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Frenzy (1972)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  21 June 1972 (USA)
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A serial killer is murdering London women with a necktie. The police have a suspect... but he's the wrong man.

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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 Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Just an ordinary necktie used with a deadly new twist. [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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21 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frenzy  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,348,248 (Sweden)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Robert Rusk was originally offered to Michael Caine. After Caine declined the role he later mentioned in his memoirs how Hitchcock completely ignored him when they met in a hotel a few years later. See more »

Goofs

The head on the pints of beer disappears between shots as Maisie brings them to the bar for the doctor and his companion. See more »

Quotes

Richard Blaney: [announcing himself to his wife's receptionist] You can inform Mrs. Blaney that one of her less successful exercises in matrimony has come to see her.
Monica Barling: And who shall I say is calling?
Richard Blaney: Mr. Blaney.
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The Universal Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »

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Referenced in Halloween (1978) See more »

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Poem
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Music by Zdenek Fibich
Arranged by Ron Goodwin
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One final note
29 July 2003 | by (Nowhere Interesting) – See all my reviews

Those who blame Hitchcock for the intensity of the rape/strangulation scene should realize that he wrote neither the screenplay (which was written by playwright Anthony Shaffer, best known for his marvelous comic/mystery "Sleuth") nor the novel upon which it was based ("Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square" by Arthur La Bern)...and that the scene in the film runs exactly the same course, with precisely the same detail as the scene in the book. In fact, now that I think of it, the scene in the film is actually tamer. Hitchcock's film does not, after all, make any reference to the post-mortem insertion of a letter opener. If anything, Hitch showed restraint with his version of the scene. Not as much restraint as is usual for him...but restraint, nonetheless. And he achieved what he set out to do. The scene is absolutely chilling. And not only is it memorable...it's the most unforgettable scene of its kind.


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