Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Title: Rosemary's Baby
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Written by: Roman Polanski
Produced by: William Castle; Dona Holloway
Music by: Christopher Komeda
Cinematography: William Fraker
Edited by: Sam O'Steen; Bob Wyman
Distributed by: William Castle Productions
Paramount Pictures
Released: June 12th, 1968
Rating: Approved
Running time: 137 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Next: Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby is an American feature film of the occult and supernatural thriller genres. It is based on the novel of the same name written by author Ira Levin and published by Random House in hardcover edition in March, 1967. The film was written and directed by Roman Polanski and produced by William Castle Productions. It was distributed through Paramount Pictures and premiered theatrically on June 12th, 1968. Rosemary's Baby stars Mia Farrow as the film's titular protagonist, Rosemary Woodhouse, with John Cassavetes as her husband, Guy Woodhouse. Co-starring in the movie is Ruth Gordon as neighbor Minnie Castevet, Sidney Blackmer as her husband Roman Castevet, Maurice Evans as family friend Hutch, and Ralph Bellamy as Doctor Sapirstein. The premise of the film involves a secret Satanic cult that lives in the Manhattan apartment building that Rosemary and Guy move into. Guy is likewise indoctrinated into the cult and impregnates Rosemary while purportedly being possessed by the Devil.

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  • The tagline for this film is "Conceived in terror, born in fear". Another tagline is "It's not what you're expecting".
  • There are seventeen credited cast members in this film. There are eight female cast members and nine male cast members.
  • A sequel film titled Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby was produced as a television movie and premiered on ABC on Friday, October 29th, 1976 under ABC's "Friday Night Movie" banner. The movie starred Patty Duke in the role of Rosemary Woodhouse. George Maharis played the part of Guy Woodhouse. The child of Rosemary and Guy is identified as Adrian in the film. Coincidentally, Patty Duke originally auditioned for the role of Rosemary Woodhouse, but lost out to Mia Farrow.
  • Rosemary's Baby was remade as a television miniseries in 2014 on NBC. The movie starred Zoe Saldana as Rosemary Woodhouse and took most of its narrative cues from the Ira Levin novel rather than the original movie.
  • Actress Wende Wagner is also known for playing the role of secretary Lenore Case on the superhero action series The Green Hornet.
  • Actor Maurice Evans is also known for playing ape community leader Doctor Zaius in Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
  • This is actor Charles Grodin's feature film debut. He is also known for playing ambitious oil magnate Fred Wilson in the 1976 version of King Kong.
  • The lullaby that is played in the beginning of the film called "Sleep Safe and Warm". It was composed by Krzysztof Komeda and sung by actress Mia Farrow.
  • This is Mia Farrow's first major film work, and her first work in the horror genre. She previously had a minor uncredited appearance in John Paul Jones in 1959, and played Karen Eriksson in the 1964 war film Guns at Batasi and a woman named Caroline in A Dandy in Aspic, which was also released in 1968.
  • In 2014, Rosemary's Baby was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.
  • Famed Satanist and founder of the Church of Satan Anton LaVey once claimed to have worked as a consultant on the film and even had a cameo appearance in it. However, there is no evidence that has surfaced to support LaVey's claim.

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