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To Catch a Killer (1992)

Unrated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 15 May 1992
"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Director:

Eric Till

Writer:

Jud Kinberg
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... John Wayne Gacy
Michael Riley ... Joe Kozenczak
Margot Kidder ... Rachel Grayson
Meg Foster ... Attorney Carlson
Martin Julien ... Koslo
Scott Hylands ... Paxton
David Eisner David Eisner ... Williams
John Boylan John Boylan ... Atkins
Tony De Santis ... DeMarco (as Tony DeSantis)
Mark Humphrey ... King
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Petrie
Tim Progosh ... Morris
Danny Pawlick Danny Pawlick ... Santori
Bruce Ramsay ... Bragg
Brenda Bazinet ... Alice Pearson
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Storyline

"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer who raped and murdered over 30 young boys. Written by Jaromir Krol <jaromirk@kr.onet.pl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Catch a Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (video) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In preparing for the role of Lt. Kozenczak, Michael Riley interviewed the real Joe Kozenczak at length to learn about the case and the man. See more »

Goofs

One of Gacy's potential victims is shown wearing a Michael Jordan t-shirt. Jordan would have been a junior in high school at the time of the murders. See more »

Quotes

John Wayne Gacy: [as Paxton sits at his table] Wait a minute, who the hell are you?
Paxton: [gestures to DeMarco and King] I'm their boss. I bring you regards, from John Miklovich... said he worked for you.
John Wayne Gacy: I don't remember anybody with a name like that, do you?
[Koslo shakes his head]
Paxton: That's funny, he described you perfectly: loud, big belly. Waiter! What are you drinking, John?
John Wayne Gacy: [snatches pad and pencil from waiter] Who the hell do you think you're talking to? Give me that thing. I want your name and shield number right ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Alternate 95 min. (USA runtime) TV movie version is more commonly available. See more »

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Version of Gacy (2003) See more »

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Dennehy is outstanding
21 July 2004 | by bholly72See all my reviews

This is a top-flight procedural, based on how one persistent cop finally captured John Wayne Gacy, but what really makes it stand out from the crowd is Brian Dennehy's outstanding portrayal of Gacy. Dennehy has immense charm, but here he shows he can turn on a dime an convert it instantly into stomach-churning menace. There is one scene in which Dennehy shows Gacy's dark side starting to come out at an inappropriate moment, and then catching himself -- it is one of the finest pieces of acting I have ever seen anywhere. The look of repressed, murderous lust appearing on his fact and then being put back in the box is something I'll never forget. Neither Brando nor Olivier could have topped it. Watch it; you'll enjoy it a lot.


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