Rope movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Alfred Hitchcock’s oldie-but-goodie is great for older kids due to the murder themes and mild violence, but it’s entertaining and very well-made. Rope was released in 1948 and tells a memorable story.


Two young men commit a murder by strangling their former classmate to death and try to prove they commited the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party. However, one of the guests begins to find them them suspicious and starts examining them.

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Movie details

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan, Edith Evanson, Douglas Dick, Joan Chandler
Writer: Arthur Laurents
Release Date (Australia): 18 February 1949
Runtime: 80 minutes/1h 20m
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film contains themes of murder.

Violence (PG)

The film contains brief depictions of blood detail and a depiction of two men struggling after one attempts to shoot the other.

mpaa rating

PG (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Alfred Hitchcock uses playwright Patrick Hamilton’s gripping perfect-murder premise and fashionably executes a motion picture like a play. Rope is one of his smart but doubtlessly rare movies that tries to appear like it’s all done in a single shot sometimes unnoticeable cuts pairing with matchless camerawork and cast members that can maintain their sparkle for lengthy periods of time.

This film entertainingly presents a story relating to two men implicitly strangling another known character to death, and trying to make their crime transparent by having a party with several guests. There are numerous moments through the film where these two characters have to deliberately go out of their way to make sure nobody suspects or notices the body, increasing the intensity as the suspicion rises and even forming a morbid sense of humour.

There were apparently ten cuts throughout the 80 minutes, some of them being noticeable or obvious when zooming on darkened clothing, but approaching like there’s much less actual incisions. The fact that Hitchcock reasonably sets the entire film in a room and uses an awesome background with perfect lighting makes it feel like a play. The story couldn’t be more absorbing.

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