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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

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Original Title : Rosemary's Baby
Director : Roman Polanski
Writer : 
Genre : Horror
Thriller/Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : William Castle ,
Music : Krzysztof Komeda
IMDB ID : 0063522
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poster for "Rosemary's Baby" by Roman Polanski (1968)
Rosemary's Baby (1968) - Roman Polanski
 

Starring

Mia Farrow Rosemary Woodhouse
John Cassavetes Guy Woodhouse
Ruth Gordon I
Sidney Blackmer Roman Castevet
Maurice Evans Edward 'Hutch' Hutchins
Ralph Bellamy Dr. Abraham Sapirstein
Victoria Vetri Terry Gionoffrio (as Angela Dorian
Patsy Kelly Laura-Louise
Elisha Cook Jr. Mr. Nicklas (as Elisha Cook
Emmaline Henry Elise Dunstan
Charles Grodin I
Hanna Landy Grace Cardiff
Phil Leeds Dr. Shand (as Philip Leeds
D'Urville Martin Diego
Hope Summers I
Marianne Gordon Rosemary's girlfriend
Wende Wagner Tiger, Rosemary's girlfriend (as Wendy Wagner
Bill Baldwin Sr. Salesman (uncredited
Walter Baldwin Mr. Wees (uncredited
Roy Barcroft Sun-browned man (uncredited
Charlotte Boerner Mrs. Fountain (uncredited
Gail Bonney Babysitter (voice
Carol Brewster Claudia Comfort (uncredited
Lynn Brinker Sister Veronica (uncredited
Sebastian Brook Argyron Stavropoulos (uncredited
William Castle Man by pay phone (uncredited
Gordon Connell Allen Stone (Guy's agent
Patricia Ann Conway Mrs. John F. Kennedy (uncredited
Tony Curtis I
Joyce Davis I
Paul Denton Skipper (uncredited
Duke Fishman Man (uncredited
Janet Garland Nurse (uncredited
Michel Gomez I
John Halloran Mechanic (uncredited
Ernest Harada Young Japanese man (uncredited
Marilyn Harvey I
Jean Inness Sister Agnes (uncredited
Mona Knox Mrs. Byron (uncredited
Mary Louise Lawson Portia Haynes (uncredited
Natalie Masters Young woman (uncredited
Elmer Modling Young man (uncredited
Floyd Mutrux Man at party (uncredited
Patricia O'Neal Mrs. Wees (uncredited
Robert Osterloh Mr. Fountain (uncredited
Josh Peine Man at party (uncredited
Gale Peters Rain Morgan (uncredited
Joan T. Reilly Pregnant woman (uncredited
George R. Robertson I
George Savalas Workman (uncredited
Almira Sessions Mrs. Sabatini (uncredited
Michael Shillo Pope (uncredited
Bruno Sidar Mr. Gilmore (uncredited
Tom Signorelli Man at the party (uncredited
Al Szathmary Taxi driver (uncredited
Clay Tanner Devil (uncredited
 Girl at the party (uncredited
Viki Vigen Lisa (uncredited
Frank White II
 

Plot

Rosemary and her new husband, Guy, move into a new apartment in New York, befriending an elderly couple who live near by. But when another girl in the block commits suicide, Rosemary starts getting more attention than she desires, from all the wrong people. And now with her (late) friend's warnings about witches in mind, she has a new problem - the protection of her forthcoming child. But it may not be the child that needs protection. Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into an apartment in a building with a bad reputation. They discover that their neighbours are a very friendly elderly couple named Roman and Minnie Castevet, and Guy begins to spend a lot of time with them. Strange things start to happen: a woman Rosemary meets in the washroom dies a mysterious death, Rosemary has strange dreams and hears strange noises and Guy becomes remote and distant. Then Rosemary falls pregnant and begins to suspect that her neighbours have special plans for her child.
 

Comments

God and Satan make for great subjects for horror films.The reason fothat is because we know so little about either of them.Sure we have what the Bible says, but that is all just theory.If the Bible is real, I don't believe that God would truly tell us, one of his creations, how powerful he is and I certainly don't think he would tell us how powerful his arch enemy, Satan, is. So when we see movies about Michael Myers and Jason and Freddy, sometimes the later sequels try to explain their superiority with Satanic possession.After all, what other reason would there be for these beings to be so evil?That is what makes Rosemary's Baby so frightening.The fear of the unknown.To be possessed by the devil is scary, to be impregnated by the devil is dire. Mia Farrow is great in this film, Cassavettes is very good as well but it is Gordon that is the epitome of fear.She hits every note perfectly and her smile gives me the creeps.And say nothing of Polanski.This film came out before TCM.And it really shows his love of the camera because he uses it like it was his best friend here.His filming of the dream sequence and the rape was as good as any scene filmed before the early 80's.And this was a true crystal ball into how good Texas Chainsaw was going to be. Rosemary's Baby is what horror movies are all about.It has great atmosphere, haunting lighting and a very spooky score.And on one final side note, I think there is one movie character that comes to mind when I think of what the devil could have looked like as a man.If you have never seen the film Angel Heart, check it out.DeNiro's turn as Louise Cypher is priceless and he almost seems like it was him that was the one who was haunting everyone in Rosemary's Baby. A great film.Much better than most 90's horror.
 
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