"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
4,644 ( 241)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Deliberate Stranger (TV Movie 1986)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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 »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Stars: Mark Harmon, Frederic Forrest, George Grizzard
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A pair of girls seeking adventure beyond the their Western Washington trailer park encounter the area's most ruthless serial killer. Based on Sheriff David Reichert's book, "Chasing the ... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Currie Graham, Amy Davidson
Gacy (Video 2003)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Model citizen, devoted father, loving husband and serial killer John Wayne Gacy - a man with over 30 dead men and boys entombed in the crawl space underneath his family house. Based on a true story.

Director: Clive Saunders
Stars: Mark Holton, Adam Baldwin, Tom Waldman
Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Director: Svetozar Ristovski
Stars: William Forsythe, Jesse Moss, Emma Lahana
To Catch a Killer (TV Series 2014)
Crime | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Police officer and professor Mike Arntfield leads a squad of tech-savvy civilians as they work to solve horrific cold cases in this episodic documentary drama.

Stars: Michael Arntfield, Danya Dixon, Peter Leimbigler
Evilenko (2004)
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1984, in Kiev, the communist teacher Andrej Romanovic Evilenko is dismissed from his position after a pedophilic act against a student. On 15 May 1984, the pedophile Evilenko begins to ... See full summary »

Director: David Grieco
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Marton Csokas, Ronald Pickup
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Based on the life of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and ate many of them before he was caught in 1991.

Director: David R. Bowen
Stars: Carl Crew, Cassidy Phillips, Donna Stewart Bowen
Citizen X (TV Movie 1995)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed over 50 victims, mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a Communist state, the police investigations ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Gerolmo
Stars: Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow
Dahmer (2002)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Before his arrest and conviction for serial murders, chocolate factory worker Jeffrey Dahmer hunts Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for young attractive males to turn into unconscious (eventually dead... See full summary »

Director: David Jacobson
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Great
Bundy (2002)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story of serial killer Ted Bundy.

Director: Matthew Bright
Stars: Michael Reilly Burke, Boti Bliss, Julianna McCarthy
The Hunt for the BTK Killer (TV Movie 2005)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas home in on the serial killer known as BTK.

Director: Stephen Kay
Stars: Robert Forster, Michael Michele, Maury Chaykin
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

While working at a Seattle clinic for women in the 1970s, Ann Rule becomes friends with Ted Bundy. Based on a book by Ann Rule.

Director: Paul Shapiro
Stars: Billy Campbell, Barbara Hershey, Kevin Dunn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Joe Kozenczak
...
Rachel Grayson
...
Attorney Carlson
Martin Julien ...
Koslo
Scott Hylands ...
Paxton
David Eisner ...
Williams
John Boylan ...
Atkins
Tony De Santis ...
DeMarco (as Tony DeSantis)
...
King
Gary Reineke ...
Petrie
Tim Progosh ...
Morris
Danny Pawlick ...
Santori
...
Bragg
Brenda Bazinet ...
Alice Pearson
Edit

Storyline

"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer who raped and murdered over 30 young boys. Written by Jaromir Krol <jaromirk@kr.onet.pl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jagt den Killer  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (video) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In preparing for the role of Lt. Kozenczak, Michael Riley interviewed the real Joe Kozenczak at length to learn about the case and the man. See more »

Goofs

A Ryne Sandberg Cubs poster is hanging on the wall. At the time of the murders, Sandberg was with the Philadelphia Phillies. He didn't come to the Cubs until 1982. See more »

Connections

Version of Gacy (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Intense and chilling; a great Dennehy performance

In a fine made-for-TV effort, "To Catch A Killer" profiles notorious murderer John Wayne Gacy (played chillingly by Brian Dennehy), his mask of a respected public citizen, the awful secret he kept, and the relentless attempt to expose him. Dennehy's work with the supporting characters is darkly magical and the story reminds you that it's real with every chance. Highly recommended for fans of Dennehy and of good psychological thrillers.


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Runtime shortened ? dan073062
dispute with my dad shadowmixer2003
Dennehy was great, but... greginmidwest
Buying the film!! lcfc-eva
Riley and Dennehy= Wonderful Chemistry ethan_hunt43
Oscars peteofred
Discuss To Catch a Killer (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?