Rosemary's Baby | Chicago Reader

Rosemary's Baby

Rated R 136 minutes 1968

The treacherous-mate theme that has been a staple of "women's pictures" since Gaslight gets its ultimate, most agonizing development in this 1968 story about a young woman (Mia Farrow) who discovers her husband has sold her body for use by a witches' coven. The horror is more clinical than supernatural, as Polanski transforms Ira Levin's story into a metaphor for the loss of identity induced by pregnancy. A very sophisticated, very effective piece of work spun from primal images, with an excellent cast that includes John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Bellamy, Maurice Evans, Patsy Kelly, and Elisha Cook Jr.

Film Credits

Director: Roman Polanski

Writer: Roman Polanski

Producer: William Castle and Dona Holloway

Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Elisha Cook Jr., Patsy Kelly and Charles Grodin

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