Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow), the young wife of a struggling actor (John Cassavetes), is thrilled to find out she's pregnant. But the larger her belly grows, the more certain she becomes that her unborn child is in serious danger.
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- Roman Polanski
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Making Of, Exclusive Retrospective Interviews with Roman Polanski (Director), Robert Evans (Production Executive) and Richard Sylbert (Production Designer), "Making of Rosemary's Baby" Featurette
English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: PCM MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; cast and crew interviews.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this classic horror film addresses occult themes throughout and isn't appropriate for children. Parents should be aware that this film deals frankly with pregnancy and adult sexuality. Characters practice satanic rituals, make bargains with the devil, drink alcohol, and have sex.
- Sexual Content
- Talk of sex and having children, culminating in a dream/nightmare sequence in which Rosemary is drugged by her husband and raped by a barely-seen clawed monstrosity -- presumably Satan. Female back-side nudity and toplessness. Naked over-60 folks (only shown from the shoulders up, mostly) in an occult-ritual setting. Full male nudity, if you want to call it that, in the fresco of Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam."
- Blood on cars and pavement and a wide-eyed corpse, as the victim of a suicide jumps from an upper floor and is found in the street. Rosemary is physically restrained and injected. She brandishes a knife but ends up not using it. Themes of rape and satanic rituals.
- Guy berates Rosemary and her friends at several points. God and Jesus' name in vain, "hell" and "bitch."
- Social Behavior
- There's a strong sense of overwhelming evil (masquerading as nice, ordinary NYC types) against which the waiflike heroine literally doesn't have a prayer in the end. Some have interpreted the movie as being anti-religion -- or pro-Satan -- but the novel's author, Ira Levin, claimed no belief in the devil whatsoever; he just wanted to scare. What's undeniable is the feminist-nightmare vulnerability and victimization of a pregnant young bride, by "society" (embodied by smiling but malevolent and controlling older folks), the medical establishment, and her own careerist husband.
- Mention of Yamaha motorcycles, the board game Scrabble, and Lipton tea.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social drinking and toasting, talk of inebriation (sometimes used as a cover excuse for evildoing). Cigarette-smoking is prominent. A marijuana joint is glimpsed at a party of young people (meant as a sort of counterpoint to the oldsters in the witch coven, and their stodgy cocktails and highballs). Sedative pills and injections are administered, and Rosemary is served the demonic equivalent of a date-rape drug.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it