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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 Blaney

Barry Foster ... Robert Rusk

Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Brenda Blaney

Anna Massey ... Babs Milligan

Alec McCowen ... Chief Inspector Oxford
Vivien Merchant ... Mrs. Oxford

Billie Whitelaw ... Hetty Porter

Clive Swift ... Johnny Porter

Bernard Cribbins ... Felix Forsythe

Michael Bates ... Sergeant Spearman

Jean Marsh ... Monica Barling

Madge Ryan ... Mrs. Davison

Elsie Randolph ... Gladys
Gerald Sim ... 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:
Brian Badcoe ... Man In Crowd (uncredited)
Michael Bilton ... Blaney Trial Jury Foerman (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)
Roberta Gibbs ... Body in river Thames (uncredited)
John Golightly ... CID Police Photographer (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Spectator on South Bank (uncredited)

Drewe Henley ... Forensics technician (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Spectator at Opening Rally (uncredited)
Robert Keegan ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Roy Lansford ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Doreen Mantle ... Woman in crowd (uncredited)
Bunny May ... Barman (uncredited)
James Payne ... Covent Garden - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... of Doctor (voice) (uncredited)
Phillip Ross ... Policeman (uncredited)

Michael Sheard ... Jim (uncredited)
Jack Silk ... Police Driver (uncredited)

Roy Skelton ... CID Man (uncredited)

Colin Spaull ... Man (uncredited)

Susan Travers ... Victim (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 (uncredited)
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 (casting)
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
Pat McDermott .... hairdresser
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)
Drummond Riddell .... 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
Graham V. Hartstone .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Hickey .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
David Stephenson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
Jenny Le Free .... stunt double: Barbara Leigh-Hunt (uncredited)
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)
Location Management
Ian Goddard .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
Eric Tomlinson .... music engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
Beryl Harvey .... production secretary
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Peggy Robertson .... assistant to Mr. Hitchcock
Ron Allday .... production accountant (uncredited)
Dan Slater .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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116 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)
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) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (2001) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut: by 19 secs) (1989) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate no. 23143) | USA:TV-14 (edited tv version: AMC print) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

One of the awful meals prepared for Chief Inspector Oxford by his wife - cailles aux raisins (quail with grapes) - is what both Andre and Wally order at the beginning of the film My Dinner with Andre (1981).See more »
Continuity: The position of the detective's wife's hands during the second meal varies between shots while she is eating breadsticks.See more »
Babs Milligan:If Brenda gave you money at dinner, why'd you sleep in the duff house? You could've afforded a hotel!
Richard Blaney:I didn't realize I had it! She slipped it into the pocket of my raincoat.
Babs Milligan:Oh, go on, Dick! Why don't you pull the other one? It's got bells on it!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Very Bad Things (1998)See more »
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27 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
One final note, 29 July 2003
Author: james_oblivion from Nowhere Interesting

Those who blame Hitchcock for the intensity of the rape/strangulation scene should realize that he wrote neither the screenplay (which was written by playwright Anthony Shaffer, best known for his marvelous comic/mystery "Sleuth") nor the novel upon which it was based ("Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square" by Arthur La Bern)...and that the scene in the film runs exactly the same course, with precisely the same detail as the scene in the book. In fact, now that I think of it, the scene in the film is actually tamer. Hitchcock's film does not, after all, make any reference to the post-mortem insertion of a letter opener. If anything, Hitch showed restraint with his version of the scene. Not as much restraint as is usual for him...but restraint, nonetheless. And he achieved what he set out to do. The scene is absolutely chilling. And not only is it's the most unforgettable scene of its kind.

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