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Frenzy (1972)

R | | Thriller | 21 June 1972 (USA)
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Arthur La Bern (novel), Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Finch ... Richard Blaney
Barry Foster ... Robert Rusk
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Brenda Blaney
Anna Massey ... Babs Milligan
Alec McCowen ... Chief Inspector Tim Oxford
Vivien Merchant ... Mrs. Oxford
Billie Whitelaw ... Hetty Porter
Clive Swift ... Johnny Porter
Bernard Cribbins ... Felix Forsythe
Michael Bates ... Sergeant Spearman
Jean Marsh ... Monica Barling
Madge Ryan ... Mrs. Davison
Elsie Randolph ... Gladys
Gerald Sim ... Solicitor in Pub
John Boxer John Boxer ... Sir George
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Storyline

London is terrorized by a vicious sex killer known as The Necktie Murderer. Following the brutal slaying of his ex-wife, down-on-his-luck Richard Blaney is suspected by the police of being the killer. He goes on the run, determined to prove his innocence. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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A deadly new twist from the original Hitchcock. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,121
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last murder victim was played by Susan Travers, the daughter of Linden Travers, who played Mrs. Todhunter in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938). See more »

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When the driver of the potato truck stops after spilling his load, the locking pins on the tailboard differ between shots. See more »

Quotes

Babs Milligan: If Brenda gave you money at dinner, why'd you sleep in the duff house? You could've afforded a hotel!
Richard Blaney: I didn't realize I had it! She slipped it into the pocket of my raincoat.
Babs Milligan: Oh, go on, Dick! Why don't you pull the other one? It's got bells on it!
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The Universal Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema and initial 1989 CIC video releases were cut by 19 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of underwear removal and closeups of neck strangling from the murder scene. The cuts were restored in all later Universal video & DVD releases. See more »

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Music by Zdenek Fibich
Arranged by Ron Goodwin
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Tense and thrilling Hitch's film about his usual theme : the wrong man
29 August 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Tension/suspense/mystery abounds in this thriller from Hithcock who combines his ordinary elements. A down-of-luck man named Richard (Jon Finch) is accused of killing , he frees for his wrongful conviction and is helped by his lover (Anna Massey). Covent Garden wholesale fruit merchant is the real serial killer who strangles women with a necktie. Meanwhile a Chief Inspector (Alec McCowen) along with his sergeant helper (Michael Bates) are investigating the grisly murders . And the strangler killer going on his murder spree . The panic expands on the city by the necktie murderous and Richard becomes a prime suspect . Bewildered Richard chased cross London by the police who think he is an assassin as his ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) has been also murdered and all caught by the circumstantial evidence . Later on , Richard learns the real murderer and he's headed to seek revenge against him.

All typical Hitch themes are here as a man wrongly accused of murder , his Quintaessential issue , numerous amazing camera shots and slightly black humor . Hitchcock was encouraged to return to England and promptly made this unusual film for his eventual British period. The picture packs tension , thriller,suspense and excitement. The intriguing story written by Anthony Shaffer -Sleuth- is one of the splendid thrillers with 'false guilty ' as its theme, achieving the maximum impact on the audience and containing numerous exciting set pieces with usual Hitchcock elements . The movie is full of lingering images as when the camera shows the astounding killings , the strange fighting with a corpse in a truck load of potatoes , the camera descending from a first floor flat , the Inspector 's mealtime along with his wife Vivien Merchant , among others . However , it contains some nudism and disturbing scenes as the unsettling rape, strangling and murder scenes. Colorful cinematography by Gilbert Taylor showing marvelously the Covent Garden streets. Suspenseful and enjoyable musical score by Ron Goodwin . This good thriller by the master himself, who preys on the senses and keeps the suspense at feverish pitch . The movie is directed after ¨Marnie(64)¨and ¨Topaz(69)¨his worst movie, subsequently made ¨Frenzy¨ and ¨Family Plot¨ his last film. Rating : Better than average, worthwhile seeing thanks some Hitch's touches.


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