I was never really a fan of the "Superman" movies he made,but Christopher Reeve was magnificent in "Rear Window" I just wish I would have taped this one, to show others that had apparently and unfortunately missed.
Rear Window! Reeve is great! (by Movie Nuttball)
Rear Window the remake is a good film that has a good cast which includes Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah, Robert Forster, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Anne Twomey, Ritchie Coaster, Allison Mackie, Ali Marsh, Julie Barker, Maggie Kiley, and Peter Giles. The acting by all of these actors is very good. Lowe is really excellent in this film. I thought that he performed good. The thrills is really good and some of it is surprising. The movie is filmed very good. The music is good. The film is quite interesting and the movie really keeps you going until the end. This is a very good and thrilling film. <more>
If you like Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah, Robert Forster, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Anne Twomey, Ritchie Coaster, the rest of the cast in the film, Remakes, Thrillers, Dramas, Crime Myster, and interesting Action films then I strongly recommend you to see this film today!
This movie was the best! I don't care what other people have been saying. The acting was top-notch. I have NEVER, I repeat, NEVER seen such a good made-for-TV movie in my life. Christopher Reeves is the best actor out there. I loved the Superman films, and to see him on his feet again is just great. I hope he keeps on acting in the future, and he WILL WALK AGAIN! The supporting cast was just as good. It was Darryl Hannahs best role since Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2 . And Christopher's caretakers weren't too bad either. I don't see why lots of people are hating this film. <more>
Better than Titanic any day. And I was so happy to see that his co-worker became his lover. All in all, the best film I've seen all year.
Don't expect Hitchcock trickery. This film has real power. (by NapoleonX)
Lets get one thing straight. Most reviewers have panned this because they say it loses what Hitchcock created. Fair enough, if the film had been trying to emulate Hitchcock. It isn't.After Chris Reeves' accident, there was only ever going to be one role he could ever play again and this was it. How many other movies have wheelchair bound heroes? So for Chris to return to the profession which he loved, this had to be the one. Now I know many people have a love affair with Hitch, but I must admit I never found Rear Window to be a classic like some of his others, the idea came from <more>
creating a movie on a single set. The camera never moves out of Jimmy Stewarts room, until he falls out of the window.While this was an interesting excercise and experiment, I find that not even the great Jimmy Stewart can keep his energy up throughout the film. It is as static as the camera.The modern version, although a technical remake with the same basic plot line, is not attempting to do the same thing. First of all it is a showcase for Christopher Reeves. This may sound like a vanity project but it is not. Reeves as Superman was a cult hero but never about to win an Oscar. This is a performance that if you accept it, because it is hard viewing watching him knowing that he is portraying his everyday life, will haunt you. Having lost the use of his body, Reeves shows everything through his face. The part where his air supply is disconnected was done for real, can you imagine performing while your entire life depends on the people around you. Reeves leaves you with no apology for his condition, asking for no sympathy but a simple laying bare of the human soul, his, trapped in a useless body. A sterling feat in a thriller.This is not just about chris or people in his condition, but about all paraplegics and quadriplegics trapped in a shell of a body. By the end, you will know what it is like to live like that, and perhaps you might change your attitude or appreciate what you have, just a little bit more.Other than that, the rest of the cast are decent and the direction is competent, the style is of a TV movie, but its the best TV movie you will see. It's not Hitchcock, it doesn't try to be and it shouldn't be compared to the original. But from Christopher Reeve, who sadly or perhaps for him, a release , passed away not so long ago, it is the greatest performance of his life and a wonderful epitaph.
A well done remake of a Hitchcok classic. (by bigone)
This version was quite a bit different from the 1954 version but equally good. More time was given to developing the lead character, mainly by showing how he became paralyzed. It was great to see Christopher Reeve again and I hope to see more of him in film roles. A possible good story for him would be a "male version" of "Sorry, Wrong Number".
What is the problem here? (by stupid_fresh)
I can't believe that so many others on this page have slated this film. Yes, everyone is entitled to an opinion, so let me share mine. I watched this film last night on Channel Five in the UK, and it was excellent. No, the direction wasn't perfect, and the camerawork wasn't all that. Daryl Hannah was a bit wooden, and the relationship between her and Chris Reeve was a bit 'take it or leave it'. But the film, as a TV FILM, not as a remake of a Hitchcock film, worked very well. Reeve's acting was fantastic - a role that didn't through tragic circumstance rely on <more>
his Superman persona or ability and focused on his facial expressions and voice. How many actors can carry a movie with only that? This was a fantastic performance in a difficult role. The suspense was tangible, keeping me on the edge of my seat. It veered away from the original at the end, which wrong-footed me a bit. It took the film into another dimension, if you like. Nothing like the element of surprise. If you CAN'T get past the fact that it's a remake of a Hitchcock film, then let's say that you've seen the original - like me. So what if someone's remade it? Does it mean that the original is destroyed, never to be seen again? Course not. Does it mean that people won't watch the original? No more than if they'd never seen the remake. 'Young' audiences who watch Jimmy Stewart films are not going to turn their noses up at one that happens to have been remade with Christopher Reeve. Why all the criticism? Because someone dared to remake a Hitchcock film? Big deal. Watch the original too. Hitchcock remade his own film - The Man Who Knew Too Much. Problem? Forget all this filmic snobbery - this is a solid thriller with a fantastic performance. Watch it if you get a chance.
A superhero in his determination and tenacity... (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
Christopher Reeve was forced to stay on a wheelchair since his tragic 1995 equestrian fall... He was lonely and with emptiness in his new life... His approach to the window was not an act of voyeurism, but a sincere wish to see how life was going on...Reeve was observing what he could never do again... He was watching the movements of everybody: lovers, newlyweds, lonely hearts, old people... And for the fact of being a real-life quadriplegic, he gave the performance of his life... He was the perfect choice in the role of a distinguished architect whose life becomes altered after a violent <more>
car collision...Paralyzed from neck down, and surrounded by cell phones, computer, voice-activated technology, Jason Kemp is in complete control from his astonished therapy operation suite... He is able, with only his voice, to turn on the lights, to open the elevator, to exchange e-mails with the killer...But Reeve was also communicating to us his severe moments with great close-ups to his anguish face... We watch his breathing difficulties from the breathing machine...Reeve was seen as the man, who was not acting all the time... His face related it several times... We felt his distress, his bitterness, his agony, his vulnerability... And as much as he suffered in silence, he fought for life... His weakness was his endeavors for perseverance... Christopher Reeve 1952-2004 was a superhero in his determination and tenacity... He proved it in being the first Quadriplegic actor on a high-tech wheelchair in a leading role... He gave, under Jeff Bleckner wise direction, a perfect, chilling performance and a highly entertaining remake...
Updated version of the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window" with Christopher Reeves as quadriplegic Jason Kemp who unknowingly spies upon a violent domestic dispute by his neighbors across the yard that possibly later escalated to murder. Recovering from a car smash-up architect Jason Kemp is left without the use of his arms and legs and very bitter that his latest project was given to fellow architect Claudia Henderson, Daryl Hannah, who took over for him while he was hospitalized.Back home Jason is given all the high-tech equipment to make his life, and in-home work,a lot <more>
easier. Even his relations with Claudia starts to warm up when he realizes that she's not trying to upstage him but wants him to be part of the project that she's doing. Jason later falls in love with Claudia who among other thing made his life a lot happier by her concern and attention towards him at this very critical time in his recovery. With nothing to do with his free time Jason watches, with a zoom-video camera, what his neighbors are doing across the back-yard of his apartment building. He then soon notices this couple constantly fighting with each other. Not taking it seriously at first Jason sees that the fights are a lot more intense and violent then your average family squabbles. One evening Jason calls 911 when the husband Julian Thorpe, Richie Coaster, beats his wife Ilene, Allison Mackie, to the point where she almost loses consciousness. The next night after Julian was released from police custody Jason hears a blood-curdling scream coming from the Thorpe apartment then all is deathly quite. Spying on the Thorps the next few day, to see if everything is all right, Jason notices something very strange and disturbing. Ilene is no longer there and Julian is living with another woman, who turned out to be Ilene's sister, who stole or also took over Mrs. Thorpe's identity. Better then average made-for-TV thriller that turned out to be actor Chris Reeves' last, and most personal, movie role. Suspenseful build-up as Thorpe slowly realizes that he's not only being spied on by Jason but that Jason knows what he did to his wife and tries to murder him to keep Jason from going to the police. The ending of "Rear Window" is a bit of a let-down but at the same time more intriguing then that of the 1954 version of the movie by leaving it, the ending,up in the air and to the imagination of the viewers.Chris Reeves was playing himself in the movie "Rear Window" as he was a real victim of a spinal-cord injury, that he suffered from a raiding accident on May 27, 1995, that left him paralyzed for the rest of his life until he passed away just days after his 52th birthday. Christopher Reeves made a much bigger impact on the public in the courage that he showed and energies that he gave in battling the disability that he suffered and making it,the cure for Neurolog Disease, the cause that he fought for until his death. Reeves helped create the Christoper Reeves Paralysis Foundation and thus helping, as well as inspiring, thousands of others suffering from that disabling disease with the hope that advanced medical treatments hopefully will eradicate it in the very near future. Chris showed the public, in the last nine years of his life, that he was just as much the man Superman while confined in a wheelchair in real life as the was the comic book hero Superman that he played in the movies.
Rear Window is a really good movie. Most TV movies have poor acting, a poor plot basically a poor everything. But Rear Window has the same amount of quality as a movie you would see at the theater. Christopher Reeve does an excellent job. It's hard to believe that a movie like Mr. Magoo would be in theaters but not this movie Mr. Magoo being one of the worst films I've ever seen . This movie has got some good suspense too, and the part where the blond girl lights a match and stares at Christopher Reeve is really creepy. Recommended big time.