Rosemary's Baby

1968 R 2h 16m Blu-ray / DVD

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Rosemary's Baby

1968 R 2h 16m Blu-ray / DVD
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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.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
Subtitles
English
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH
CC
No
Audio
English: PCM Mono
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • Ralph Bellamy
  • John Cassavetes
  • Ruth Gordon
  • Charles Grodin
  • Mia Farrow
  • Elisha Cook Jr.
  • Sidney Blackmer
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Reviews

age 16+

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."

Violence

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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