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The Boston Strangler (1968)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  16 October 1968 (USA)
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A series of brutal murders in Boston sparks a seemingly endless and increasingly complex manhunt.

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Julian Soshnick
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Terence Huntley
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Det. Frank McAfee
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John Asgeirsson
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Dianne Cluny
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Atty. Gen. Edward W. Brooke
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Peter Hurkos
Leora Dana ...
Mary Bottomly
Carolyn Conwell ...
Irmgard DeSalvo
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Austin Willis ...
Dr. Nagy
Lara Lindsay ...
Bobbie Eden
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Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from the point of view of the investigators who have very few clues to build a case upon. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Why did 13 women willingly open their doors to the Boston Strangler?


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Der Frauenmörder von Boston  »

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Trivia

Shortly before filming was set to begin the real Albert DeSalvo escaped from the mental institution where he was imprisoned. He was later captured after being on the run for 33 hours. See more »

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In the film it is assumed DeSalvo was guilty, and it portrays him as suffering from multiple personality disorder and committing the murders while in a psychotic state. DeSalvo was never diagnosed with, or even suspected of having that disorder. See more »

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John Asgeirsson: What about the sex? What did he actually do to them?
Capt. Ed Willis: What's the difference?
John Asgeirsson: People like to read about it.
Capt. Ed Willis: Let them read paperbacks.
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This is the true story of Albert Desalvo, the self-confessed Boston Strangler. The characters and incidents you are about to see are based on fact. See more »

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Referenced in All in the Family: Prisoner in the House (1975) See more »

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Good, well-done thriller
10 October 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fictional account of the Boston Strangler--a maniac who killed about 12 women in the Boston area from 1962-1964. Most of the main actors just walk through their roles--Henry Fonda and George Kennedy especially. But Tony Curtis (who doesn't appear until an hour into the film) is surprisingly good as the strangler. Most people don't think of him as a good actor but as this and "Sweet Smell of Success" proved, he COULD give out a good performance. This was a very tricky role but he pulled it off. The last half hour especially--it's basically one long confession but he's excellent.

The film is exceptionally well-directed--the split screen is a bit disorienting at times but, ultimately, it helps the film. It keeps you on edge. It's also very interesting to see what Boston looked like in 1968. The only sour spot is there is some homophobia in the movie...but this does take place in '62-'64 and they did think the strangler was a gay man.

From what I've heard this film was not a big hit when released which probably explains why it took so long to get out on DVD. It's probably one of the best serial killer movies ever made and the multiple screens look great on DVD.

Well worth seeing if just for Curtis' performance.


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