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The Boston Strangler (1968)

Approved  |   |  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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Terence Huntley
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John Asgeirsson
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Dianne Cluny
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Peter Hurkos
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Mary Bottomly
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Irmgard DeSalvo
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Austin Willis ...
Dr. Nagy
Lara Lindsay ...
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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Why did 13 women willingly open their doors to the Boston Strangler?


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Der Frauenmörder von Boston  »

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Her role as Edna became the final film role for Enid Markey, ending a career of almost 60 years. 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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Capt. Ed Willis: Usually in a homicide of this kind, where nothing's stolen, it's a personal enmity, a grudge killing.
John Asgeirsson: Two cases of personal enmity against two harmless old ladies in the same neighborhood in one week?
John Asgeirsson: 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 »

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Give Me the Simple Life
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change of pace for Tony Curtis
21 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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