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This film is loosely based on the Loeb-Leopold killing of Bobby Franks in the Hyde Park section of Chicago in the early 1920s. The entire film is set inaon elegant living room in a Manhattan apartment and the two young men who have murdered a "friend" have placed his body in a trunk and then use that trunk as a buffet table for their party. Creepy. They try to manipulate their guests much as Loeb and Leopold tried to manipulate the cops in the days following their murder of a fourteen year old boy. John Dall and Farley Granger play two men apparently in a sexual relationship and who appear to be devoid of conscience. Murder, to them, is theoretical and is the best option for people they believe are below them in ability and stature. While most of the guests become concerned at the absence of David who is, of course, in the wooden chest, it is James Stewart who becomes the voice of reason and decency. He knows what cold hearted, self-centered psychopaths Brandon and Phillip really are. This is a good film although Compulsion is a far better telling of the actual Loeb/Leopold crime story. James Stewart is good in this film but it's not his best. He actually seems a bit out of place in that crowd of dilettantes. He is too much of a regular guy and doesn't belong with such self-absorbed people. It's a good film and worth watching. Hitchcock does not disappoint.
Darn Good Movie
- Jim Smith
Among Hitch's best. Interesting plot,well paced and with an unusual flow to it that is appealing. Top cast.
Hitchcock's Experiment Fizzles
Hitchcock takes two actors from his classic thrillers (Stewart--Vertigo, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much) and Granger (Strangers on a Train) and sticks them in an overdrawn, slow, boring, and unsatisfactory examination of thrill-killing. They must have lost a bet to have taken the roles here. This is a potboiler that is made even more annoying by Hitchcock's use of a continuous shot from one camera. Watch it if you want, but it's not in the same class of any of Hitch's other thrillers.
Good Film But Not Great
- DON RILEY
This film is written like an Oscar Wilde play. Constance Collier is like a character out of 'The Importance Of Being Earnest", except this is not a comedy. But the dialogue flows like Wilde. The only characters that don't fit that mold are Farley Granger and James Stewart. I'm really not a Jimmy Stewart fan although several of his movies I love. This one is just too preachy for me, its basically a James Stewart movie. He seems to be above the other actors he may be too grand or something. But I just don't see anything happening between Stewart and the other actors. I will say that John Dall's arrogance serves as a perfect foil for Stewart's isolationist and tutoring character. This may be a smooth piece of film making but I would rather watch Orson Welles's "Compulsion". 3 1/2 stars.
This movie's dialogue eventually became the rope around the necks of the 2 collegiate stranglers! Recreational sex, recreational drugs, recreational murder- doesn't that word make it all sound so harmless- even nurturing?!
Hitchcock's first Colour film is also his most technically impressive. Dall and Granger kill their friend for the depraved enjoyment if it and invite friends, including fellow egghead, Stewart, to see what unfolds; Dall is the more intriguing of the deadly duo. Hitchcock films the story with long takes to make it seamless, which is impressive but feels too much like a way to display his technical ingenuity, thereby suppressing the story. A very fascinating film nonetheless. I give it a 3.5/5.
One of my Favorite Hitchcock Movies
- Sue Sperry
I agree that this movie is underrated and somewhat misunderstood. I think there has been too much focus on the one-shot filming technique and not enough on the content. I've always enjoyed the arch, sly dialogue peppered with uncomfortable double entendre. It's a pleasure to see James Stewart playing against type as a self aggrandizing "intellectual" espousing "shocking" theories simply for effect and to hear the sound of his own voice who is then appalled and disgusted when John Dahl as the manipulative, supreme egotist and Farley Granger as his weak acolyte take those ideas literally. Both Dahl and Granger are well cast and do a wonderful job. Yes, the movie's setting is artificial, but that doesn't detract from the theme - that certain ideas shouldn't be expressed negligently, but with caution and a sense of responsibility for the potential consequences.
Overall-4 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-5/5Screenplay-4/5Cinematography-5/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
ROPE ! (1948)
- Travis Black
"Rope" is one of my favorite Hitchcock films and i must say HIGHLY UNDERRATED Hitchcock Thriller. The first film in the series of Technicolor Hitchcock classics, and used 10 min takes to make the film seem it is shot in real time (Highly Effective). LOVE THIS HITCHCOCK CLASSIC THRILLER !
- Mr. Blandings
All Hitchcock films have a degree of artificially and unreality to them but this one takes the cake. It has the vibe of a college play rehearsal, with unsatisfying performances all around and a huge city skyline backdrop that is remarkably fake and distracting. The only good part of this thing is Stewart's acting in the brief "you gave my words unintended meaning" scene, but it doesn't validate the entire film.
Witness True Greatness Form the Master!
Fun dark humor, sick plot, perfect cast - what else do you want?
- James Higgins
Alfred Hitchcock is such an amazing director with a such a gift for the vision of how the final film will come out. Wonderfully acted by everyone, the claustrophobic setting adds to the tension of the film, a touch Hitchcock has used before and since. This was his first film in color, and his first with Jimmy Stewart. Extremely well written, interesting art direction and vivid characterizations.
rope is dope
There is nothing like a Hichcock film after dark, and on a Sunday before the work week, is the best way to round off your weekend. Rope is one of my favorite Hitch movies with everything that mordern movies all most always are lacking.
Hitchcock's Murderous Intent
- Jarrod McDonald
Alfred Hitchcock is the undisputed master of horror suspense and macabre comedy. For modern audiences who loved The Talented Mr. Ripley which was more explicit with less implied, the connection to Hitchcock's Rope will seem obvious. Rope was made in the late 40s and seems to be very ahead of its time with its story involving two homosexual killers. Maybe it's just me, but there's something fascinating about the idea of two men with secrets hooking up and it being deadly. Of course the themes in Rope were carried forward by Hitch himself in his later film Strangers on a Train with its gay undertones...again, men arranging a killing. Now, fastforward to the more recent Murderous Intent, which was not gay, but here we have two cute sociopaths suggesting the idea that they may have been 'more' than friends.'
A very underated Hitchcock. In my opinion one of his best. Great cast and story.
well executed, well done!
- Glenn Morrison
interesting style for Hitchcock this time around but really well executed and really well done- a classic, it is in my top 5 of his films