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->''"He chose you, honey! From all the women in the world, to be the mother of his only living son!"''
-->-- '''Minnie Castevet'''

A 1967 horror novel by Creator/IraLevin, ''Rosemary's Baby'' became much better known as a 1968 [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] by Creator/RomanPolanski, the second film in the director's so-called "Apartment Trilogy" (along with ''Film/{{Repulsion}}'' and ''Film/TheTenant'').

Young housewife Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) moves into an elegant-but-gloomy old New York City apartment building with her actor husband Guy (Creator/JohnCassavetes). Their new neighbors are Minnie and Roman Castevet (Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer), an elderly couple who seem nice enough at first. Shortly after having a [[NightmareSequence very bad dream]], she finds herself pregnant... And then things get very weird for her.

The film version received high praise for its close following of the novel, going so far as to replicate much of its dialogue word-for-word. The film's producer, Creator/WilliamCastle, once speculated that this was at least partly because Polanski had never done an adaptation before and didn't know he was ''allowed'' to make changes. The Bramford, where all the action takes place, was deliberately modeled on the Dakota in Manhattan (where Music/JohnLennon lived and where he would eventually be murdered). Exterior shots of the Bramford in the film are of the Dakota, but, due to the exclusive privacy policies of the building, the interior shots were filmed on a soundstage.

The film received a [[MadeForTVMovie made-for-TV]] sequel, ''Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby'', in 1976, while Ira Levin wrote a sequel to the novel, ''Literature/SonOfRosemary'', in 1997. It also received a MiniSeries remake on Creator/{{NBC}} in 2014, written by Scott Abbott (''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'') and starring Creator/ZoeSaldana as Rosemary. Unlike the 1976 sequel, it is based on both books by Ira Levin.
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!!Provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillationp[=/=]PragmaticAdaptation: Both averted. Ira Levin has stated that he was amazed by how faithful the film was to the novel; Creator/StephenKing described it as so faithful that you really only needed one or the other.
** At one point Polanski even rang Levin to inquire exactly which issue of a magazine one of the characters was reading when they noticed a shirt advert. Ira Levin replied that he just made this up.
* AdultFear: The real horror comes from not the supernatural themes -- which are rather subdued by today's standards -- but from Rosemary's predicament: [[spoiler:She is manipulated and conspired against by everyone around her, and even when she realizes this and fights back, she is powerless to stop them]].
** Not to mention the possibility that her fears are actually just a manifestation of paranoia and SanitySlippage. [[spoiler:At least until the end]].
* AffablyEvil: The Castevets, particularly Roman.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Subverted.]]
** [[spoiler:Though in the sequel novel, it turns out the first book really was a dream. A prophetic dream. DUN! DUN! DUN!]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Younger viewers may be a little surprised to see that Rosemary has to see if she's pregnant by [[TechnologyMarchesOn visiting the doctor and getting her blood drawn, and then wait to find out the results later]].
* AntiAntichrist: [[spoiler:What Rosemary hopes to raise her child as.]]
* TheAntiChrist: They hope so, at least.
* ApocalypseMaiden
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The cultists succeed in their plan to spawn the Antichrist -- and it seems that they've drawn Rosemary herself into their ranks. The novel subverts it a little. While Rosemary does agree to raise her baby, it's because she hopes that she can influence him to reject his destiny and embrace his human side. This is shown when she demands that the baby be named Andrew (instead of "Adrian", after the cult's founder) and not wear black all of the time.]]
* BigApplesauce
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Pretty much anyone who's in the cult.
* {{Bookends}}: The movie starts with a long, sweeping shot over the NYC skyline, accompanied by Rosemary's eerie singing, and ends with what is essentially a reverse of the shot, with the same soundtrack.
* CallBack: On second viewing/reading, nearly every detail of the film/book becomes this.
** In the novel, Rosemary and Guy spend evenings playing Scrabble. [[spoiler: At the story's climax, Rosemary uses the Scrabble board to decipher the anagram of Roman's name.]]
** In their first real meeting, Minnie invites Guy and Rosemary to dinner. Rosemary tries to beg off, telling Minnie she shouldn't go to any trouble on their account, to which Minnie replies "if it was any trouble I wouldn't ask; I'm as selfish as the day is long." [[spoiler: This turns out to be nothing more than the truth, as Minnie's only inviting them over to size up Rosemary as a potential mother for Satan's child.]]
** Dr. Shand: [[spoiler:Briefly mentioned before as another Castevet friend, introduced to Rosemary at New Year's, and showing up to drive them from Dr. Hill's]].
** The paintings in the Castevets' home: [[spoiler:The spaces on their walls are noted by Rosemary when they first have dinner there. Later, a burning building and a sinister bearded man overlooking the ritual are elements of Rosemary's "dream"; and later we see, in the final scene, the picture of the burning church in the hallway, and the painting of the man in the living room, which is actually a portrait of Adrian Marcato, Roman's father]].
** Hutch's missing glove.
** Saperstein advises Rosemary not to read pregnancy books. At first this seems like kindly advice, as he tells her that nervous first-time mothers often think every small aberration is a sign of something wrong, but [[spoiler: later we find out that the doctor is also a member of the cult, and he's deliberately keeping Rosemary away from standard pregnancy manuals because he ''knows'' her pregnancy will be abnormal]]. He also encourages her to indulge her WackyCravings [[spoiler: because he knows that Satan's baby is going to want bloody meat and raw chicken hearts at three in the morning.]]
** The very first scene: [[spoiler:When Nicklas is showing Miss Gardenia's apartment, there are plenty of herbs everywhere, which is confirmed that she grew things with Minnie. Then Nicklas notices the dresser in the hallway blocking the closet for some strange reason, revealed that the closet has a secret door between the apartment and the Castevets' next door. And before any of that: Rosemary noticing a strange note made (presumably) by Miss Gardenia ("...I can no longer associate myself") alluding to the Castevets' evil influence.]] And plenty more...
* TheCameo:
** The building manager who shows Rosemary and Guy the apartment is played by... Elisha Cook, Jr.! Hooray!
** Wait a second... Is that Creator/WilliamCastle outside the phone booth?
** That's Creator/TonyCurtis [[TheVoice on the phone]] as the actor who's blinded and replaced by Guy in a play.
** The threatening-looking bearded man in the ritual is Anton LaVey!
* CelebrityResemblance:
** In the novel, Rosemary thinks Terry looks like Anna Maria Alberghetti, and is told in turn that she looks like Piper Laurie.
** In the film Rosemary tells Terry she looks like Victoria Vetri, though Terry fails to see the resemblance. [[CelebrityParadox Terry is played by Victoria Vetri (using the screen name "Angela Dorian")]].
* CharacterTics: Guy's nervous laughter.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}} board pieces.
** Hutch's missing glove.
** The manually-operated elevator.
** The knife rack in the kitchen.
** The hall closet.
* ChekhovsGunman: Dr. Hill.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Roman criticizes the Catholic Church, but not a word is said about any other one (although he does make a passing comment dismissing "all religions") .
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Inverted with Rosemary. She was RaisedCatholic but has drifted away from the church, and the Castevets find her a ripe target. Meanwhile, her staunchly Catholic sister can sense that Rosemary is in danger but Rosemary doesn't get anything of the sort.
* ComatoseCanary: Rosemary fills this role in the time between ''Rosemary's Baby'' and ''Son of Rosemary''.
* ComicallySmallBribe: A non-comedic example. Guy allows his wife to be raped and impregnated by Satan, so she can bear the Antichrist. Does he get power? Riches? Fame? Nope. He gets a part in a play. A small but important play, the kind of thing that gets noticed and ''leads'' to power, riches, and fame. "He's suddenly very hot."
* CreatorCameo: Creator/WilliamCastle makes a cameo as the man waiting outside a phone booth while Rosemary makes a call.
* {{Cult}}: A Satanic one, at that.
* DeadpanSnarker: Guy.
* DefiantStoneThrow: One of the few notable incidents in the book that didn't make the film: [[spoiler:after Roman reveals that the baby will be called Adrian, Rosemary refuses to accept it and states that his name is Andrew John Woodhouse, which she'd picked a few months earlier. (The "Hail Rosemary, Mother of Adrian" chant may have clued her in that she's got some clout.) Minnie cuts off Roman's objection and starts chanting "Hail Andrew!" and the rest of the cult follows her, allowing Rosemary a small victory.]]
* DeliverUsFromEvil: [[spoiler:Almost the opposite of this happens at the end when Rosemary decides to stay and raise her baby, the anti-christ, with the Satanists. It's not clear whether she will become evil or not though]].
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: This movie has a ''very'' slow start. But once it gets going...
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Though it isn't listed in the credits, "Lullaby" (the music that plays over the opening credits) is sung by Mia Farrow herself.
* DownerEnding
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Terry Gionoffrio, who turns out to have been the original choice to be impregnated by Satan. Of course, whether or not it was suicide is ambiguous.]]
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Rosemary dreams she is being raped by the devil [[spoiler:(unfortunately, as it later turns out, this is not a dream)]]. When she wakes up, she discovers that Guy, with whom she had planned to try to conceive that night, has had sex with her while she slept. His justification? "I didn't want to miss 'baby night'."
* EvilIsPetty: Assuming what we suspect was happening all along was true, [[spoiler:the cult caused the deaths of Mrs. Gardenia and Terry simply because they started questioning their motives, the death of Hutch because he was trying to tell Rosemary who her neighbors were, and blinded Donald Baumgart only so they could manipulate Guy into going along with their plans. Also it's not out of the question that the whole arrangement of the birth of the Antichrist was just to allow Roman/Steven to one-up his father: Adrian Marcato merely conjured Satan, Steven will actually allow his seed to start roaming the earth.]]
* EvilOldFolks: [[spoiler:Although, despite being Satanists, they're kind of nice people.]]
* ExtremeDoormat: Rosemary. Everything about Guy under {{jerkass}}? She basically goes along with it, trusting he knows more than a young woman from Omaha. As she finds out what's going on, she becomes more resourceful and assertive.
* FamilyEyeResemblance: Roman says of the title spawn of the Devil that "He has his father's eyes".
* FetusTerrible: Although aside from causing her several months of unusually extreme pain, the fetus itself doesn't have that much influence while it's in Rosemary's womb.
** EnfantTerrible: When it's finally born.
* FriendsRentControl: A struggling actor and his non-working wife living in a pre-war apartment in an exclusive Upper West Side building that, even in the '60s, a hedge fund manager could barely afford in real life. Justified in that a) the book narrative specifies that money's not a problem because Guy's been in a lot of commercials and gets residuals; b) New York rent control prevents the landowner from raising rent above a certain percentage of what the previous tenant (an elderly woman who had been there for decades) was charged. The superintendent even comments on this, saying that they would charge a great deal more if they could.
** Justified in the remake, where the original apartment Guy and Rosemary live in catches fire, and the Castevets offer them a spare apartment in their building, telling them they can live there for the rent they were paying at their old apartment.
* GodIsDead: In a doctor's waiting room, Rosemary reads a magazine with a cover asking, "Is God Dead?" (an actual ''[[Magazine/TimeMagazine Time]]'' magazine issue from 1966).
* HellishPupils: The devil mating with Rosemary is shown to have yellowish cateyes. Their baby is suggested to have inherited them as well.
* HollywoodSatanism: ZigZagged. The Satanic coven is probably the closest you'll ever come to actual Satanists in a Hollywood film. The only ritual we see doesn't feature big black robes or child sacrifice, but rather a bunch of old people singing naked. That said, most Satanists emphasize autonomy, so rape is a major crime in Satanism. Real Satanists would find a young volunteer, as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babalon_Working Jack Parsons' group did in 1946]].
* HornyDevils: The ''Devil'' is the reason why Rosemary has her baby...
* {{Incubus}}
* IronicNurseryTune: "Rosemary's Lullaby", the wordless vocal theme that opens and closes the film, [[DoItYourselfThemeTune performed by Mia Farrow herself]]. It's also known as "Sleep Safe and Warm", and versions with official lyrics can be found, for example Claudine Longet's. With lines like "from my arms no power can take you", FridgeHorror questions whether it's really the ''mother'' that's doing the singing.
* {{Jerkass}}: From the beginning Guy is more than a bit of a jackass. Seriously, what man repeatedly states to his wife's face that he thinks her haircut makes her look hideous and that it's the worst decision she's ever made? Her excuses for him all revolve around his career.
* JustEatGilligan: Call home to Mom, have her buy you a train ticket. Since everyone around is being creepy and lying to you, and the honest ones are dying, just go back to Omaha. And since those special witch foods aren't available back home, that should solve the problem of the inconvenient pregnancy. [[JustifiedTrope Meanwhile,]] Rosemary doesn't do this because of her several personality traits, for which she was specifically chosen by the witches. She's the type of good Catholic girl who won't leave her husband, or have an abortion, no matter what. She's also the sort of person to remain in denial about a situation as long as she possibly can, so that she will continue to convince herself everything is just fine long past the point that another woman would go running for help. In fact, that was the mistake the witches made the first time: not being careful enough to select someone who would keep telling herself all the warning signs were just her imagination, and had to help her into suicide. ''Plus'' the fact that the creeps, husband included, are extremely controlling. It's likely they'd just find a way to prevent her leaving.
* LargeHam: Ruth Gordon as Minnie Castavet, and it earns her an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]'s "Für Elise", played by an unseen tenant in the building, is heard recurringly throughout the film.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: It's never specifically portrayed in the story, but it's hinted that [[spoiler:Terry]] might've have been murdered and [[spoiler:the coven staged it to look like a suicide]]. Also, [[spoiler:the deaths of Mrs. Gardenia and Hutch and the blindness of Donald Baumgart were apparently caused by spells cast by the coven but were assumed to be naturally caused]].
* MaritalRapeLicense: The night after [[spoiler:Satan impregnates her]], Rosemary notices some scratches on her. Guy tells her he got too excited last night and then handwaves it as "not wanting to miss Baby Night." Outside of the fact that [[spoiler:Guy is covering for the fact that he let ''Satan rape his wife'', he covers by saying ''he'' basically raped her unconscious body, scratching her in the process, and thinks ''that's'' an acceptable cover story. To top it off, he says "it was kind of fun, in a necrophile sort of way."]]
* MeaningfulEcho: "To 1966! The Year One!" The second time is much more sinister.
* MysticalPregnancy: Rosemary is prescribed mysterious drugs by her doctor during her pregnancy, which she comes to suspect aren't legitimate treatments but something more sinister… but it is too late, and she births an TheAntichrist.
* NightmareFace: In the final scene when Rosemary discovers her baby. While not disfigured, the look on Rosemary's face when she first sees her child, and her eyes go INCREDIBLY WIDE... [[NothingIsScarier You don't even have to see what the baby looks like, her horrified expression tells it all.]]
** Also Satan, though (thankfully) we don't see too much of it.
* NightmareSequence: Rosemary has a dream where she's drugged and undressed by Guy and the cult members, and then raped in her sleep by the devil. She later awakens to discover that she is pregnant, but Guy goes along with her assumption that he "went ahead and did it".
* NosyNeighbor: Minnie and Roman insert themselves into the lives of the Woodhouses, much to Rosemary's annoyance..
* NumberOfTheBeast: Present throughout, right down to Rosemary's due date: 6/66.
* TheOner: The film's TitleSequence features a slow, continuous aerial pan across Midtown Manhattan and Central Park, then down along the top of the the Dakota (a.k.a. the Bramford) and on to the front of the building, as we see Rosemary and Guy reaching the entrance from the sidewalk far below.
* ParentalSubstitute: Hutch for Rosemary after she moved to New York (a role he also filled for other newly-arrived young women).
* PeopleInRubberSuits: {{Satan}}. It's not a very convincing suit, which is probably why they avoid showing you too much.
* PhoneBooth
* ProductPlacement: Rosemary makes a big deal about the fact that her new haircut is Vidal Sassoon. All of the characters then say it doesn't look good on her.
** Works on a meta-level. While the Vidal Sassoon cut is mentioned by name in the same context in the novel, Mia Farrow was famous at the time for abandoning her long strawberry-blonde locks in favor of a Vidal Sassoon pixie cut, garnering similar responses from her fans.
* PsychopathicManchild: Laura-Louise, a member of the Satanists group and Minnie's friend seems to be one, poking her tongue to Rosemary and acting like an unpleasant brat. Quite mature behaviour for an old minion of Satan right?
* PutOnABus: In the made-for-TV sequel, Rosemary is literally put on a ([[AutomatedAutomobiles driverless]]) bus in the beginning of the movie and is never seen again.
* ReligiousHorror: GenrePopularizer. The boom in this sub-genre in TheSeventies followed the lead of ''RosemarysBaby''.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Terry Gionoffrio.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Hutch.]]
* {{Satan}}
* {{Sequel}}: ''Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby'' for the film, and ''Son of Rosemary'' for the book.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Rosemary becomes suspicious of her husband and the neighbors he's befriended. [[spoiler:She discovers her suspicions are all too horribly true. She tries to escape. She fails. It wouldn't have made any difference if she'd succeeded. In the end, she just gives up]]. What was at stake? [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Everything]].
** [[spoiler:She doesn't give up in the book, though. She first plans to grab the baby and jump out the window with it to kill it, then plans to agree to raise it, with the intent of guiding it to be a good person and not evil.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Rosemary mentions in passing that she and Guy enjoyed watching a production of ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' the other day.
** It's mentioned that Guy had been in plays called ''Luther'' and ''Nobody Loves an Albatross''. These were a pair of real Broadway shows, about UsefulNotes/MartinLuther and a talentless television writer-producer, respectively.
*** Roman asks if Guy was Creator/AlbertFinney's understudy in ''Luther''. Finney was, indeed, the star of that play.
*** Phil Leeds, who plays Dr. Shand in the film, was actually in ''Nobody Loves an Albatross''.
** At one point Guy reads the reviews for ''Drat! The Cat!'', an incredibly short-run Broadway musical with lyrics and book by... Ira Levin.
** Rosemary is seen reading Creator/SammyDavisJr's autobiography, ''Yes I Can''. (In the book, she's reading ''The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire''.)
* ShownTheirWork: A few pages from ''All Of Them Witches'' are shown, chapters on Thomas Colley (executed for falsely accusing and murdering an old couple who were ''not'' witches) and Prudence Duvernoy (not a witch but a confidante of Marie Du Plessis, the real [[Theatre/LaTraviata Lady of the Camellias]]). When Guy throws out the book, Rosemary buys another copy at [[http://www.weiserantiquarian.com/cgi-bin/wab455/index.html Samuel Weiser's bookstore]]. She also gets ''[[http://www.sacred-texts.com/grim/bcm/ The Book of Ceremonial Magic]]'', by A.E. Waite (one of the developers of the familiar Ryder Waite UsefulNotes/TarotCards). In the taxi, she reads a phrase about "many people died under mysterious circumstances" and that spells of this type "could not be cast without [[SympatheticMagic one of the victim's belongings]]". This is not in the real book. The production people inserted it on page 105, where Waite actually discusses misinterpretations of spells found in actual [[TomeOfEldritchLore grimoires (magical textbooks)]] and controversies over authorship.
* SignificantAnagram: Steven Marcato the warlock. Roman Castevet the neighbor. [[spoiler:They're one and the same]].
* SignificantBirthDate: Rosemary gives birth on June 25 -- the Anti-Christmas, in the sixth month of the year 1966 ([[NumberOfTheBeast 6/66]]). According to the novel, an old Satanic prophecy pinpointed this date for the birth of the Antichrist.
* TheSixties: If you lived in New York City in the 1960s, you'll feel right at home. Levin weaves in references to the newspaper strikes, the great blackout, the JFK assassination, and Pope Paul VI's visit to Yankee Stadium.
** Cigarette commercials? On ''television?'' Drawing blood? For a ''pregnancy test?''
* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: Type 5: the film adaptation is extremely faithful to the original book, to the point that the book reads more like a {{Novelization}} of the film.
* SpitefulSpit: Rosemary spits in Guy's face toward the end.
* SupernatralProofFather: Subverted. Guy tries to convince her that nothing strange is going on with their neighbors next door and that all of the other disturbing things that happen to her during her pregnancy are in her mind. [[spoiler:However, he knows that they are really part of a devil-worshipping cult, and he's promised the baby to them]].
* TakeOurWordForIt: We never see the eponymous character, probably because it is the Spawn of the Devil himself. Roman states, "He has his father's eyes."
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Rosemary's neighbors give her chocolate mousse laced with a sedative. Rosemary [[DiscreetDrinkDisposal discreetly disposes of it]] when she notices that it has a chalky taste, but she still ate enough of it to be unable to resist when Satan impregnates her while's she's still sleeping.
** Averted when Minnie just gives her some "plain ordinary Lipton tea" with sugar and lemon at the baby shower.
* ThatThingIsNotMyChild: The title character turns out to be not the child of Guy, but rather that of the Devil. Upon seeing her (off-screen) baby for the first time, Rosemary exclaims, "What have you done to it? What have you done to its eyes?" Ultimately averted, as she decides to take care of it anyway.
* ThatWasNotADream: Rosemary thinks she is dreaming at the ceremony where she becomes pregnant, but for an instant realizes she is not. Much later, after she sees her child, she remembers that moment and knows it was all real.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Hinted at, [[spoiler:though (apparently) averted at the end.]]
* TheThreeWiseMen: The final scene is staged as a semi-parody of the Nativity, complete with visitors from the East: an unnamed Japanese man and a Greek guy named Argyron Stavropoulos.
* TitleDrop: In-universe example. Rosemary reads a book titled "All them witches." When she starts growing more and more paranoid she starts rambling "Witches... Witches... All of them, witches... All them witches!" and then seems to laugh to herself.
* TraumaticHaircut: Kind of applies to Rosemary. She herself chooses the haircut and is really excited about it, but everyone else repeatedly tries to make her feel ashamed for it. One of the early signs of her autonomy being frowned on.
* TheUnreveal: We never see Rosemary's baby's face, we're only told [[spoiler:it has the eyes and feet of Satan. In the book, he also has a tail and horn buds]].
* UrbanLegends: Church of Satan founder Anton [=LaVey=] wasn't actually involved in this film, and that isn't him in the demon costume.
* TheVoice: Donald Baumgart, the actor who Guy takes over for after he's blinded (dubbed by Creator/TonyCurtis).
* WackyCravings: Rosemary has a sudden craving for rare meat, just barely touched to a hot frying pan. This is another clue that Something Ain't Quite Right.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Subverted. Rosemary thinks that the Castevets are going to [[spoiler:sacrifice her baby. She's wrong. After all, why would they kill TheAntichrist, the one who they hope will bring Satan's reign on Earth?]] She had the right genre, after all -- she just didn't realize she had more of a starring role.
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