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The Boston Strangler (1968)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 16 October 1968 (USA)
A series of brutal murders in Boston sparks a seemingly endless and increasingly complex manhunt.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Albert DeSalvo
... John S. Bottomly
... Det. Phil DiNatale
... Julian Soshnick
... Terence Huntley
... Det. Frank McAfee
... John Asgeirsson
... Dianne Cluny
... Atty. Gen. Edward W. Brooke
... Peter Hurkos
... Mary Bottomly
Carolyn Conwell ... Irmgard DeSalvo
... Cloe
Austin Willis ... Dr. Nagy
... Bobbie Eden
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Storyline

Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from the point of view of the investigators who have very few clues to build a case upon. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Why did 13 women willingly open their doors to the Boston Strangler? See more »


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16 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Frauenmörder von Boston  »

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Budget:

$4,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,810,894, 31 December 1968
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shortly before filming was set to begin, the real Albert DeSalvo escaped from the mental institution where he was imprisoned. He was later captured after being on the run for thirty-three hours. See more »

Goofs

A shot of Tony Curtis, in a doorway, includes a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado in the background, at a time (in the story) which is supposedly 1963-64 (shortly after JFK's funeral). See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ed Willis: Everybody's banging everybody. It's a horny world.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THIS IS THE TRUE STORY OF ALBERT DESALVO, THE SELF-CONFESSED BOSTON STRANGLER. THE CHARACTERS AND INCIDENTS YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE ARE BASED ON FACT. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The True Story: Boston Strangler (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me the Simple Life
(uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Played in the bar when Di Natale is talking to Carr
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change of pace for Tony Curtis
21 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Here it is, the film that proved Tony Curtis' worth as an actor; not just the pretty boy of a dozen identikit pictures of the 1950s - but here convincing as the cold blooded killer of various women; 'The Boston Strangler' now looks dated, particularly in its split-screen editing and gloomy editing, and in some of its references to 'queers', but is still a fine example within its genre.

Bleak and uncompromising in its verbal and visual details of the murders, this film is held together by the excellent work by Curtis - he really is chilling as the psychopath preying on women. The ending is especially affecting, making superb use of silence as a cinematic trick and leaving the viewer curiously numb. Not a film to leave you anything but depressed, but a must-see at least once.


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