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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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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 4 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Just an ordinary necktie used with a deadly new twist. [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Penultimate movie of Sir Alfred Hitchcock. It was his fifty-second. See more »

Goofs

During a meal scene, Inspector Oxford is offered a food item that he says "looks like a pig's foot." The item is medium sized before he is given it and large in the next shot when he is given it (the size goes back to medium after that). See more »

Quotes

[discussing the tie murders]
Solicitor in Pub: Let's hope he slips up soon.
Doctor in Pub: In one way I rather hope he doesn't. We haven't had a good juicy series of sex murders since Christie. And they're so good for the tourist trade. Foreigners somehow expect the squares of London to be fog-wreathed, full of hansom cabs and *littered* with ripped whores, don't you think?
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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 & DVD releases. See more »

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Soundtracks

Poem
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Music by Zdenek Fibich
Arranged by Ron Goodwin
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User Reviews

A great horror film about sex, murder and food (Not in that order)
21 November 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

On the surface, Alfred Hitchcock's FRENZY seems to be a compelling thriller about a serial killer stalking young London girls. It almost is a horror film about film. Jon Finch is a London Bartender caught stealing DRINKS, and is fired. His best pal, Rusk (where are you, Barry Foster?) a GREEN-GROCER, offers him FOOD and encouragment. Meanwhile Scotland Yard is seeking a serial killer who rapes and strangles his victims. The head detective on the case has to endure his wife's HIDEOUS GOURMET COOKING while tracing clues such as a body found in a POTATO SACK, or the half eaten APPLE at a murder site. Also the food refernces abound in the dialog "Don't squeeze the goods till they are yours" the killer tells his victim, or the cop saying "We have to catch him before his appetite is wetted again."

All this makes FRENZY a rich, creepy classic thriller. The food refrences aren't overdone. They are cooked just perfect. Delicious!


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