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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 (based on the novel "Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square" by), Anthony Shaffer (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The documentary included in the DVD release shows "Blaney" was originally named "Blamey" ("blame me"). This is as it appears in Arthur La Bern's source novel "Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square". See more »

Goofs

(at around 16 ins) Blaney has a cigarette in his mouth and pushes the door open using his right hand. In the next shot of him, he's still opening the door with his right hand, but the cigarette is now in his right hand, not his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Robert Rusk: Don't forget, Bob's your uncle.
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Crazy Credits

The Universal Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema and initial 1989 CIC video releases were cut by 19 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of underwear removal and closeups of neck strangling from the murder scene. The cuts were restored in all later Universal video and DVD releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Halloween (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Poem
(uncredited)
Music by Zdenek Fibich
Arranged by Ron Goodwin
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A truly engaging nail-biter!
7 January 2003 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

Hitchcock did one hell of a job! I was planning on watching this movie just for about 30 minutes before going to sleep and was gonna finish watching it the next day, but instead I was so engaged that I couldn't stop watching and stayed awake the whole 2 hours. I loved the irony of the actual rapist having no clues pointing to him and the innocent man having all clues pointing to him. The scene involving the rapist in the back of the truck, rummaging through a sack of potatoes (and that's all I'll reveal) is classic suspense. I also loved how Hitchcock left the rape scenes (excluding the first one) up to the imagination. There is a great shot where one of the victims is being raped and we don't even hear any off-screen yells or screams. The camera simply tracks backwards down a staircase and out the front door, where people walk by minding their own business, ignorant to the evil that's being committed a floor above. Any amateurish director would've went for true shock value and showed all the rape scenes in explicit detail. We don't call Hitchcock the master of suspense for nothing. The scene is still quite haunting. In horror and suspense, what you don't see can be a lot more frightening than what you do see, since the imagination is a powerful thing. The last line of the movie should go down in history. It had me bawling with laughter! Just that one line gave perfect closure to this wonderful film.

My score: 8 (out of 10)


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Country:

UK

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:

$4,121
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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