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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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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:
Film debut of Edward Winter.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 »
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Cedric:Excuse us, we have a date with a gunnery sergeant.See more »
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Is 'The Boston Strangler' based on a book?
What became of Albert DeSalvo?
Who was the Boston Strangler?
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40 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Fiction, 16 February 2002
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA

There is a big problem with this movie -- aside from the unecessary and distracting use of the split screen, a passing fad ripped off from Warhol's Chelsea Girls. The first half is an almost flawless police procedural. It doesn't stick to historical facts all that much. Bottomly was a political nobody whose main job was to keep the public thinking that something was being done. The second half deals with Albert DeSalvo the man and is pretty much hyped up and fictional. It turns from a good docudrama into a standard piece of Hollywood baloney. Not a reflection on Tony Curtis's performance. He's better here than in most of his performances, some of which -- Some Like It Hot and The Outsider -- are pretty good. But, first, there is a lot of controversy surrounding the diagnosis of multiple personality disorder. MPD is when two or more whole and integrated personalities inhabit the same body. It may or may not be "real" and in any case is easily faked. And DeSalvo didn't "have it." I don't mean to harp on the issue of historical accuracy. Sometimes, as in Shakespeare in Love, it really doesn't matter much, but in this case it does because it's used as a deus ex machina that resolves all the questions the actual facts raise. Interviews with DeSalva make it clear that he knew exactly what he was doing when he was doing it. And he didn't need help in remembering the facts. He recalled all of the details, including the state of his penis, while he committed the murders. The film changes history and turns him into just another dramatic case of MPD. Nothing is said about his admission that he was also a criminal rapist known to the police as "the green man," who, in the guise of a talent scout, went around measuring girl's busts and hips, thousands of them by his admission. The film also leaves out any reference to his escape from jail and his subsequent recapture wearing a sailor's uniform. He never had the anxiety attack shown in the film. He never went over the edge into irredeemable psychosis. Any competent shrink in reviewing the case would diagnose the real Boston strangler as a socialized type of anti-social personality disorder, the kind of illness that used to be called "psychopath." He was a con man, pure and simple. The ending is dramatic but it's nothing but fictional trash designed to lull an unthinking audience into the belief that even the most loathsome and darkest aspect of human nature has a comprehensible explanation. The twisting of fact is understandable, however. The real, historical explanation, or the lack of it, would give not only the Boston strangler but all the rest of us an anxiety attack. Some people commit thoroughly rotten acts -- and none of the rest of us knows why.

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