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26 September 1975 (USA) See more »
A docudrama based on the actual incident involving Catherine "Kitty" Genovese who, on March 13, 1964, was attacked and viciously stabbed to death several times by a psychopath, while nearby residents watched but did nothing to help. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Raul Julia ... Detective Nick Rodriguez

John P. Ryan ... Detective Dave Lambert (as John Ryan)
Phillip Clark ... Detective Johnny Bellon

Lucie Arnaz ... Judy

Edward Asner ... Peter Singleton

Art Carney ... Mr. Jacobs

Diahann Carroll ... Betty May

Kate Jackson ... Carol

Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. Singleton

Tina Louise ... Hilda Murray

Nancy Walker ... Mrs. Jacobs

Eric Braeden ... Kosinsky

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Alice Whitmore
Dimitra Arliss ... Mrs. Kosinsky

William Bryant ... Harry Whitmore (as Bill Bryant)
Joan Goodfellow ... Mrs. Daniels
Thelma Houston ... Lady Wing Ding

Bert Freed ... Detective Ross

Don Pedro Colley ... Detective Hughes

Tony Dow ... Joey

Sally Kirkland ... Mary

Todd Susman ... Jimmy Crescent

Belinda Balaski ... Jenny Storm
George Loros ... Sergeant Lloyd
Les Lannom ... Mr. Daniels

Joe E. Tata ... Detective Linsky
Jose Senteno ... Frank Martinez
Paul Reid Roman ... Patrolman Alpert (as Paul Roman)

Robert Ito ... Hospital Intern

Helen Hunt ... Teila Rodriguez
Rick Traeger ... Mr. Deutch

Morris Buchanan ... Sanitation Man
Sam Lewis ... Sanitation Man

Bill Quinn ... Man with Cigar (as William Quinn)
James Jeter ... Bus Driver
Robert Cleaves ... Clerk
Carolyn Ames ... Receptionist

Gail Bonney ... Landlady
Frank Ventgen ... First Patrolman

Keith Wheeler ... Black Man
Ava Readdy ... Girl
Alan Paige ... Technician
Tina Menard ... Mrs. Martinez
Tony Mancini ... Worker (as Anthony Mancini)
Alma Collins ... Black Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Reynolds ... Invesigator (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard T. Heffron 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stirling Silliphant 

Produced by
Deanne Barkley .... producer
Ron Bernstein .... executive producer
Donald March .... associate producer
Howard Rosenman .... producer
Original Music by
Gil Melle  (as Gil Mellé)
Cinematography by
Gene Polito 
Film Editing by
David Newhouse 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
Jack G. Roberts 
Set Decoration by
Fred Price 
Makeup Department
Dee-Dee Petty .... hair stylist (as Dede Petty)
Production Management
Don Torpin .... unit manager (as Donald Torpin)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Torpin .... first assistant director (as Donald Torpin)
Art Department
Bill Wainess .... property master (as William Wainess)
Sound Department
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Keith Stafford .... sound effects editor
Bud Ekins .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Gilhooly .... gaffer (as Larry Gilhooley)
Owen Marsh .... camera operator
Harry Rez .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
G. Fern Weber .... wardrobe supervisor (as Fern Weber)
Editorial Department
Randy Jon Morgan .... second assistant editor
Rafe Newhouse .... assistant film editor
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Arthur F. 'Mickey' McAteer .... transportation captain (as Mickey McAteer)
Other crew
Judith Gill .... production secretary
Betsy Norton .... script supervisor

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96 min
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Interesting Fictionalization, 20 March 2000
Author: Vibiana from USA

This film was one of the typical seventies crisis-of-the-week type dramas. However, I have always suspected it was at least loosely based on the infamous murder of Catherine (Kitty) Genovese, which occurred in March 1964 in Queens, New York. Ms. Genovese was murdered in an almost identical fashion to the victim in this film -- attacked in the courtyard of her apartment building in Kew Gardens, screaming in vain for help while "thirty-eight witnesses" ignored her. Since this movie was filmed a scant decade or so after the actual case, perhaps there hadn't been sufficient time for reflection on the proper way to tell the story for the ages; perhaps Ms. Genovese's family refused to allow any association; or perhaps the filmmakers were just looking for a quick buck.

What they did to "spice up" the story was to add into the plotline the fact that the murder victim, "Jenny," was a lesbian; that her former girlfriend (played by Tina Louise -- imagine "the movie star" chasing Mary Ann all over Gilligan's island with perverse intentions! say it ain't so! LOL) has a history of violent and threatening behavior; and that among the neighbors who heard Jenny's dying screams are an immigrant couple from an unspecified Eastern European country who fear deportation; a sleazy housewife played by Cloris Leachman who is carrying on an affair behind her husband's back; and a married couple with Nancy Walker playing the wife, apparently having gotten lost on the way to the Bounty commercial shoot. Also look for a very young Helen Hunt, playing hotshot detective Raul Julia's daughter.

It was the seventies; what can I say?

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