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Frenzy (1972)

R | | Thriller | 21 June 1972 (USA)
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.



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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivien Merchant ...
Hetty Porter
Felix Forsythe
Gerald Sim ...
John Boxer ...


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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Release Date:

21 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy  »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,000,000, 31 January 1989
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The documentary included in the DVD release shows 'Blaney' was originally named 'Blamey' (i.e. 'blame me'). This is as it appears in Arthur La Bern's source novel "Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square". See more »


The position of the detective's wife's hands during the second meal varies between shots while she is eating breadsticks. See more »


Robert Rusk: Hey, Dick! What about "Coming Up" then?
Richard Blaney: No, I'm afraid I haven't any time. Thanks all the same.
Robert Rusk: No, "Coming Up", the horse. He won by a mile. Twenty to one. What did I tell you?
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The Universal Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »


Referenced in Dizengoff 99 (1979) See more »


Music by Zdenek Fibich
Arranged by Ron Goodwin
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User Reviews

Exceptional Hitchcock thriller
25 June 2000 | by 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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