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Rosemary's Baby
Director: Roman Polanski (Dir)
Release Date:   1968
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 12 Jun 1968
Duration (in mins):   137
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Cast:   Mia Farrow (Rosemary Woodhouse)  
    John Cassavetes (Guy Woodhouse)  
    Ruth Gordon (Minnie Castevet)  
    Sidney Blackmer (Roman Castevet)  
    Maurice Evans (Hutch)  
    Ralph Bellamy (Dr. Sapirstein)  
    Angela Dorian (Terry)  
    Patsy Kelly (Laura-Louise)  
    Elisha Cook (Mr. Nicklas)  
    Emmaline Henry (Elsie Dunstan)  
    Marianne Gordon (Joan Jellico)  
    Philip Leeds (Doctor Shand)  
    Charles Grodin (Dr. Hill)  
    Hanna Landy (Grace Cardiff)  
    Hope Summers (Mrs. Gilmore)  
    Wende Wagner (Tiger)  
    Gordon Connell (Guy's agent)  
    Janet Garland (Nurse)  
    Joan Reilly (Pregnant woman)  
    Tony Curtis (Voice of Donald Baumgart)  
    William Castle (Man at telephone booth)  
    Walter Baldwin    
    Charlotte Boerner    
    Sebastian Brook    
    Ernest Harada    
    Natalie Masters    
    Elmer Modlin    
    Patricia O'Neal    
    Robert Osterloh    
    Almira Sessions    
    Bruno Sidar (Members of the coven)  

Summary: Newlyweds Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into The Bramford, an old New York apartment building, which, they are told by their friend Hutch, has an infamous history. Shortly thereafter Terry, the ward of their intrusive next door neighbors, the Castevets, leaps to her death. Although Rosemary avoids Roman and Minnie, Guy, an ambitious television actor, enjoys Roman's flattery and spends his evenings with the old couple. When a rival actor is mysteriously blinded, Guy is awarded a choice part in a Broadway show. In celebration of his good fortune, Guy and Rosemary plan to conceive a child. Minnie presents Rosemary with an unappetizing dessert, which she eats out of politeness. Rosemary becomes dizzy, and Guy carries her to bed. Upon awakening, Rosemary remembers having intercourse with a rough beast before an elderly coven, but Guy assures her that the scratches on her body are the result of his drunken lovemaking. Finding herself pregnant, Rosemary consults Dr. Sapirstein, a noted obstetrician recommended by the Castevets. Instead of vitamins, Sapirstein prescribes a tonic concocted by Minnie. Alarmed by Rosemary's subsequent loss of weight and cramps, Hutch investigates Minnie's potion. Alarmed by his findings, Hutch arranges to meet Rosemary, but he falls into a coma and dies. At his funeral Rosemary receives his legacy, a book entitled All of Them Witches , from which she deduces that the name Roman Castevet is an anagram of the celebrated warlock, Steven Marcato. Certain that the Castevets, Guy, and Sapirstein have conspired to murder her unborn child, Rosemary seeks refuge with Dr. Hill, her former gynecologist, who betrays her to the conspirators. In her apartment, Rosemary is delivered of a son. When she asks to see the baby, Guy informs her that the boy was born dead. Having heard an infant crying in the next apartment, Rosemary arms herself with a butcher knife. In the Castevets' living room she discovers the coven and her son Adrian, the antichrist, nestled in a black basinet. Although Rosemary recoils at the sight, she hums him a lullaby. 

Production Company: William Castle Enterprises  
Production Text: A William Castle Production
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures  
Director: Roman Polanski (Dir)
  Daniel J. McCauley (Asst dir)
Producer: William Castle (Prod)
  Dona Holloway (Assoc prod)
Writer: Roman Polanski (Scr)
Photography: William A. Fraker (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Richard Sylbert (Prod des)
  Joel Schiller (Art dir)
Film Editor: Sam O'Steen (Film ed)
  Robert Wyman (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Robert Nelson (Set dec)
Costumes: Anthea Sylbert (Cost des)
Music: Krzysztof Komeda (Mus)
Sound: Harold Lewis (Sd rec)
  John Wilkinson (Sd rec)
Special Effects: Farciot Edouart (Process photog)
Make Up: Allan Snyder (Makeup)
  Sydney Guilaroff (Miss Farrow's hairstyles created by)
  Vidal Sassoon (Miss Farrow's hairstyles created by)
  Sherry Wilson (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: William C. Davidson (Unit prod mgr)
  Luanna Poole (Scr cont)
  Howard W. Koch Jr. (Dialogue coach)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin (New York, 1967).
Authors: Ira Levin

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
William Castle Enterprises 12/6/1968 dd/mm/yyyy LP36431

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
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Genre: Horror
 
Subjects (Major): Actors and actresses
  Ambition
  Dreams
  Herbs
  Marriage
  New York City
  Physicians
  Pregnancy
  Rape
  Satanism
  Sorcerers
  Suicide
  Talismans
  The Devil

Note: Location scenes filmed in New York City and at Playa del Rey, California. 

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