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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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21 June 1972 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,348,248 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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One of the awful meals prepared for Chief Inspector Oxford by his wife -- cailles aux raisins (quail with grapes) -- is what both Andre and Wally order at the beginning of the film My Dinner With Andre. See more »

Goofs

After the camera goes back down the staircase and out the front door into the market, a man walks past with a big sack of tomatoes to cover the transition from the studio shot to the exterior. Before he passes (the studio shot), the door frame on the right is clean, but afterwards (the exterior), a greasy black stain can be seen on the right of the "real" door frame above the doorbell. Also in the exterior shot, a lampshade and the shadow of the archway over the interior door can be seen reflected in the window over the stairs when no such reflection was seen in the studio shot. See more »

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Bob Rusk: Hey, Dick! What about Coming Up then?
Richard Blaney: No, I'm afraid I haven't any time. Thanks all the same.
Bob Rusk: No, Coming Up, the horse. He won by a mile. Twenty to one. What did I tell you?
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Exceptional Hitchcock thriller
25 June 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Frenzy" was Alfred Hitchcock's next-to-last film. And though it's not a great classic like "Psycho" and "North by Northwest", it's still a very good movie. After making mostly American movies for four decades, Hitchcock returned to his native Britain to make "Frenzy". It's about a series of murders that's devastating London. These murders have two things in common: 1) The victims are all women; and 2) they're all raped and then strangled with a neck-tie. When a marriage counselor is murdered this way, the police suspect the woman's ex-husband is the culprit. But actually the husband is innocent, and is forced to hide out from the cops. "Frenzy" has all the usual Hitchcock elements: thrills, suspense, comedy, and Hitchcock's cameo appearence. The two best scenes in the movie are the hilarious moments when the police inspector (who's heading up the investigation of the neck-tie murders) is served two gourmet dinners by his wife. These scenes are very funny. The comic moments is what gives "Frenzy" a edge over Hitchcock's previous film "Topaz". Plus, it's a more entertaining thriller.

*** (out of four)


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