Actors: Jimmy Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger
|Plot Summary of Rope|
This psychological thriller is one of three of Hitchcock's great experiments (the other two being Lifeboat and Rear Window).
The film was inspired the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case in which two young men try to commit (and almost do) the perfect crime.
The movie centers around Brandon (John Dall) and his mentor Rupert (Jimmy Stewart). Brandon, along with his best friend Phillip, have murdered a friend and placed his body in a trunk. They then proceed to have a dinner party with all the guests tied to the victim (his father, girlfriend, former best friend and Rupert -- their college mentor). All through the dinner, Brandon plants clues as to what he and Phillip has done: he ties books together with the rope used to strangle the victim and gives the books to the victim's father, for example. The question is: will any of them pick up on Brandon's clues? Will Phillip have a breakdown and confess to Rupert?
The movie isn't one of Hitchcock's strongest, but it is an interesting piece of cinematic history.
This synopsis report prepared by Lee nelson
|Script Analysis of Rope|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How difficult to spot villain?
- Story partially from villain's perspective
Time/Era of Movie:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
Kind of mystery?
- amateur citizen investigator
- White (American)
- Dirty, grimy (like New York)
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Is this movie based on a
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