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Director:
Writers:
Edward Anhalt (screenplay)
Gerold Frank (book)
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Release Date:
16 October 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Why did 13 women willingly open their doors to the Boston Strangler?
Plot:
A series of brutal murders in Boston sparks a seemingly endless and increasingly complex manhunt. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
Good, well-done thriller See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Curtis ... Albert DeSalvo

Henry Fonda ... John S. Bottomly

George Kennedy ... Det. Phil DiNatale
Mike Kellin ... Julian Soshnick
Hurd Hatfield ... Terence Huntley

Murray Hamilton ... Det. Frank McAfee

Jeff Corey ... John Asgeirsson

Sally Kellerman ... Dianne Cluny

William Marshall ... Atty. Gen. Edward W. Brooke

George Voskovec ... Peter Hurkos
Leora Dana ... Mary Bottomly
Carolyn Conwell ... Irmgard DeSalvo

Jeanne Cooper ... Cloe
Austin Willis ... Dr. Nagy
Lara Lindsay ... Bobbie Eden

George Furth ... Lyonel Brumley
Richard X. Slattery ... Det. Capt. Ed Willis

William Hickey ... Eugene T. O'Rourke
Eve Collyer ... Ellen Ridgeway
Gwyda Donhowe ... Alice Oakville

Alex Dreier ... News Commentator
John Cameron Swayze ... T.V. Narrator
Shelley Burton ... David Parker
Elizabeth Baur ... Harriet Fordin

James Brolin ... Det. Sgt. Phil Lisi
George Tyne ... Dr. Kramer

Dana Elcar ... Luis Schubert
William Traylor ... Arnie Carr

Carole Shelley ... Dana Banks
Karen Ericson ... Pat Bruner (as Karen Huston)
Enid Markey ... Edna
Dorothy Blackburn ... Minnie
Almira Sessions ... Emma Hodak
Isabella Hoopes ... Bertha Blum
Richard Krisher ... Tom
Arthur Hanson ... Commissioner
Walter Klavun ... Chief of Police
Tim Herbert ... Cedric
Matt Bennett ... Harold
Penny Williams ... Mae
Janis Young ... Louise Parker

George Fisher ... Mr. Taylor

David Lewis ... Judge Schroeder
Pamela McMyler ... Grace (as Pam McMyler)
Greg Benedict ... Dick Matheson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Aldredge ... Harold Lacey (uncredited)
Linda Clifford ... Bystander (uncredited)

Linda Dano ... (uncredited)
Gina Harding ... Audri (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Cop (uncredited)
Jack Hynes ... TV News Reporter (uncredited)
Nancie Phillips ... Barbara Wise (uncredited)

Alex Rocco ... Detective at Apartment of Victim #10 (uncredited)
Marie Thomas ... Gloria (uncredited)
Edward Winter ... Man in Hallway (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Edward Anhalt (screenplay)

Gerold Frank (book)

Produced by
James Cresson .... associate producer
Robert Fryer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lionel Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
Raphael Bretton (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Edith Lindon .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Eric Stacey .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hall .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Fred Harpman .... production film treatment
 
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound (as Don Bassman)
David Dockendorf .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
John C. Caldwell .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travilla .... costume supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John S. Bottomly .... technical advisor
Phillip J. Di Natale .... technical advisor
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U (re-release) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:11 (DVD rating) (2006) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:R (re-rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Tony Curtis does not appear until one hour into the film.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Albert DeSalvo:[inside sanitarium] But... I don't belong here.... I-I guess everybody says that, don't they?See more »
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How true is the movie to the real events?The movie is highly fictionalized.
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Good, well-done thriller, 10 October 2001
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

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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