached a personal milestone: speaking without being plugged into his ventilator for the first time [1].

Rear Window was filmed on location in New York City, at the Burke Rehabiliation Center (where Reeve was being treated) in White Plains, New York, and in two converted Otis Elevator warehouses in Yonkers.

Principal cast

Critical reception

In his review in Entertainment Weekly, Ken Tucker said, "Reeve's real-life tragedy lends true fear to the scene in which the bad guy cuts off Jason's air-supply tube. But the problem here isn't Reeve's performance so much as it is the slack, awkwardly updated, and frequently confusing teleplay by Eric Overmyer and Larry Gross. The production also could have used a supporting character with the vim and vinegar of the original's Thelma Ritter." [2]

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