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Rope, Alfred Hitchcock's first color film, was adapted from Patrick Hamilton's stage play Rope's End by no less than Hume Cronyn. Loosely inspired by the Leopold-Loeb case, the plot concerns two implicitly homosexual college chums, played by Farley Granger and John Dall. Their heads filled with Nietzschean philosophy by their kindly professor James Stewart, Granger and Dall kill a third friend just for the thrill of it. The boys hide the body in an antique chest in the middle of their posh apartment, then perversely arrange to hold a dinner party around the chest, inviting the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Apart from the tedium of waiting or someone to open that chest and discover the hidden body which the hosts have tucked away for the sake of a thrill, the unpunctuated flow of image becomes quite monotonous."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Rope is Hitchock's underrated classic that contains some of the most unique filmmaking of it's time. Hitchcock was so far ahead of filmmakers back then and so far ahead of a lot of the filmmakers today."
‑ Kevin McCarthy, BDK Reviews
""A crime for most, a privilege for some" is how Rupert classifies murder, but Hitchcock's eye-am-a-camera technique in Rope is after more than Nazi-superman residue still lurking after WWII."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Intriguing experimental film from Hitchcock"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Rope is not merely a stunt that is justified by the extraordinary career that contains it, but one of the movies that makes that career extraordinary."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Serves only as perverse entertainment."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hitchcock said it was a stunt, but Rope is a fascinating experiment trying to find the cinematic equivalent to a play, with the camera constantly searching"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hitchcock's 'one take' classic gets better with age."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"... a deeply interesting film if not exactly a successful one ... you can feel it straining to articulate a truth it doesn't quite grasp."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Rope isn't merely a terrific movie; it is also a benchmark for which the intricate nature of the killer's mind can be simplified into immense clarity."
‑ David Keyes,
"An elaborately perverse buffet served up at a pivotal moment in Hitchcock's career"
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"Experimental Hitchcock murder mystery, very stagey"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A minor masterpiece; Hitchcock could turn out brilliance even when he considered himself to be simply playing around."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Brilliant despite the obvious "gimmick," one of Hitchcock's most subdued and affecting films."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
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