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Rosemary's Baby Details


In Roman Polanski's first American film, adapted from Ira Levin's horror bestseller, a young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband, Guy (John Cassavetes), move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon) soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building; despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, Guy starts spending time with the Castevets. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Minnie starts showing up with homemade chocolate mousse for Rosemary. When Rosemary becomes pregnant after a mousse-provoked nightmare of being raped by a beast, the Castevets take a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castevets' circle is not what it seems. The diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth, and the baby is taken away from her. Polanski's camerawork and Richard Sylbert's production design transform the realistic setting (shot on-location in Manhattan's Dakota apartment building) into a sinister projection of Rosemary's fears, chillingly locating supernatural horror in the familiar by leaving the most grotesque frights to the viewer's imagination. This apocalyptic yet darkly comic paranoia about the hallowed institution of childbirth touched a nerve with late-'60s audiences feeling uneasy about traditional norms. Produced by B-horror maestro William Castle, Rosemary's Baby became a critically praised hit, winning Gordon an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Inspiring a wave of satanic horror from The Exorcist (1973) to Gordon (1976), Rosemary's Baby helped usher in the genre's modern era by combining a supernatural story with Alfred Hitchcock's propensity for finding normality horrific. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:June 12, 1968


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mia Farrow Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ruth Gordon Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ruth Gordon Best Supporting Actress 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Roman Polanski Best Screenplay 1968 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Roman Polanski Best Director 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roman Polanski Best Adapted Screenplay 1968 Nominee


Mia Farrow
as Rosemary Woodhouse
John Cassavetes
as Guy Woodhouse
Ruth Gordon
as Minnie Castevet
Sidney Blackmer, Sr.
as Roman Castevet
Maurice Evans
as Hutch
Ralph Bellamy
as Dr. Sapirstein
Patsy Kelly
as Laura-Louise
Elisha Cook, Jr.
as Mr. Nicklas
Hanna Landy
as Grace
Emmaline Henry
as Elise Dunstan
Marianne Gordon
as Joan Jellico
Phil Leeds
as Dr. Shand
Charles Grodin
as Dr. Hill
Hope Summers
as Mrs. Gilmore
Wende Wagner
as Tiger
Elmer Modlin
as Young Man
Josh Peine
as Men at Party
Almira Sessions
as Mrs. Sabatini
Robert Osterloh
as Mr. Fountain
Sebastian Brooks
as Argyron Stavropoulos
Bruno Sidar
as Mr. Gilmore
Gail Bonney
as Babysitter
Marilyn Harvey
as Dr. Sapirstein's Receptionist
Patricia O'Neal
as Mrs. Wees
George Savalas
as Workman
Charlotte Boerner
as Mrs. Fountain
Angela Dorian
as Terry Fionoffrio
Floyd Mutrux
Tony Curtis
as Donald Baumgart
Gordon Connell
as Guy's Agent
Bill Baldwin
as Salesman
Roy Barcroft
as Sun-Browned Man
Michaél Shillo
as Pope
Joyce Davis
as Dee Bertillon
Natalie Masters
as Young Woman
Carol Brewster
as Claudia Comfort
Jean Innes
as Sister Agnes
Mona Knox
as Mrs. Byron
Ernest Harada
as Young Japanese man
John Halloran
as Mechanic
William Castle
as Man Outside Phone Booth


Roman Polanski
William Castle
Roman Polanski
Ira Levin
Book Author
William A. Fraker
Bob Wyman
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
Joel Schiller
Art Director
Anthea Sylbert
Costume Designer
Harold Lewis
Sound/Sound Designer
Farciot Edouart
Special Effects
Vidal Sassoon
Hair Styles