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The Deliberate Stranger (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  4 May 1986 (USA)
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Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »

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Det. Bob Keppel
George Grizzard ...
Richard Larsen
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Det. Mike Fisher
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Cas Richter
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Det. Sam Davies
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Det. Roger Dunn
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Louise Bundy
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Officer Bradley (Provo detective)
Frederick Coffin ...
Jerry Thompson
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Martha Chambers
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Ken Wolverton
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Larsen's editor
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Mrs. Richter
William Boyett ...
Aspen detective
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Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the cooperation of a number of police forces to work efficiently on this case. Soon, but not soon enough, the police eliminate endless possibilities and close in on him. Bundy is tried in the media and his good-boy attitude brings him sympathy but also the hatred of many. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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He was easy to like. Deadly to know. Tough to catch.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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4 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Alptraum des Grauens  »

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Scenes from "The Deliberate Stranger" were filmed at The Davis County Courthouse in Farmington, Utah. See more »

Goofs

The Utah mall incident occurred in 1974 yet the Stevie Nicks album "Rock a Little", which is displayed on the store window behind Bundy and his intended victim, was not released till 1985. See more »

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Referenced in Turbulence (1997) See more »

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Good Movie But Lacking A Few Details
18 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie was thoroughly creepy and eery and Mark Harmon

steps out of his usual California beach dude persona to

portray one of the most evil and bizarre individuals

who ever lived: Ted Bundy.

However, Harmon looks the same throughout the movie and he

never goes through any appearance alterations. In real life,

Bundy hardly looked the same for more than one period or phase.

In Seattle, he had slightly long hair; a short cut in

Utah and he had a beard in Colorado and in Florida he

had a mustache and looked unkempt at the time of his

arrest. In the movie, he only alters his appearance

once and that is in the lineup scene in which he

combs his hair differently in order to throw off

his accuser and the police.

Also, if anyone has ever heard the voice of Ted Bundy, they will

know his real voice was slightly whispy and not as clear and

deep or audible as Mark Harmon's voice.

Overall, good dramatic skills by all involved and Harmon does

a pretty convincing job as Bundy and George Grizzard as

Richard Larsen (who wrote the book the film is based upon)

has a dead on performance as the friend and journalist

who wants to believe his friend is not the person

responsible for the disappearances and deaths of

young women around Seattle and soon the Western

Mountain states. Frederic Forrest as Bob Keppel

is great as the young detective in pursuit of

a man who always seems to be a step ahead.

I give the movie an 8 out of 10.


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