A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
Alice White is the daughter of a shopkeeper in 1920's London. Her boyfriend, Frank Webber is a Scotland Yard detective who seems more interested in police work than in her. Frank takes ... See full summary »
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
London is terrorised by a vicious sex killer known as the neck tie murderer. Following the brutal slaying of his ex-wife, down-on-his-luck Richard Blaney is suspected by the police of being the killer. He goes on the run, determined to prove his innocence. Written by
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A close-up of Mrs Blaney's (Barbara Leigh-Hunt's) salivating tongue after she is strangled was cut by Hitchcock at the urging of his studio, Universal. See more »
There is an obvious body double for Anna Massey in the nude scene - the double has longer, darker hair. See more »
[about his fiancée's deceased spouse]
Oh, a neat man was he, then?
He liked a tidy place. So do I, come to that.
[hits his shoulder with a glove]
Dandruff. We'll have to get you something for that.
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Uncommonly vicious for Hitchcock, but a classy film all the same
Frenzy is the most vicious of all Hitchcock's films. More violent than Psycho and The Birds, and with more detailed scenes of murder than Torn Curtain, it is almost jarring to find the master of suspense resorting to such sadistic detail. However, he just about gets away with it, because the film is blessed with a superior script and a gripping plot.
Jon Finch plays a bad-tempered RAF pilot accused of the sexual assault and muder of his ex wife. The real killer is a market tradesman names Rusk (Barry Foster). Finch is eventually captured by the police and sent to jail, but Rusk makes a mistake during one of his murders and leaves a vital clue behind. Having busted out of jail, Finch pursues Rusk to his London flat in the hope of catching him and proving his innocence.
The film is very well made. The sex attack near the beginning is a bit tasteless, but it needed to be shocking in order to convey what an evil and psychopathic person Foster really is. It may be uncomfortable to watch, but it makes its point effectively. The most memorable sequence of all is the extraordinary bit on the potato truck, where Rusk has to recover a brooch from the hand of a dead girl. Rigor mortis has set into her fingers, and in order to prise it from her grasp he has to snap each finger one at a time until the brooch comes loose. Now that's nasty.... but it's also pure Hitchcock!
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