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
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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 »
Capt. Ed Willis:
Usually in a homicide of this kind, where nothing's stolen, it's a personal enmity, a grudge killing.
Two cases of personal enmity against two harmless old ladies in the same neighborhood in one week?
Come on, Captain, looks to me like a nut's loose.
Sgt. Frank McAfee:
Nuts don't ransack apartments.
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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 »
Here it is, the film that proved Tony Curtis' worth as an actor; not just the pretty boy of a dozen identikit pictures of the 1950s - but here convincing as the cold blooded killer of various women; 'The Boston Strangler' now looks dated, particularly in its split-screen editing and gloomy editing, and in some of its references to 'queers', but is still a fine example within its genre.
Bleak and uncompromising in its verbal and visual details of the murders, this film is held together by the excellent work by Curtis - he really is chilling as the psychopath preying on women. The ending is especially affecting, making superb use of silence as a cinematic trick and leaving the viewer curiously numb. Not a film to leave you anything but depressed, but a must-see at least once.
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