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The Boston Strangler (1968)

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

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Det. Phil DiNatale
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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
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Mary Bottomly
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Irmgard DeSalvo
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Cloe
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Dr. Nagy
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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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This is the true story of Albert DeSalvo, the self-confessed Boston Strangler, and of what he did to thirteen women and one city. See more »


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16 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Frauenmörder von Boston  »

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$4,100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Robert Shaw was first choice for the George Kennedy part. See more »

Goofs

A shot of Tony Curtis, in a doorway, includes a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado in the background, at a time (in the story) which is supposedly 1963-64 (shortly after JFK's funeral). See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Featured in Backstory: The Boston Strangler (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Semper Fidelis
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Heard from the television during the opening scene
Also played during the flashback montage
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Curtis Should Have Been Nominated
11 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

It takes a lot of courage to take on a role as challenging as one of the most brutal serial murderers in United States history. Tony Curtis made you believe that he was Albert DeSalvo and he did it after years of playing the handsome leading man. He took a big chance and it paid off in some of the greatest reviews of his career, but when it came to an Oscar nomination, nothing. Tony Curtis is one of the greats in Hollywood. Too bad when he played the role of a lifetime the Academy forgot him. Also, Henry Fonda deserved a nomination for his role. This was probably one of the most intense roles of his career.

The other thing that made the film great was its innovative use of split screen. You pretty much got the creeps as you saw people living their ordinary lives on one side of the screen, while on the other side you saw the strangler stalking his victim. Also, I think that the director really did a good job by not really showing any of the attacks in progress, at least until the last one. This film truly was a great psychological thriller.


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