Rosemary's Baby (film



Rosemary's Baby (film)
Rosemary's Baby
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Directed by Produced by Screenplay by Based on Starring Roman Polanski William Castle Roman Polanski Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin Mia Farrow John Cassavetes Ruth Gordon Sidney Blackmer Maurice Evans Ralph Bellamy Angela Dorian Krzysztof Komeda

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Cinematography William A. Fraker Editing by Distributed by Release date(s) Running time Country Language Budget Box office Sam O'Steen Bob Wyman Paramount Pictures


136 minutes United States English $2.3 million $33,395,426

Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Ralph Bellamy, Maurice Evans, Sidney Blackmer and Charles Grodin (in his first film appearance). It was produced by William Castle. Farrow plays a pregnant woman who fears that her husband may have made a pact with their eccentric neighbors, believing he may have promised them the child to be used as a human sacrifice in their occult rituals in exchange for success in his acting career. The film was an enormous commercial success, earning over $33 million in the United States on a modest budget of $3.2 million. It was met with near universal acclaim from film critics and earned numerous nominations and awards. The American Film Institute ranked the film 9th in their 100 Years...100 Thrills list. The official tagline of the film is "Pray for Rosemary's Baby."

he mysteriously falls into a coma. Rosemary is told that Guy is not the baby's father and that the baby. Guy lands a role in a play when the actor who was originally cast suddenly and inexplicably goes blind. who says that Minnie will make Rosemary a daily drink which is more healthy than the usual vitamin pills. In the hall closet. where she briefly escapes them. When she wakes. assuming she is delusional. When her old friend Hutch (Maurice Evans) sees Rosemary's gaunt appearance and hears that she is being fed the mysterious tannis root. She adjusts her son's blankets and gently rocks his cradle with a small smile on her face. she notices its strange smell. He leaves Rosemary a book about witchcraft and it is delivered to her at his funeral along with the cryptic message: "The name is an anagram". are an elderly and slightly eccentric couple who tend to be meddlesome but appear to be harmless. they suddenly disappear. Rosemary deduces that Roman Castevet is really Steven Marcato. Rosemary becomes increasingly disturbed and shares her fears and suspicions with Dr. he is disturbed enough to do some research. Hill. Rosemary discovers a secret door leading into the Castevet apartment and hears a baby's cries revealing that her child is alive. she finds scratches on her body. However. and that Guy is cooperating with them in exchange for help in advancing his career. she is told the baby died. move into the Bramford. Minnie gives Terry's pendant to Rosemary. and craves raw meat and chicken liver. the son of a former resident of the Bramford who was accused of being a Satanist. She plans to receive obstetric care from Dr. they enter the bedroom. Terry Gionoffrio (Angela Dorian). Rosemary suspects her neighbors and Dr. she then finds a congregation gathered around her newborn son. Three months later. Sapirstein insists the pain will subside soon. For the first three months of her pregnancy. Rosemary finds hers has a chalky undertaste and surreptitiously throws it away after a few mouthfuls. Their neighbors. loses weight. Returning home one night. the Castevets insist she see their good friend. is actually the spawn of Satan. Later. When Rosemary can't bear her abdominal pains another minute. On the night they plan to conceive. Hutch dies. the Castevets. calls Dr. Despite Rosemary locking them out. Minnie brings them individual cups of chocolate mousse. who has been taken in and helped by the Castevets after living on the street. who spits in Guy's face. After seeing the disturbing appearance of her baby's eyes. This horrifies Rosemary. a bright but somewhat naive young housewife. . Sapirstein are part of a cult with sinister designs for her baby. Rosemary passes out and experiences what she perceives to be a strange dream in which she is raped by a demonic presence in front of Guy. Guy and Rosemary find that Terry has thrown herself to her death from the window of the Castevets' seventh-floor apartment. 1966. telling her it is a good luck charm and the odd smell is from a plant called "tannis root". and assures her she has nothing to worry about. Roman urges Rosemary to become a mother to her son and assures her that she does not have to join the cult if she doesn't want to. Before he can tell Rosemary his findings. The two men bring Rosemary home. and other Bramford tenants. Abraham Sapirstein (Ralph Bellamy). Guy forms a bond with the Castevets. Minnie invites the Woodhouses to dinner and they reluctantly accept. Rosemary goes into labor and is sedated by Dr. Minnie (Ruth Gordon) and Roman Castevet (Sidney Blackmer). Sapirstein. Rosemary learns that she is pregnant and is due on June 28. Sapirstein and Guy. When she wakes. Dr. As Rosemary admires a pendant necklace the Castevets gave to Terry. Guy tells her that he had sex with her while she was unconscious because he did not want to pass up the moment for her to conceive. Rosemary meets a young woman. named Adrian. They tell her that if she co-operates. who. becomes unusually pale. an antiquated New York City apartment building. and Guy (John Cassavetes). her husband and a struggling actor.Rosemary's Baby (film) 2 Plot Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow). Rosemary suffers severe abdominal pains. neither she nor the baby will be harmed. Guy suggests that he and Rosemary have the child they had planned. who is recommended to her by her friend Elise (Emmaline Henry). Dr. Hill (Charles Grodin).

Shand Hope Summers as Mrs. 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. Author Ira Levin claimed that during a scene in which Guy mentions wanting to buy a particular shirt advertised in The New Yorker. Abraham Sapirstein Charles Grodin as Dr. Gilmore Elisha Cook as Mr.Rosemary's Baby (film) 3 Cast € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse John Cassavetes as Guy Woodhouse Ruth Gordon as Minnie Castevet Sidney Blackmer as Roman Castevet / Steven Marcato Maurice Evans as Hutch Ralph Bellamy as Dr. admitted that he had made it up. The script was modeled very closely on the original novel and incorporated large sections of the novel's dialogue and details. Evans admired Polanski's European films and hoped he could convince him to make his American debut with Rosemary's Baby. and production designer Richard Sylbert reminisce at length about the production. The studio head recognized the commercial potential of the project and agreed with the stipulation that Castle. Paramount Pictures executive Robert Evans. who had assumed while writing that any given issue of The New Yorker would contain an ad for men's shirts. Hill Patsy Kelly as Laura-Louise Angela Dorian as Terry Gionoffrio Emmaline Henry as Elise Dunstan Hanna Landy as Grace Cardiff Tony Curtis as voice of Donald Baumgart Philip Leeds as Dr. and would like the opportunity to write as well as direct it. He makes a cameo appearance as the man at the phone booth waiting for Mia Farrow to finish her call. could produce but not direct the film adaptation. Polanski was unable to find the specific issue with the shirt advertised and phoned Levin for help. 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. screenwriter/director Roman Polanski. Nicklas D'Urville Martin as Diego € Marianne Gordon as Rosemary's Girlfriend € Wendy Wagner as Rosemary's Girlfriend € Clay Tanner as the Devil Production Script In Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective.[1] . Levin. who had a reputation for low-budget horror films. He knew the director was a ski buff who was anxious to make a film with the sport as its basis. a featurette on the DVD release of the film. so he sent him the script for Downhill Racer along with the galleys for Rosemary.

Jack Nicholson was considered briefly before Polanski suggested John Cassavetes. 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.[citation needed] Roman Polanski insisted that the day be canceled and filming be postponed until the next day.[citation needed] It was removed to reveal the Vidal Sassoon hairdo that made headlines when Farrow cut her trademark long hair during filming of Peyton Place. Despite her waif-like appearance (which would ultimately prove beneficial. girl-next-door type. He drew sketches of how he envisioned each character. Phil Leeds and Hope Summers. operating the hand-held camera since he was the only one willing to do it. that became academic and it was used for exterior shots only. the voice heard is that of actor Tony Curtis. In an effort to salvage her relationship. and he served her divorce papers via a corporate lawyer in front of the cast and crew midway through filming. when he would start consecutively filming as many scenes as possible that did not contain Rosemary. 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. Elisha Cook. recognized the voice but could not place it. Filming Sydney Guilaroff designed the wig worn by Mia Farrow in the film's early scenes. the actor who goes blind and is replaced by Guy. Her acceptance incensed Sinatra. Farrow asked Evans to release her from her contract. the actor cast strongly resembled Polanski's drawing. The slight confusion she displays throughout the call was exactly what Polanski hoped to capture by not revealing Curtis' identity in advance. Mia Farrow with only a supporting role in Guns at Batasi (1964) and the then unreleased A Dandy in Aspic (1968) as her only feature film credits. Farrow. and he wanted Tuesday Weld or his own wife Sharon Tate for the role.. had an unproven box office track record. who had demanded she forgo her career when they wed. a private messenger served Farrow with formal divorce papers from Frank Sinatra. Evans was unsure the title alone would guarantee an audience for the film.Rosemary's Baby (film) 4 Casting Polanski envisioned Rosemary as a robust.[citation needed] That morning. Polanski wanted to cast Hollywood old-timers as the coven members but did not know any by name. but he turned down the offer. insisting that nothing had changed. who had not been told who would be reading Baumgart's lines. Its hallways were not as worn and dark as Polanski wanted. Robert Redford was the first choice for the role of Guy Woodhouse. Jr. Patsy Kelly.[citation needed] 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. When Rosemary calls Donald Baumgart. be used for the Bramford. just before the first take was filmed. As she read the documents. full-figured.[citation needed] Farrow openly refused to accept this. They included Ralph Bellamy. but when the building's owners would not allow interior filming. Polanski pointed to her pregnancy padding and reassured her. Polanski agreed to cast her. The day's filming concluded on time and without delay. Sylbert was a good friend of Garson Kanin. In every instance. Farrow was not nominated for the award. Since the book had not reached bestseller status yet. Farrow fell to her knees on the kitchen floor and openly wept in front of the cast and crew.[2] . and he suggested her for the role of Minnie Castevet. He also suggested that the Dakota. and they were used to fill the roles. an Upper West Side apartment building known for its show business tenants. "no one's going to hit a pregnant woman". The scene was shot in a single day. and he felt a bigger name was needed for the lead. One of Mia Farrow's more emotionally charged scenes occurs in the midst of a party. as Rosemary became more frail as her pregnancy progressed). who was married to Ruth Gordon. The scene was successfully shot with Farrow walking into real traffic and Polanski following. when several of Rosemary's female friends lock Guy out of the kitchen as they console her in private.

Legacy Following the film's premiere. Renata Adler said.[3] 5 Reception In her review for The New York Times.[6] Accolades Academy Awards € Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Ruth Gordon.. winner) Golden Globe Award for Best Actress . Black Noon..Farrow's performance is outstanding. "Several exhilarating milestones are achieved in Rosemary's Baby.Motion Picture (Gordon.Motion Picture Drama (Farrow. One gets very annoyed that they don't catch on sooner. Patty Duke starred as Rosemary Woodhouse and Ruth Gordon reprised her role of Minnie Castevet. Thirty years after he wrote Rosemary's Baby. It was disliked as a sequel and its reputation deteriorated over the years. Mia Farrow. winner) € Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (nominee) Golden Globe Awards € € € € Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress . and Brad Fuller.[citation needed] A remake of Rosemary's Baby was briefly considered in 2008. the film is widely regarded as a classic. including The Brotherhood of Satan. and Blood on Satan's Claw."[5] Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress which made the film the only horror movie to receive an Oscar for a lead or supporting role until The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Andrew Form. The film holds attention without explicit violence or gore. I think this is because it is almost too extremely plausible. even to the point of finding old people next door to avoid and lean on. In the 1976 television film. but it made the best seller lists nationwide. The remake fell through later that same year. The intended producers were Michael Bay. The scene in which Rosemary is raped by Satan was ranked #23 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.Rosemary's Baby (film) One scene that was shot but later deleted involved Farrow's character attending an Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks and encountering Joan Crawford and Van Johnson. nominee) € Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (nominee) € Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Drama (nominee) . Mark of the Devil. the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 98% rating (53 out of 54 reviews). Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby."[4] Variety stated. The quality of the young people's lives seems the quality of lives that one knows. Ira Levin wrote Son of Rosemary. "The movie€although it is pleasant€doesn't seem to work on any of its dark or powerful terms. with the site's consensus stating "A frightening tale of satanism and pregnancy that is even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon". Reaction to the book was mixed. a string of other films focusing on Satan worshippers and black magic appeared. nominee) Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay (nominee) Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score (nominee) Other awards € BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Mia Farrow. an excellent film version of Ira Levin's diabolical chiller novel. a sequel which he dedicated to the film's star. Today. Writer-director Roman Polanski has triumphed in his first US-made pic. who were playing themselves.

Stephen (1985).Rosemary's Baby (film) € € € € € € David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress (Mia 296. 2012 [4] New York Times review (http:/ / movies.html) € William Castle's involvement in the film (http://www. nytimes.100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) .#9 € AFI's 100 Years. Danse Macabre. ISBN 0-425-08842-1. villagevoice. 22 December 2008 External links € € € € € Rosemary's Baby (http://www. com/ dailymusto/ 2012/ 01/ joan_crawford_w_1.Nominated € AFI's 100 com/ news/ ni0634218/ ) IMDB.filminfocus. imdb.rottentomatoes.100 Movie Quotes: € "This isn't a dream! This is really happening!".. com/ review/ VE1117794577.Nominated Villains € AFI's 100 Years.100 Movies . winner) Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (Gordon. Berkley Books...jsp?stid=4098) at the TCM Movie Database Rosemary's Baby ( at Rotten Tomatoes Dialogue Transcript at Script-o-rama. [2] "Rosemary's Baby" (http:/ / at the Internet Movie Database Rosemary's Baby (http://tcmdb. english/resources-film-full-page/-/eo_event_asset_publisher/eAN5/content/ the-many-faces-of-rosemary‚ƒ„s-baby) the-horror-icon-who-spooked-hi.Nominated References [1] King.100 Thrills .com. php) Village Voice.. winner) David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Director (winner) Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay (nominee) French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Award for Best Foreign Film (winner) Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (Sidney Blackmer. com/ thismonth/ article/ ?cid=89031& rss=mrqe) TCM (http://www. html?categoryid=31& cs=1& p=0) [6] "Rosemary's Baby Remake Scrapped" (http:/ / www.script-o-rama. com/ movie/ review?res=EE05E7DF1738E271BC4B52DFB0668383679EDE) [5] Variety review (http:/ / www.php) € Collection of Roman Polanski•s Rosemary•s Baby posters from around the world (http://www. p. January at AllRovi Rosemary's Baby (http://www. winner) 6 American Film Institute Lists € AFI's 100 rosemarys-baby-script-transcript-polanski. movie presentation [3] "Joan Crawford Was Cut From Rosemary's Baby!" (http:/ / blogs.allrovi... New York..Nominated € AFI's 100 Years. variety.100 Heroes and Villains € Minnie & Roman Castavet ..

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