A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
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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Novelist Arthur La Bern later expressed his dissatisfaction with Anthony Shaffer's adaptation of his book. Although he'd heard negotiations were underway to film his book, the author only learnt about Hitchcock's active involvement on reading about it in "The Times" in January 1971. He did benefit from the film, however, when his book was reissued as "Frenzy" as a tie-in. See more »
At the start of the movie Blaney is seen finishing the knot on his tie. In the next shot (of him coming down the staircase into the bar), he has the same tie but the colored stripes are different in the knot. See more »
Chief Inspector Oxford:
Mr. Rusk, you're not wearing your tie.
[Robert Rusk is speechless for a moment]
[he drops the trunk that he has just dragged into the room]
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After 30 years in the USA and after the disappointments of "Torn Curtain" (1966) and "Topaz" (1969), Alfred Hitchcock came back to his native Britain for this film -written by Anthony Shaffer from a novel by Arthur La Bern.
"Frenzy" is his penultimate movie, certainly the best one of his last period. The way the Master films is very classic -deliberately old fashioned; at the same time all the charachters are very modern -they belong to a more and more decadent and neurotic London.
Almost from the beginning we know who the criminal is, and Hitchcock enjoys himself in showing how the man tries to escape and how he betrays people. Director's trademarks are also back in force: suspense (a lot!) and humour -more sarcastic and sharper than ever.
For "Frenzy" the Master doesn't get movie stars, instead he chooses local stage actors. In my opinion he does this because, first, he wants the film to be very English. Furthermore, he wants this time more ordinary faces for making the story more shocking (with famous actors in the main roles, the plot -in a certain way- could be identified mostly with them and loose strength, instead Hitchcock avoids that "paradox"...).
Maybe "Frenzy" is not an unforgettable masterpiece like "Psycho", "Vertigo", "Birds" or many other works. But it is a great movie indeed.
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