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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 ...
Madge Ryan ...
Elsie Randolph ...
Gerald Sim ...
Mr. Usher - Solicitor in Pub
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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Just an ordinary necktie used with a deadly new twist. [Australia Theatrical] See more »




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Release Date:

21 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frenesí  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 2,348,248 (Sweden)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first film Hitchcock shot in Britain since The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). See more »


(at around 1 min) Richard and Babs arrive at the Coburg Hotel. The exterior shot shows two women with two suitcases standing on right-hand side of the main door outside the hotel, and Babs puts her handbag under her arm. When they enter the hotel, the interior shot shows two couples standing either side of the main entrance outside and suitcases on the pavement on the other side of the main door and Babs is hold her handbag in her right hand. See more »


Neville Salt: [about his fiancée's deceased spouse] Oh, a neat man was he, then?
Mrs. Davison: He liked a tidy place. So do I, come to that.
[hits his shoulder with a glove]
Mrs. Davison: Dandruff. We'll have to get you something for that.
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Crazy Credits

The Universal Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »


Referenced in Coming Soon (1982) See more »


Music by Zdenek Fibich
Arranged by Ron Goodwin
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User Reviews

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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