GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery Duration CountryUnited States
WriterLarry Gross, Eric Overmyer Release dateNovember 22, 1998 (1998-11-22) (U.S.) NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television CastChristopher Reeve (Jason Kemp), Daryl Hannah (Claudia Henderson), Robert Forster (Detective Charlie Moore), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Antonio Fredericks) Similar moviesKnock Knock, (500) Days of Summer, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Click, My Neighbor Totoro, Born on the Fourth of July
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Rear window 1998 trailer
Rear Window is a 1998 American made-for-television crime-drama thriller film directed by Jeff Bleckner. The teleplay by Larry Gross and Eric Overmyer is an updated adaptation of the classic 1954 film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock which was based on the short story "It Had to Be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich. It was broadcast in the US by ABC on November 22, 1998. This stars Christopher Reeve (in one of his final screen appearances), Daryl Hannah, and Robert Forster.
Quadriplegic Jason Kemp, a former architect who now uses a wheelchair, relieves the boredom of his daily existence by engaging in voyeurism, a pastime that allows him to spy on his neighbors from the rear window of his apartment. When he witnesses sculptor Julian Thorpe viciously beat his wife Ilene, he reports the incident to 911 and the police remove him from his home. Thorpe is released the following day, and that night Jason Kemp hears a blood-curdling scream from the courtyard. From that moment on, Ilene is missing from her apartment, apparently replaced by another woman. Jason, certain she was murdered by her husband, tries to convince his colleague Claudia, nurse Antonio, and friend Charlie that his suspicion is true. Thorpe slowly comes to the realization that Kemp is fully aware of his crime, and engages him in a deadly game of cat and mouse in an effort to silence him forever.
Christopher Reeve ..... Jason Kemp
Daryl Hannah ..... Claudia Henderson
Robert Forster ..... Detective Charlie Moore
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ..... Antonio Fredericks
Anne Twomey ..... Leila Kemp
Ritchie Coster ..... Julian Thorpe
Allison Mackie ..... Ilene Thorpe/Ilene's sister
In his review in Entertainment Weekly, Ken Tucker said, "Reeve's real-life tragedy lends true fear to the scene in which the bad guy cuts off Jason's air-supply tube. But the problem here isn't Reeve's performance so much as it is the slack, awkwardly updated, and frequently confusing teleplay by Eric Overmyer and Larry Gross. The production also could have used a supporting character with the vim and vinegar of the original's Thelma Ritter."