Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

USA, 1968
35mm, Technicolor, 1.66:1
mono, English

An American horror film, the first film made in the United States by director Roman Polanski.

Plot Summary

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into their new apartment in New York and soon make friends with their elderly neighbours, Roman and Minnie Castevet. Before long, a young woman Rosemary meets in the washroom commits suicide, Rosemary begins having disturbing dreams and Guy starts spending far too much time with the neighbours. When she falls pregnant, Rosemary comes to suspect that her neighbours are witches and that they have their plans for her unborn child.


Directed by: Roman Polanski
© 1968 by Paramount Pictures Corporation and William Castle Enterprises, Inc.
A William Castle production
Produced by: William Castle
Associate Producer: Dona Holloway
Unit Production Manager: William C. Davidson
Written for the Screen by: Roman Polanski
From the Novel by: Ira Levin
Assistant Director: Daniel J. McCauley
Script Continuity: Luanna S. Poole
Director of Photography: William Fraker
Edited by: Sam O’Steen and Bob Wyman
Color by: Technicolor
Music: Christopher Komeda
Sound Recording by: Harold Lewis
Costume Designer: Anthea Sylbert
Makeup: Allan Snyder
Hair Stylist: Sherry Wilson
Miss Farrow’s Hair Styles Created by: Sydney Guilaroff and Vidal Sassoon
Process Photography: Farciot Edouart
Production Designer: Richard Sylbert
Art Director: Joel Schiller
Set Decorator: Robert Nelson
Dialogue Coach: Howard W. Koch Jr
Locations: Dakota Hotel, New York City, New York, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Mia Farrow (Rosemary Woodhouse)
John Cassavetes (Guy Woodhouse)
Ruth Gordon (Minnie Castevet)
Sidney Blackmer (Roman Castevet)
Maurice Evans (Hutch [Edward Hutchins])
Angela Dorian [real name: Victoria Vetri] (Terry [Gionoffrio])
Patsy Kelly (Laura-Louise)
Elisha Cook (Mr. Nicklas)
Emmaline Henry (Elise Dunstan)
Marianne Gordon (Rosemary’s girl friend)
Charles Grodin (Dr Hill)
Hanna Landy (Grace Cardiff)
Philip Leeds (Dr Shand)
D’Urville Martin (Diego)
Hope Summers (Mrs Gilmore)
Ralph Bellamy (Dr Sapirstein)
Wendy Wagner (Rosemary’s girl friend)

Alternative Titles

El bebé de Rosemary – Venezuela
Dziecko Rosemary – Poland
La llavor del diable – Spain (Catalan)
Rosemaries Baby – Germany
Rosemary má detátko – Czech Republic
Rosemary’nin Bebegi – Turkey
Rosemaryn painajainen – Finland
Rosemaryna beba – Croatia
A Semente do Diablo – Portugal
La semilla del Diablo – Spain

Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby (1976)

Extracts included in
100 Years at the Movies (1994)
100 Years of Horror (1996)
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003)
AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)
Intimate Portrait: Mia Farrow (1999)
The Kid Stays In the Picture (2002)
Precious Images (1986)
Rosemary’s Baby: A Retrospective (2000)
Sobrenatural (1995)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Visions of Light (1992)

See also
The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)
Cuna de lobos (1986)
Full Circle (1977)
Demon Seed (1977)
Rosemary’s Baby (2014)
Sin pecado concebido (2001)



  • American Cinematographer vol.82 no.1 (January 2001) pp.18, 20 – DVD review
  • Art et Essai no.49 (30 October 1968) p.15 – review
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.13 pp.6, 26, 62
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.24 p.58
  • Cinéma no.133 (February 1969) p.106 – review
  • Cinema Journal vol.31 no.3 (Spring 1992) pp.3-18 – article
  • Entertainment Weekly no.495 (23 July 1999) pp.25-30 – illustrated article
  • Entertainment Weekly no.565 (27 October 2000) p.93 – review (by Mark Harris)
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  • Film and Television Daily vol.132 no.108 (5 June 1968) pp.1, 8 (USA) – article
  • Film Daily vol.131 no.34 (21 August 1967) p.2 – review
  • Film Quarterly vol.22 no.4 (Summer 1969) pp.35-38 – review
  • Films and Filming vol.15 no.6 (March 1969) p.38 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.198 no.14 (3 November 1967) p.10 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.201 no.9 (29 May 1968) p.3 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.3198 (25 January 1969) p.10 – credits, review
  • The Listener vol.111 no.2839 (5 January 1984) p.35 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.36 no.424 (May 1969) pp.95-96 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Positif no.102 (February 1969) pp.1-5 – review
  • Première December 1991 p.27 – review (by Francois Forestier)
  • Premiere vol.13 no.3 (November 1999) p.144 – illustrated article (Classic Scene: Rosemary’s Baby)
  • Radio Times vol.260 no.3402 (18 February 1989) p.18 – review
  • Scenario vol.5 no.4 (2001) pp.58-106; 108-115, 192 – script; interview
  • Screen vol.10 no.2 (March/April 1969) pp.90-96 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.5 no.4 (April 1995) pp.12-13 – illustrated article
  • Sight & Sound vol.38 no.1 (Winter 1968 – 1969) pp.17-19 (UK) – article (by Beverley Houston and Marsha Kinder)
  • Today’s Cinema no.9627 (24 January 1969) p.12 – review
  • Variety 29 May 1968 p.6 – credits, synopsis, review


  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.260 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.91, 94-95, 110, 149, 167
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.142, 260, 287, 303
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.198, 232, 254, 264, 317, 322, 337, 356, 400
  • The Highway Horror Film by Bernice M. Murphy p.47
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.332
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.158-159 – illustrated credits, review
  • Movies of the 60s by Jürgen Müller pp.626-633 – illustrated review (by SH [Steffen Haubner])
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.409 – illustrated credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn p.348
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) p.134
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani pp.180-181 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.15

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide July 2017 p.41 – illustrated listing