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Rosemary's Baby

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Directed by Roman Polanski
Produced by William Castle
Written by Novel:
Ira Levin
Roman Polanski
Starring Mia Farrow
John Cassavetes
Ruth Gordon
Sidney Blackmer
Maurice Evans
Ralph Bellamy
Music by Krzysztof Komeda
Cinematography William A. Fraker
Editing by Sam O'Steen
Bob Wyman
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 12, 1968
Running time 136 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,200,000 (est.)
Followed by Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American horror/thriller film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The film received mostly positive reviews and earned numerous nominations and awards. The film has led to numerous references in film, television, music and other media. The American Film Institute ranked the film 9th in their 100 Years…100 Thrills list.


Plot summary

The story focuses on Rosemary Woodhouse, a bright but somewhat naïve young housewife, and her struggling actor husband Guy, as they move into the Bramford, a New York City apartment building with a history of unsavory tenants and mysterious events. Their neighbors are an elderly and slightly absurd couple, Minnie and Roman Castevet, who tend to be meddlesome but seem harmless. Guy becomes unusually close to the pair while Rosemary tries to maintain a distance from them. Guy lands a role in a play when the actor originally cast suddenly and inexplicably goes blind. Soon afterward he suggests that he and Rosemary have the child they had planned. On the night they plan to try to conceive, Minnie brings them individual ramekins of chocolate mousse, but Rosemary finds hers has a chalky under-taste and surreptitiously throws it away after a few tastes. Shortly afterward, she has a dizzy spell and passes out. She experiences what she perceives to be a strange dream in which she is raped by a demonic presence.

A few weeks later, Rosemary learns she is pregnant, and is due on June 28, 1966 (6/66). She plans to be treated by Dr. Hill, recommended by her friend Elise, but the Castevets insist she see their good friend, famed obstetrician Dr. Sapirstein. For the first three months of her pregnancy, Rosemary suffers severe abdominal pains, loses weight, and craves raw meat and chicken liver. The doctor insists the pain will subside soon and assures her she has nothing to worry about. At the Castavets' New Year's Eve party, Roman raises a toast to "1966: the Year One".

When her old friend Hutch sees Rosemary's wan appearance, he is disturbed enough to do some research, and he plans to share his findings with her but falls into a coma before they can meet. He subsequently dies but before he does instructs his friend Grace Cardiff to deliver the book about witchcraft on his desk to Rosemary. Photographs, passages in the text he marked, and the cryptic message "the name is an anagram" lead the young mother-to-be to realize Roman Castevet is really Steven Marcato, the son of a former resident of the Bramford who was accused of worshiping Satan. She suspects her neighbors are part of a cult with sinister designs for her baby, and Guy is cooperating with them in exchange for their help in advancing his career. She deduces that Dr. Saperstein is also a part of the conspiracy when his front desk clerk comments that he often smells of tannis root—a fungus called "Devil's Pepper"—which Rosemary also smells (a good luck charm given to her by Minnie is full of tannis root).

An increasingly disturbed Rosemary shares her fears and suspicions with Dr. Hill, who, assuming she is suffering from a hormonal imbalance, calls Dr. Sapirstein and Guy. The two men bring her home, at which point Rosemary goes into labor. When she awakens following the delivery of her baby she is told the child died shortly after birth. However, when she hears an infant's cries somewhere in the building, she suspects he still is alive. In the hall closet, she discovers a secret door leading into the Castevet apartment, where the coven meets, and finds the congregation gathered, worshipping her newborn son, the spawn of Satan. The coven urges Rosemary to become a mother to her son, Adrian. The film ends with her adjusting her son's blankets and gently rocking his cradle.




In Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective, a featurette on the DVD release of the film, screenwriter/director Roman Polanski, Paramount Pictures executive Robert Evans, and production designer Richard Sylbert reminisce at length about the production. Evans recalled William Castle brought him the galley proofs of the book and asked him to purchase the film rights even before Random House released the publication. The studio head recognized the commercial potential of the project and agreed with the stipulation that Castle, who had a reputation for low-budget horror films, could produce but not direct the film adaptation. He makes a cameo as the man at the phone booth waiting for Mia Farrow to finish her call.

Evans admired Polanski's European films and hoped he could convince him to make his American debut with Rosemary's Baby. He knew the director was a ski buff who was anxious to make a film with the sport as its basis, so he sent him the script for Downhill Racer along with the galleys for Rosemary. Polanski read the latter book non-stop through the night and called Evans the following morning to tell him he thought Rosemary was the more interesting project, and would like the opportunity to write as well as direct it.

Polanski, having never before adapted a screenplay, was not aware that he was allowed to make changes from the source material, leading to the film being extremely faithful to the novel and including many lines of dialogue drawn directly from Levin's book. Author Ira Levin claimed that during a scene in which Guy mentions wanting to buy a particular shirt advertised in The New Yorker, Polanski was unable to find the specific issue with the shirt advertised and phoned Levin for help. Levin, who had assumed while writing that any given issue of The New Yorker would contain an ad for men's shirts, admitted that he had made it up.[1]


Polanski envisioned Rosemary as a robust, full-figured, girl-next-door type, and he wanted Tuesday Weld or his own wife Sharon Tate for the role. Since the book had not reached bestseller status yet, Evans was unsure the title alone would guarantee an audience for the film, and he felt a bigger name was needed for the lead. With only a supporting role in Guns at Batasi and the not-yet-released A Dandy in Aspic as her only feature film credits, Mia Farrow had an unproven box office track record, but her role as Allison MacKenzie in the popular television series Peyton Place and her unexpected marriage to Frank Sinatra had made her a household name. Despite her waif-like appearance (which would ultimately prove beneficial to the character, as Rosemary became more frail as her pregnancy progressed), Polanski agreed to cast her. Her acceptance incensed Sinatra, who had demanded she forgo her career when they wed, and he served her divorce papers via a corporate lawyer, in front of the cast and crew midway through filming. In an effort to salvage her relationship, Farrow asked Evans to release her from her contract, but he persuaded her to remain with the project after showing her an hour-long rough cut and assuring her she would receive an Academy Award nomination for her performance.

Robert Redford was the first choice for the role of Guy Woodhouse, but he turned down the offer. Jack Nicholson was considered briefly before Polanski suggested John Cassavetes.

Sylbert was a good friend of Garson Kanin, who was married to Ruth Gordon, and he suggested her for the role of Minnie Castevet. He also suggested The Dakota, an Upper West Side apartment building known for its show business tenants, be used for the Bramford. Its hallways were not as worn and dark as Polanski wanted, but when the building's owners would not allow interior filming, that became a moot point and it was used for exterior shots only.

Polanski wanted to cast Hollywood old-timers as the coven members but did not know any by name. He drew sketches of how he envisioned each character, and they were used to fill the roles. In every instance, the actor cast strongly resembled Polanski's drawing. These included Ralph Bellamy, Patsy Kelly, Elisha Cook, Jr., Phil Leeds, and Hope Summers.

When Rosemary calls Donald Baumgart, the actor who goes blind and is replaced by Guy, the voice heard is that of actor Tony Curtis. Mia Farrow, who had not been told who would be reading Baumgart's lines, recognized the voice but could not place it. The slight confusion she displays throughout the call was exactly what Polanski hoped to capture by not revealing Curtis' identity in advance.


Sydney Guilaroff designed the wig worn by Mia Farrow in the film's early scenes. It was removed to reveal the Vidal Sassoon hairdo that made headlines when Farrow cut her trademark long hair during filming of Peyton Place.

One of Mia Farrow's more emotionally charged scenes occurs in the midst of a party, when several of Rosemary's female friends lock Guy out of the kitchen as they console her in private. The scene was shot in a single day. That morning, just before the first take was filmed, a private messenger served Farrow with formal divorce papers from Frank Sinatra. As she read the documents, Farrow fell to her knees on the kitchen floor and openly wept in front of the cast and crew. Roman Polanski insisted that the day be canceled and filming be postponed until the next day, when he would start consecutively filming as many scenes as possible that did not contain Rosemary. Farrow openly would not accept this, insisting that nothing had changed. The day's filming concluded on time and without delay.

When Farrow was reluctant to film a scene that depicted a dazed and preoccupied Rosemary wandering into the middle of a Manhattan street into oncoming traffic, Polanski pointed to her pregnancy padding and reassured her, "no one's going to hit a pregnant woman".[2]

Critical reception

Rosemary's Baby has a 98% "Certified Fresh" rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with 46 of the 47 reviews being positive.[3] In her review for The New York Times, Renata Adler said, "The movie—although it is pleasant—doesn't seem to work on any of its dark or powerful terms. I think this is because it is almost too extremely plausible. The quality of the young people's lives seems the quality of lives that one knows, even to the point of finding old people next door to avoid and lean on. One gets very annoyed that they don't catch on sooner."[4]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "a brooding, macabre film, filled with the sense of unthinkable danger. Strangely enough it also has an eerie sense of humor almost until the end. It is a creepy film and a crawly film, and a film filled with things that go bump in the night. It is very good...much more than just a suspense story; the brilliance of the film comes more from Polanski's direction, and from a series of genuinely inspired performances, than from the original story . . . The best thing that can be said about the film, I think, is that it works. Polanski has taken a most difficult situation and made it believable, right up to the end. In this sense, he even outdoes Hitchcock."[5]

Variety stated, "Several exhilarating milestones are achieved in Rosemary's Baby, an excellent film version of Ira Levin's diabolical chiller novel. Writer-director Roman Polanski has triumphed in his first US-made pic. The film holds attention without explicit violence or gore . . . Farrow's performance is outstanding."[6]


In the 1976 television movie Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby, Patty Duke starred as Rosemary Woodhouse and Ruth Gordon reprised her role of Minnie Castevet.

For the scene where Rosemary is raped by Satan, Rosemary's Baby ranked #23 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. Contrary to an urban legend, Anton LaVey did not play the role of Satan in the rape scene of Rosemary's Baby. In fact it was actor Clay Tanner, and no technical advisor was used.[7][8]

Thirty years after he wrote Rosemary's Baby, Ira Levin wrote Son of Rosemary, a sequel which he dedicated to the film's star, Mia Farrow. Reaction to the book was mixed, but it made the best seller lists nationwide.

Awards and honors

Academy Awards

Golden Globes

Other awards


A 2009-2010 remake of Rosemary's Baby was briefly considered. The intended producers were Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller.[9] The remake fell through in late 2008.[10]

In popular culture


Music and T.V.

  • The Interpol song "Evil" from their 2004 album Antics makes reference to Rosemary's character in the first verse of the song.
  • The Metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada title of the song "Rosemary had an Accident" from their album Patterns Of A Horizon is a homage to the movie.
  • The Hardcore punk band Rosemary's Babies took the pluralized version of the title as a statement of their horror film influences.
  • Richard "Popcorn" Wylie's song "Rosemary, what happened?" is sung from the point of view of a friend who notices what is happening to her in her marriage, stating "he has the devil in his eye"
  • The band Twink covered the theme song using a variety of toy pianos.
  • The Tubes exclaim "Rosemary's Baby!" during the outro to the 1975 song "What Do You Want From Life".
  • Today Is the Day uses a (or several) sample(s) from this movie near the end of the song "Never Answer The Phone" off the album "Sadness Will Prevail"
  • The theme song to the film is covered by the band Fantomas in their album "Directors Cut"
  • Hardcore band Charles Bronson uses several sound clips from the film.
  • Laibach's 1992 Album "Kapital" samples the film on two tracks: "Kinderreich" (sampling Mia Farrow's vocals from the film's theme song) and "Sponsored By Mars" (sampling Maurice Evan's shouts of "Typhoon! Typhoon!" from the scene where Rosemary dreams she is aboard a ship.)
  • In the 1992 animated film Bébé's Kids, the animated version of Robin Harris remarks "I thought the devil was through when he made Rosemary's Baby, but oh no! Oh no! Now we got...Bébé's Kids!".
  • Other musical references to the film are by Deep Purple on "Why didn't Rosemary?", by Frumious Bandersnatch on "Rosemary's Baby" and by Samsas Traum on "Kamikaze!".
  • Outkast references Rosemary's Baby in the song Git Up, Git Out on their 1994 album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik: "I used to hang out with my daddy's brothers, I call them my uncles. They taught me how to smoke herb, I followed them when they ran numbers. So in a sense I was Rosemary's baby".
  • The Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper song, "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)," contains dialogue from the film. The phrases exclaimed by Sidney Blackmer during the film's climax – "Satan lives!", "Hail Satan!" and "God is Dead!" – and the baby's cry can be heard in the song.
  • British progressive band Radio Massacre International released dark, ambient piece Rosemary's Baby on their 1995 album Frozen North.
  • The plot of the South Park episode "Woodland Critter Christmas" is based on Rosemary's Baby.
  • In an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise Captain Archer mentions to Commander T'Pol that they were showing Rosemary's Baby in the mess hall for movie night. He assured the Commander that it would " Scare the hell out of her!"
  • In the movie Stay Tuned, when the kids flip through the channel trying to find their parents trapped in the demonic world of television, they see a commercial advertising a show called "Three Men & Rosemary's Baby." Three men sing a lullaby for the baby that vomits at them from its carriage.
  • In the action movie-spoofing film, Last Action Hero, when Jack Slater and Danny are about to be killed by Benedict on the rooftop of a cinema, he mentions a christening for Rosemary's baby as one of the things he can do with the magic ticket he stole from Danny.
  • In the sitcom Frasier Frasier refers to his agent Bebe Glazer as "Rosemary's Bebe" one of a number of references throughout the show to her satanic nature.
  • In the 1990s sitcom Roseanne, an entire episode of the ill-fated final season is a parody of Rosemary's Baby. Roseanne finds herself in a strange dream-like state where her pregnant daughter Darlene has Satan's son. Roseanne demands to speak to the baby's father, and ends up speaking to Satan himself, who has taken the form of Roseanne.
  • In the popular romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, Harry and Sally are playing Pictionary with their friends. Sally draws a picture of a large mouth with numerous arrows shooting from it. No one is able to guess what it is, and Harry shouts "Rosemary's baby!" as a guess. It ultimately turns out the answer is "baby talk."
  • In the pilot episode of Gilmore Girls, Rory says to Dean, "Geez, you're like Ruth Gordon just standing there with the tannis root. Make a noise," when he startles her, to which Dean replies, "Rosemary's Baby. That's a great movie; you have good taste."
  • In a season-five episode of the sitcom Boy Meets World, while living next to a supposed clan of witches, Shawn approaches one, saying "So, Rosemary ... how's the baby?"
  • In episodes of season 4 of Reno 911, Lt. Dangle would guess that Wiegel's unborn child is likely Rosemary's baby, or, more bluntly, the Antichrist.
  • In the Grey's Anatomy episode "It's the End of the World", Bailey refers to her interns as "Rosemary's babies" because she can't tolerate them.
  • In an episode of That '70s Show, Laurie blames her mom about the situation that her dad is angry at her. Her mom replies, "Rosemary had a better baby than me."
  • In Cycle 5 of America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks wants the beauty queen–esque contestant, Cassandra, to receive a Mia Farrow–Rosemary's Baby hairstyle. Cassandra refuses. However, Tyra later gives contestants Mollie Sue (cycle 6) and Megan (cycle 7) the style.
  • In an episode of Coach, Craig T. Nelson's character Coach Fox states he does not want Rosemary's baby.
  • The fourth episode of the second season of NBC sitcom 30 Rock is titled "Rosemary's Baby."
  • In the second-season opener of Earth: Final Conflict, as the character of Sibohan Beckett is giving birth to a hybrid child, the hacker Augur snidely answers a query as to what's going on by saying, "Does the movie Rosemary's Baby ring a bell?"
  • The Beautician and the Beast mentions a musical play of Rosemary's Baby, including the lyrics: "Tell me Ro, don't keep me waitin'." "This embryo belongs to Satan."
  • The X-Files episode "Terms of Endearment" is obviously inspired by "Rosemary's Baby".
  • In season 5 of Weeds, Nancy Botwin accuses the father of her child of making her life like Rosemary's baby after he builds her a private home birthing room.


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Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 film about a woman who discovers that her pregnancy is actually part of a satanic ritual.

Directed by Roman Polanski. Written by Roman Polanski, based on the novel by Ira Levin
Pray for Rosemary's Baby


Rosemary Woodhouse

  • Awful things happen in every apartment house.
  • This is no dream, this is really happening!
  • I like the idea of having everything fresh and natural. I'll bet expectant mothers chew bits of tannis-root when nobody'd even heard of vitamin pills.
  • Tannis anyone?
  • [describing how her pregnancy feels] It's like a wire inside me getting tighter and tighter.
  • I'm having a party for our old... I mean our young friends - Minnie and Roman are not invited. Neither is Laura-Louise nor is Dr. Sapirstein. It's gonna be a very special party. You have to be under 60 to get in.
  • Dr. Sapirstein is either lying or he's, I don't know, out of his mind. Pain like this is a warning something's wrong...And I'm not drinking Minnie's drink anymore. I want vitamins in pills like everyone else. I haven't drunk it for the last three days. I've thrown it away... I've made my own drink... I'm tired of hearing how great Dr. Sapirstein is.
  • Pain, begone, I will have no more of thee!
  • Witches... All of them witches!
  • [to Guy] Do you know who Roman really is?... He's Adrian Marcato's son...Roman Castevet is Steven Marcato rearranged... (pointing to the book's picture) There he is when he was thirteen. See the eyes?... In the same house, and look, look here. (reading) Soon after that, in August 1886, his son Steven was born. 1886 - got it? That makes him seventy-nine now. No coincidence... His father was a martyr to it. The parties with the singing and the flute, and the chanting. Those are S'baths or sabbaths, whatever they're called... They use blood in their rituals and the blood that has the most power is baby's blood. And they don't just use the blood, they use the flesh too... They're not setting foot in this apartment ever again and they're not coming within fifty feet of the baby... We're gonna sub-let and move out.
  • [to Dr. Hill] You can hear them singing through the wall... Guy said it was Dr. Shand, one of these people playing a recorder. Now, how did he know it was Dr. Shand unless he was there with them. They're very clever people. They planned everything right from the beginning. They probably made some sort of deal with Guy. They gave him success and he promised them our baby to use in their rituals. I know this sounds crazy, but I've got books here. Look. There was another actor like him, Donald Baumgart and they put a spell on him. They cast a spell on him and made him blind so that Guy could get his part. Look, here. (She shows Dr. Hill the Witchcraft book excerpt) I had this friend, Edward Hutchins. Maybe you heard of him, a writer. He wrote stories for boys. Anyway, he was my good friend since I first came to New York... Anyway, once Mr. Hutchins came to visit me...It was the time I was having this pain, Doctor. I was suffering severe - you can't imagine how much I was suffering. And they wouldn't help me, nobody would. They were giving me a drink with tannis-root in it, also witches' stuff, tannis-root. Hutch came and he immediately saw something was wrong. He knew about witches, you see. Suddenly, Guy rushed home with his make-up still on, which he never did. They probably called him to come home and steal one of Hutch's belongings - which he did. Took his glove. And they put a spell on him too. Put him in a coma. Three months later, he died. Now, maybe all of this is coincidence, but one thing is for sure, they have a coven and they want my baby.

Guy Woodhouse

  • [about having sex with Rosemary while she was passed out] It was kinda fun in a necrophile sort of way.
  • I know where you got the idea that Minnie and Roman were witches but how come you thought Abe and I joined the party, huh? Let's face it, darling, you had the pre-partum crazies. And now you're gonna rest and you're gonna get over them... From now on, everything's gonna be roses. Paramount's within an inch of where we want 'em, and suddenly Universal's interested too. And we're gonna blow this town. We're gonna be in the beautiful hills of Beverly with a pool and a spice garden - the whole schmeer. And the kids too, Ro. Scouts honor, you heard what Abe said? I've gotta run now and get famous.

Edward "Hutch" Hutchins

  • Are you aware that the Bramford had a rather unpleasant reputation around the turn of the century? It's where the Trench sisters conducted their little dietary experiments. And Keith Kennedy held his parties. Adrian Marcato lived there too... The Trench sisters were two proper Victorian ladies - they cooked and ate several young children including a niece...Adrian Marcato practiced witchcraft. He made quite a splash in the 90s by announcing that he'd conjured up the living devil. Apparently, people believed him so they attacked and nearly killed him in the lobby of the Bramford... Later, the Keith Kennedy business began and by the 20s, the house was half empty... World War II filled the house up again... They called it Black Bramford... This house has a high incidence of unpleasant happenings. In '59, a dead infant was found wrapped in newspaper in the basement...
  • You're not on one of those Zen diets, are you? Pregnant women gain weight, they don't lose it.

Roman Castevet

  • You have a most interesting inner quality, Guy. It appears in your television work too. It should take you a long way, indeed, provided, of course, that you get those initial breaks.
  • To 1966! The year one!

Minnie Castevet

  • Now! That's what I call the long arm of coincidence!
  • Anyone! Anyone! It didn't have to be a no-good slut straight from the gutter. Just as long as she is young, healthy and not a virgin!
  • [referring to Rosemary] As long as she ate the mousse, she can't see nor hear. She's like dead now.


  • Terry Gionoffrio: [about the Castevets] They picked me up off the sidewalk, literally... I was starving and on dope and doing a lot of other things. They're childless though. I'm like the daughter they never had. At first, I thought they wanted me for some kind of a sex thing but they turned out to be like real grandparents... I'd be dead now if it wasn't for them. That's an absolute fact. Dead or in jail.
  • Laura-Louise: [referring to the tannis-root charm] You'll get used to the smell before you know it.
  • Rosemary's friend: [about Dr. Sapirstein] He sounds like a sadistic nut... Pain like that is a warning that something isn't right. Go see Dr. Hill. Go see anybody besides that... nut. You can't go on suffering like this.
  • Dr. Sapirstein's secretary: He has the same smell once in a while, whatever it is, and when he does, oh boy.
  • Dr. Sapirstein: Come with us quietly, Rosemary. Don't argue or make a scene. Because if you say anything more about witches or witchcraft, we're gonna be forced to take you to a mental hospital. You don't want that, do you? So just put your shoes on.


Roman: No Pope ever visits a city where the newspapers are on strike.
Minnie: I heard he's gonna postpone and wait till it's over.
Guy: Well, that's show-biz.
Roman: [chuckling with his wife] That's exactly what it is. All the costumes or rituals, all religions.
Minnie: Uh, I think we're offending Rosemary
Rosemary: Oh no
Roman: You're not religious are you my dear?
Rosemary: I was brought up a Catholic. Now I don't know. He is the pope.
Roman: You don't need to have respect for him because he pretends that he's holy... A good picture of the hypocrisy behind organized religion was given I thought in Luther.

Mr. Nicklas: Are you a doctor?
Rosemary: He is an actor.
Mr. Nicklas: Oh! An actor! We're very popular with actors! Have I seen you in anything?
Guy: Well, I did "Hamlet" a while back, didn't I, Liz? Then we did "The Sandpiper"...
Rosemary: He's joking. He was in "Luther" and "Nobody Loves an Albatross" and a lot of TV and commercials.
Mr. Nicklas: That's where the money is, right? The commercials.
Guy: And the artistic thrill too!

Rosemary: I thought you were Victoria Vetri, the actress.
Terry Gionoffrio (played by Victoria Vetri): That's OK. Everybody thinks I'm Victoria. I don't see the resemblance, though.

Rosemary: I dreamed someone was raping me, I think it was someone inhuman.
Guy: Thanks a lot. Whatsa matter?
Rosemary: Nothing.
Guy: I didn't want to miss the night.
Rosemary: We could have done it this morning or tonight. Last night wasn't the only split-second.
Guy: I was a little bit loaded myself, you know.

Rosemary: What's in this drink?
Minnie: Snips and snails and puppy dog's tails.
Rosemary: Oh? And what if we wanted a girl?
Minnie: Do you?
Rosemary: Well, it would be nice if the first one was a boy.

Elise Dunstan: Why, congratulations, papa!
Guy: Thanks! There was nothing to it.

Guy: [on Rosemary's decision to switch doctors] You know what Dr. Hill is? He's a Charlie Nobody, that's who he is!
Rosemary: I'm tired of hearing about how great Dr. Saperstein is!
Guy: Well, I won't let you do it Ro.
Rosemary: Why not?
Guy: Well, because... because it wouldn't be fair to Saperstein.
Rosemary: Not fair to Saper - what about what's fair to me?

Guy: [about Rosemary's haircut] What the hell is that?
Rosemary: I've been to Vidal Sassoon.
Guy: You mean you actually paid for it?

Rosemary: I look awful.
Guy: What are you talking about? You look great. It's that haircut that looks awful.

Grace Cardiff: Hutch regained consciousness at the end and he thought it was the next morning. You know, when you had the appointment... I wasn't there but he told the doctor to make sure that you got the book that was on his desk. Oh, and I'm to tell you. The name is an anagram.
Rosemary: [confused] The name of the book?
Grace Cardiff: Apparently. He was delirious, so it's hard to be sure.

Dr. Sapirstein: [telling Rosemary her baby died] It was in the wrong position. In a hospital, I might have been able to do something about it, but you wouldn't listen.
Rosemary: You're lying. It didn't die. You took it. You're lying. You witches. You're lying! You're lying! You're lying! You're lying!

[Rosemary enters, carrying a knife]
Mrs. Gilmore: Rosemary! Go back to bed. You know you're not supposed to be up and around.
Japanese man: Is that the mother?
Roman: Rosemary -
Rosemary: Shut up.
Roman: Rosemary -
Rosemary: Shut up! You're in Dubrovnik. I don't hear you. [She slowly walks over to the cradle, sees her child in the bassinet - her eyes widen in terror] What have you done to it? What have you done to its eyes?
Roman: He has his father's eyes.
Rosemary: What are you talking about?! Guy's eyes are normal! What have you done to him? You maniacs!
Roman: Satan is his father, not Guy. He came up from hell and begat a son of mortal woman. [Coven members cheer 'Hail, Satan!'] Satan is his father and his name is Adrian. He shall overthrow the mighty and lay waste their temples. He shall redeem the despised and wreak vengeance in the name of the burned and the tortured. Hail, Adrian! Hail, Satan! Hail, Satan!
Minnie: He chose you out of all the world - out of all the women in the whole world, he chose you. He arranged things, because he wanted you to be the mother of his only living son.
Roman: His power is stronger than stronger! His might shall last longer than longer.
Japanese man: Hail, Satan!
Rosemary: No! It can't be! No!
Minnie: Go look at his hands.
Laura-Louise: And his feet.
Rosemary: Oh, God! [She drops her knife]
Roman: God is dead! Satan lives! The year is One, the year is One! God is dead! Why don't you help us out, Rosemary? Be a real mother to Adrian. You don't have to join if you don't want to. Just be a mother to your baby. Minnie and Laura-Louise are too old. It's not right. Think about it, Rosemary.
Rosemary: Oh, God!
Laura-Louise: Aw, shut up with your Oh, Gods or we'll kill ya - milk or no milk!
Mrs. Gilmore: You shut up. Rosemary's his mother, so you show some respect.
Roman: [to Argyron Stavropolous, one of the guests who has just arrived] Come my friend. Come see him. Come see the child.
Guy: They promised me you wouldn't be hurt and you haven't been...really. I mean, supposing you had the baby and you lost it? Wouldn't that be the same? And we're getting so much in return, Ro. [She spits in his face.]
Roman: Oh, Guy, let me introduce you to Argyron Stavropolous.
Argyron: How proud you must be. Is this the mother?
Minnie: [She gives Rosemary a cup and saucer.] Here, drink this. You'll feel a little better.
Rosemary: What's in it, tannis root?
Minnie: Nothing's in it, just plain ordinary Lipton's tea. You drink it.
[The baby starts to cry. Rosemary watches as Laura-Louise roughly rocks the bassinet, and then slowly walks over.]
Laurie-Louise: [To Rosemary] Get away from here! Roman!
Rosemary: You're rocking him too fast.
Laurie-Louise: Sit down. [To Roman] Get her out of here. Put her where she belongs.
Rosemary: You're rocking him too fast. That's why he's crying.
Laura-Louise: Oh, mind your own business.
Roman: Let Rosemary rock him. Go on, sit down with the others. Let Rosemary rock him.
Laura-Louise: Well, she's liable to -
Roman: Sit down with the others, Laura-Louise. [To Rosemary] Rock him.
Rosemary: Are you trying to get me to be his mother?
Roman: Aren't you his mother?


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