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The Todd Killings (1971)

R | | Crime, Drama | November 1971 (UK)
Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmid ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of ... See full summary »

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Barry Shear
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert F. Lyons ... Skipper Todd
Richard Thomas ... Billy Roy
Belinda Montgomery ... Roberta
Sherry E. DeBoer ... Amata (as Sherry Miles)
Joyce Ames Joyce Ames ... Haddie
Holly Near ... Norma
James Broderick ... Sam Goodwin
Gloria Grahame ... Mrs. Roy
Fay Spain ... Mrs. Mack
Edward Asner ... Fred Reardon
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Mrs. Todd
Michael Conrad ... Detective Shaw
Frank Webb
William Lucking
Sandy Brown Wyeth Sandy Brown Wyeth
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Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmid ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of high school kids in a small California town. Girls find him attractive and are only too willing to accompany him to a nearby desert area to be his "girl for the night." Not all of them return, however. Featuring Richard Thomas as his loyal hanger-on and a colorful assortment of familiar actors in vivid character roles including Barbara Bel Geddes, Gloria Grahame, Edward Asner, Fay Spain, James Broderick and Michael Conrad. Written by alfiehitchie

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Another Kill. Another Thrill. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

What Are We Going to Do Without Skipper? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired the song "The Todd Killings" by Angry Samoans. See more »

Quotes

Detective Shaw: Are you putting us on?
Skipper Todd: Putting you on? What do you mean?
Detective Shaw's Partner: We picked up your girlfriend Norma. She's in the other room. She told us everything.
Skipper Todd: Everything?
Detective Shaw's Partner: Yeah, I mean what you did to Sue Ellen. Now why would your girlfriend want to tell lies about you?
Skipper Todd: For revenge. Jealousy. Hell, you know better than I do, woman are irrational.
[starts smiling]
Skipper Todd: But she didn't do that did she? But you guys are good... really good at timing and everything. Ha-ha! God! You guys are great! Ha-ha.
Detective Shaw: Look, there's talk...
[...]
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[prologue] The story you are about to see is a fictionalized dramatization of actual case histories. The names and certain characterizations and incidents have been changed to protect the innocent...and, in some cases, to protect the guilty. See more »

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References The Boys in the Band (1970) See more »

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Great fun, better than River's Edge!
27 October 2006 | by thecutzSee all my reviews

Very cool 1970 character study of a pseudo-hippy turned serial killer. From the first 5 minutes, you know you're in for a treat. Barry Shear directs with real vigor, favoring tight close-ups and odd angles. There are many nice touches, particularly the swimming pool scene and the amazing opener. Robert F. Lyons gives a very funny, realistic performance as Skipper Todd; the big-fish-in-a-small-pond woman(girl!)izing hipster who is really the ultimate misanthrope. The scenes with his liberal, 'understanding' mother (who even unknowingly defends him against the mother of a girl he murdered!) are especially poignant. The movie is rife with political commentary also, for instance when Skipper's lawyer suggests he blame his killing spree on LSD and the fact that the kids in town still idolize him after he's found out. It features a tremendous script and great supporting roles from Barbara Bel Geddes(Vertigo), Gloria Grahame (The Big Heat) and a bit part from Michael Conrad (Un Flic, Hill Street Blues). Recommended.


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