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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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A deadly new twist from the original Hitchcock. 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 Hitchcock's only film to get an R rating for its original theatrical release. See more »


During a meal scene, Inspector Oxford is offered a food item that he says "looks like a pig's foot," the item is medium sized before he is given it and large in the next shot when he is given it (the size goes back to medium after that). See more »


[to his wife]
Chief Inspector Oxford: No, discretion is not traditionally the strong suit of the psychopath, dear. Believe me, that's what we're dealing with. You ought to read his wife's divorce petition.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Halloween (1978) See more »


Music by Zdenek Fibich
Arranged by Ron Goodwin
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Hitch back in London
29 February 2004 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

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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