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Frenzy (1972)

R | | Thriller | 21 June 1972 (USA)
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Arthur La Bern (novel), Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Finch ... Richard Blaney
Barry Foster ... Robert Rusk
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Brenda Blaney
Anna Massey ... Babs Milligan
Alec McCowen ... Chief Inspector Tim Oxford
Vivien Merchant ... Mrs. Oxford
Billie Whitelaw ... Hetty Porter
Clive Swift ... Johnny Porter
Bernard Cribbins ... Felix Forsythe
Michael Bates ... Sergeant Spearman
Jean Marsh ... Monica Barling
Madge Ryan ... Mrs. Davison
Elsie Randolph ... Gladys
Gerald Sim ... Solicitor in Pub
John Boxer John Boxer ... Sir George
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Storyline

London is terrorized by a vicious sex killer known as The Necktie Murderer. Following the brutal slaying of his ex-wife, down-on-his-luck Richard Blaney is suspected by the police of being the killer. He goes on the run, determined to prove his innocence. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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A deadly new twist from the original Hitchcock. See more »

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Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,000,000, 31 January 1989
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Mancini was originally hired to score this movie. According to accounts, upon hearing the proposed score, Sir Alfred Hitchcock yelled at Mancini: "If I had wanted Bernard Herrmann, I would have hired him!" Mancini was fired from the project. His recording of his main title to this movie is available on one of his compilation of movie music excerpts, and can also be heard on the "Making of" documentary on the Frenzy DVD. See more »

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Mrs. Blaney's secretary (Jean Marsh) when giving a description of Richard Blaney clearly says 'blue' but the audio is re-dubbed to 'green' eyes. Either this was shot prior to casting the actor or the script was not corrected at the time of shooting and had to be amended in post production. See more »

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Richard Blaney: [announcing himself to his wife's receptionist] You can inform Mrs. Blaney that one of her less successful exercises in matrimony has come to see her.
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Richard Blaney: Mr. Blaney.
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The main titles were completely redone for the 2012 Blu-Ray release. This includes a completely different font, and quite a few typos were accidentally left in. See more »

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Hitch back in London
29 February 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

After 30 years in the USA and after the disappointments of "Torn Curtain" (1966) and "Topaz" (1969), Alfred Hitchcock came back to his native Britain for this film -written by Anthony Shaffer from a novel by Arthur La Bern.

"Frenzy" is his penultimate movie, certainly the best one of his last period. The way the Master films is very classic -deliberately old fashioned; at the same time all the charachters are very modern -they belong to a more and more decadent and neurotic London.

Almost from the beginning we know who the criminal is, and Hitchcock enjoys himself in showing how the man tries to escape and how he betrays people. Director's trademarks are also back in force: suspense (a lot!) and humour -more sarcastic and sharper than ever.

For "Frenzy" the Master doesn't get movie stars, instead he chooses local stage actors. In my opinion he does this because, first, he wants the film to be very English. Furthermore, he wants this time more ordinary faces for making the story more shocking (with famous actors in the main roles, the plot -in a certain way- could be identified mostly with them and loose strength, instead Hitchcock avoids that "paradox"...).

Maybe "Frenzy" is not an unforgettable masterpiece like "Psycho", "Vertigo", "Birds" or many other works. But it is a great movie indeed.


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