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Frenzy -- A serial killer is murdering London women with a necktie. The police have a suspect... but he's the wrong man.


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Arthur La Bern (novel)
Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 June 1972 (USA) See more »
Just an ordinary necktie used with a deadly new twist. [Australia Theatrical] See more »
A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jon Finch ... Richard Ian Blaney

Alec McCowen ... Chief Inspector Oxford

Barry Foster ... Robert Rusk

Billie Whitelaw ... Hetty Porter

Anna Massey ... Babs Milligan
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Brenda Margaret Blaney

Bernard Cribbins ... Felix Forsythe
Vivien Merchant ... Mrs. Oxford

Michael Bates ... Sergeant Spearman

Jean Marsh ... Monica Barling

Clive Swift ... Johnny Porter
Madge Ryan ... Mrs. Davison
Elsie Randolph ... Gladys
Gerald Sim ... Mr. Usher - Solicitor in Pub
John Boxer ... Sir George
George Tovey ... Neville Salt
Jimmy Gardner ... Hotel Porter
Noel Johnson ... Doctor in Pub
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bilton ... Blaney Trial Jury Foerman (archive footage)
Robert Rietty ... of Doctor (voice)
Susan Travers ... Victim
Brian Badcoe ... Man In Crowd (uncredited)
Joby Blanshard ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
John Cannon ... Murder Scene Policeman (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
Gerry Cowper ... Spectator at Opening Rally (uncredited)
June Ellis ... Maisie - Barmaid (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Covent Garden Lorry Driver (uncredited)
John Golightly ... CID Police Photographer (uncredited)
Drewe Henley ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Spectator at Opening Rally (uncredited)
Robert Keegan ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Bunny May ... Barman (uncredited)

Margaret Nolan ... Small role (uncredited)
James Payne ... Covent Garden - Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Michael Sheard ... Jim (uncredited)
Jack Silk ... Police Driver (uncredited)
Roy Skelton ... CID Man (uncredited)
Colin Spaull ... Man (uncredited)
Paul Tropea ... Boy at the Thames (uncredited)
Rita Webb ... Mrs. Rusk (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Pub Patron (uncredited)
Richard Wyler ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Jeremy Young ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Arthur La Bern (novel "Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square")

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)

Produced by
William Hill .... associate producer
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography) (as Gil Taylor)
Leonard J. South (uncredited)
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
Casting by
Sally Nicholl 
Production Design by
Syd Cain 
Art Direction by
Robert W. Laing  (as Bob Laing)
Costume Design by
Julie Harris (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (as Pat McDermott)
Peter Frampton .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
Brian Burgess .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin M. Brewer .... assistant director
D. Howard Grigsby .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Ben Harrison .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Simon Wakefield .... set dresser
Maurice Cain .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Leon Davis .... construction manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
Peter Handford .... sound mixer
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Hickey .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
David Stephenson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Wilson .... camera operator
Peter Taylor .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dulcie Midwinter .... wardrobe supervisor
Charles Guerin .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alan Strachan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
Other crew
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Peggy Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock
Ron Allday .... production accountant (uncredited)
Ian Goddard .... location manager (uncredited)
Dan Slater .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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116 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1972) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R (certificate no. 23143) | USA:TV-14 (edited tv version: AMC print) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

The role of Robert Rusk was originally offered to Michael Caine. After Caine declined the role he later mentioned in his memoirs how Hitchcock completely ignored him when they met in a hotel a few years later.See more »
Continuity: (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 »
Bob Rusk:Don't forget, Bob's your uncle.See more »
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65 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
One Potato...Two Potato...Three Potato...Four, 5 March 2001

The grand man of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, directs this dark film about a man that kills women with neckties with relish, aplomb, and an atypical grimness. The story is typical Hitch as an innocent man is pushed into a world of intrigue around him as everyone believes him to be the necktie killer. Jon Finch plays the innocent with earnestness and is quite good in his role. The rest of the cast is very effective as well. Hithcock, however, is the real star with his camera. Although much of the film is nothing more than tried and true material, Alfred Hitchcock makes the mundane spectacular with his camera and some great shots and spaces of silence. The scene where a girl coming back from lunch is awesome as we the audience are made to wait what seems an eternity for her to discover what has taken place since she left. The scene of the camera moving in and out of the house of the killer is also wonderful, as is the scene with the killer in the potato truck. That scene is easily the most suspenseful of the entire film. The film is particularly dark for Hitchcock as a women is raped rather abruptly(for lack of a better word) showing naked breasts and genuine terror. To counter-balance the more lurid aspects of the film is a subplot story of a police inspector, played with charm by Alec McCowen, whose wife constantly feeds him nothing but gourmet meals that sound and look quite horrible! These scenes are so funny and charming! A good thriller from the master of suspense!

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