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Frenzy (1972)

R | | Thriller | 21 June 1972 (USA)
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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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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21 June 1972 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the location filming was done in and around Covent Garden and was an homage to the London of Alfred Hitchcock's childhood. The son of a Covent Garden merchant, Hitchcock filmed several key scenes showing the area as the working produce market that it was. Aware that the area's days as a market were numbered, Hitchcock wanted to record the area as he remembered it. According to the making-of feature on the DVD, an elderly man who remembered Hitchcock's father as a dealer in the vegetable market came to visit the set during the filming and was treated to lunch by the director. See more »

Goofs

The position of the detective's wife's hands during the second meal varies between shots while she is eating breadsticks. 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 Raising Cain (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Poem
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Music by Zdenek Fibich
Arranged by Ron Goodwin
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Outstanding Alfred Hitchcock Film
12 February 2004 | by (Carmichael,CA) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed Frenzy. I think that Alfred Hitchcock, although he may not have been on top of his game was still sticking to his style. I particularly enjoyed all of the suspense, actors, and screenplay. It got me more and more curious until the end. I think that Hitchcock also stuck very well to his medium in this movie. He also picked the best spots in London to film it. Although I did not necessarily appreciate the rape and murder scene he showed because it was disgusting, I really enjoyed the action. Hitchcock also did a very good job of the camera angles in this movie. For the most part it is just a regular Alfred Hitchcock film except for the nudity,the rape scene, and some slight use of horror. Overall, I think it was just the time that Hitchcock had reached the end of his career and did his best to please his audience. With his age and his state of health, I think that he did an outstanding job of his second to last film.


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