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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Det. Phil DiNatale
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Julian Soshnick
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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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Cloe
Austin Willis ...
Dr. Nagy
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Bobbie Eden
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Storyline

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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Box Office

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$4,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,810,894, 31 December 1968
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

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

Referenced in El asesino de Pedralbes (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me the Simple Life
(uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Played in the bar when Di Natale is talking to Carr
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They say its overrated,but Tony Curtis' performance is electrifying to watch
29 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

After all the movies that he has done this one shown his acting chops and basically established himself as one of the most distinguish actors in Hollywood,but if you want to see Tony Curtis in a stunning performance as a serial killer,this is the movie to see and not to be missed.

Tony Curtis showed them off brilliantly with his chilling portrayal of confessed 1960's serial killer,Albert DeSalvo who killed and strangled 13 women in the streets of Boston. Curtis is frighteningly good at depicting the schizophrenic life of a seemingly normal family man who hides his sexual compulsions. Here also you have Henry Fonda as the detective out to stopped him and George Kennedy in a co-starring role. Director Richard Fleischer(of "Fantastic Voyage",and "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" fame)uses a split screen technique show DeSalvo crimes along with the painstaking police investigation that finally nabbed him in 1964. Shocking as it was back in 1968,and still shocking today in one of Tony Curtis' most gripping roles and exhilarating performance.


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