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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
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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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Trivia

The real Ted Bundy continued to claim he was innocent until shortly before his execution in Florida's electric chair in 1989. Bundy provided details of the murders even as he was walked to the chair. 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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Another comment on here mentions that this movie reminded the person of "Helter Skelter". That's for a good reason. Both films were directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. Chomsky is a master at taking real life murder mysteries and conveying them to film. I have both "The Deliberate Stranger" and "Helter Skelter" on video, along with another Chomsky classic, "Billionaire Boys Club" starring Judd Nelson. I have saved these movies on tape over the years because I enjoy movies about true stories, and I enjoy watching them from time to time.

Mark Harmon was excellent in this movie. Previously, he had usually been cast as a "good guy" in most everything he did, and this film allowed him to stretch his acting muscles and show critics, casting directors, producers and directors that he could pull off a completely different character. Harmon was, and still is one of the leading actors in Hollywood today.


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