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Steven Smith (writer)
Mimi Freedman (writer)
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Original Air Date:
11 June 2001
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Tony Curtis ... Himself / Albert DeSalvo

Richard Fleischer ... Himself - Director

Sally Kellerman ... Herself - Actress 'Dianne Cluny'

Richard H. Kline ... Himself - Cinematographer
Rino Romano ... Narrator

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself - Former Fox Studio Executive (as Richard Zanuck)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michele Farinola 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mimi Freedman  writer
Steven Smith  writer

Produced by
Kevin Burns .... executive producer
Wendy Exley .... associate producer
Jessica Falcon .... executive producer: American Movie Classics
Michele Farinola .... producer
Scott Hartford .... senior associate producer: Prometheus Entertainment
Marc Juris .... executive producer: American Movie Classics
Erika Schroeder .... coordinating producer
Steven Smith .... supervising producer
Steve Vaught .... associate producer
Original Music by
Tom Jenkins 
Chris Many 
Makeup Department
Laurie Carter .... hair stylist (as Lori Carter)
Laurie Carter .... makeup artist (as Lori Carter)
Paulina Helkova .... hair stylist
Paulina Helkova .... makeup artist
T.C. Thecla Luisi .... hair stylist (as TC Luisi)
T.C. Thecla Luisi .... makeup artist (as TC Luisi)
Production Management
Maria Broccoli .... production manager
Andrew Giacometti .... post-production manager
Kaki Kirby .... executive in charge of production: Foxstar Productions
Nancy McKenna .... executive in charge of production: American Movie Classics
Sound Department
Sandy Fellerman .... sound
Lenny Jones .... assistant sound re-recording engineer
Jeff Leemon .... sound (as Jeffrey Leemon)
Doug Scoggins .... sound
Chris White .... sound
Michael J. White .... re-recording engineer
Visual Effects by
Lars Bunch .... motion control photography: Arroyo Media
Martin Kauper .... motion control photography: Arroyo Media
Leigh Thomas .... chyron
Sean Williams .... chyron
Camera and Electrical Department
Allen Dewey .... camera operator
Cory Geryak .... camera operator
Patrick Higgins .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Carlos Aguirre .... post-production coordinator
Sam Fricke .... assistant editor
Mark W. Jacobs .... on-line editor
Darla Marasco .... director of post-production
Eric Notti .... on-line editor
Nickolas Perry .... assistant editor (as Nick Perry)
Eric Scott Wilson .... junior assistant editor (as Eric Wilson)
Music Department
Lloyd Hardy .... music coordinator
Camara Kambon .... composer: series theme
Other crew
Jared Benner .... additional production assistant
Susan M. Bowles .... production counsel: Foxstar Productions (as Susan Bowles)
Mimi Christensen .... production coordinator: Prometheus Entertainment
Michael Dussault .... media assistant
Claudia Ellis .... clearance coordinator
Heather Ford .... accounting services: Oberman, Tivoli, Miller & Pickert, Inc.
Rachel Ginnerty .... unit publicist
Riba Gleich .... researcher
Lisa Howard .... director of physical production: Foxstar Productions
Laurie Isola .... production assistant
Terry James .... accounting services: Oberman, Tivoli, Miller & Pickert, Inc.
Jerianne Keaney .... director of clearance
Sarah Kim .... accounting services: Oberman, Tivoli, Miller & Pickert, Inc.
Jeannette Moultrie .... production secretary
David Pollack .... additional production assistant (as David Pollak)
Lauralee Jarvis Rausch .... production coordinator (as Lauralee Jarvis)
Tyrone Richardson .... media technician
John Russo .... additional production assistant
Michelle Snyder .... researcher
Jared Stern .... production secretary
Linda Thomas .... administrative assistant
Jose Valencia .... media coordinator
Danny Wascou .... media manager (as Daniel Wascou)
Becca Allen .... acknowledgment: American Society of Cinematographers
Richard Bauman .... acknowledgment
Leslie Broadbelt .... acknowledgment
Tara Burdick .... acknowledgment
Ned Comstock .... acknowledgment: Richard Fleischer Collection, USC Cinema and Television Library
Mark Fleischer .... acknowledgment
Richard Fleischer .... acknowledgment: still photographs courtesy of
Richard Fleischer .... special thanks
David Grant .... acknowledgment: Twentieth Century Fox Library Services
Richard H. Kline .... acknowledgment: still photographs courtesy of
Jeffrey J. Osmer .... acknowledgment: Twentieth Century Fox Library Services (as Jeff Osmer)
Roy Windham .... acknowledgment: stills courtesy of, Baby Jane of Hollywood
Crew believed to be complete

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Tony Curtis's Frank Remarks Are Revealing, 22 July 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

"The critics said it would be savaged by the censors. The studio said the star was all wrong for the title role, but the makers of 'The Boston Stranger' refused to listen."

So starts this documentary on the terrific 1968 movie, "The Boston Strangler," starring Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda.

The part of this feature that is most memorable is Curtis being so outspoken and, yes, vain. He knows he did a tremendous job in this film and isn't afraid to tell you. He's still bitter he never got even nominated for an Academy Award. "That told me there's something wrong with the system," he said. A lot of people inferred Curtis was a bad choice for the role "but nothing could stop me.....and nothing did. It was an outstanding performance in a great movie."

Director Richard Fleischer agrees. "It was one of the greatest performances ever," he comments here. That's high praise when you look and see how many great films and actors Fleischer directed.

Curtis won the job when he put silly putty on his nose to change it and altered his face enough that it fooled studio exec Richard Zanuck and convinced Zanuck and others he would look credible in the role. "I went from handsome, blue-eyed Jewish boy to a monster," said the humble Curtis.

Another crucial aspect of the film was its use of multiple images on the screen. Fleischer had gone to Expo '67 in Montreal and had seen that on a big screen, and liked it. He thought it would be the best way "to show a city (Boston) in panic during this time."

Cinematographer Richard Kline explains, "With this technique, they eye almost always went to the new panel that came on but at the same time, the retina - like your brain - would retain all the panels that were established in your brain." In simpler terms, Kline was saying that you could get the whole picture looking at multiple panels of images at the same time. There were anywhere from two to five panels of pictures on the screen at times.

To me, this is what makes this movie unique. The only other film I can recall seeing this used like this was on "Woodstock," which also came out during this period.

However, the technique didn't catch on it and is rarely used. Sad to say, for Tony Curtis, even though this film brought him rave reviews, didn't catch on either. This role, as good as it was, didn't revive his career, as it is pointed out in this documentary.

Frankly, I don't blame Curtis if he's upset about that because he was an underrated actor and he proved his talent in this film as well as in another dramatic role in "The Sweet Smell Of Success" in 1957.. Curtis, by the way, got so into the role Albert De Salvo - the real-life confessed killer - that at the riveting finale he had to be snapped out of almost a trance at each take. Man, I can see why many actors have mental problems. Imagine yourself honestly believing, even if it is for short periods, that you are a mass-murdering strangler.

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