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The Deliberate Stranger (1986)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 4 May 1986
Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky

Writers:

Richard W. Larsen (book), Hesper Anderson (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Ted Bundy
Frederic Forrest ... Det. Bob Keppel
George Grizzard ... Richard Larsen
Ben Masters ... Det. Mike Fisher
Glynnis O'Connor ... Cas Richter
M. Emmet Walsh ... Det. Sam Davies
John Ashton ... Det. Roger Dunn
Bonnie Bartlett ... Louise Bundy
Billy Green Bush ... Officer Bradley (Provo detective)
Frederick Coffin ... Jerry Thompson
Deborah Goodrich ... Martha Chambers
Lawrence Pressman ... Ken Wolverton
Macon McCalman ... Larsen's editor
Jeannetta Arnette ... Mrs. Richter
William Boyett ... Aspen Detective
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Storyline

Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the cooperation of a number of police forces to work efficiently on this case. Soon, but not soon enough, the police eliminate endless possibilities and close in on him. Bundy is tried in the media and his good-boy attitude brings him sympathy but also the hatred of many. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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He was easy to like. Deadly to know. Tough to catch.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deliberate Stranger See more »

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Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Ted Bundy (Mark Harmon) escape the second time, making his way into the jailer's adjoined house, he grabs a coat (without checking the pockets) and leaves. In real life, Bundy searched around, found a wad of cash, and then left, being able to afford the trip to Florida. See more »

Goofs

Richard Larsen [George Grizzard] states in the beginning of the movie that Ted Bundy's reign of terror began in Seattle in 1974 and ended in Miami in 1979. While Bundy was apprehended for the last time in Florida, the murders he committed were in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, which are in the northern Florida. Miami, on the other hand, is in southern Florida, and is almost 350 miles south of Jacksonville and almost 470 miles from Tallahassee. There is no evidence that Bundy ever traveled that far south. See more »

Quotes

Det. Mike Fisher: What did you think about that call to Cas?
Jerry Thompson: Phone records show that he made one every single night a girl vanished. I'd call that more than a coincidence.
Det. Mike Fisher: I think Theodore had a need to tell Mommy he was a really good boy after all. A little stroking.
Richard Larsen: I loved that bit about the patent leather shoes. Ted says he's never had any, and this guy who lives in Ted's apartment house sits there on the stand: "I distinctly remember Ted Bundy wearing patent leather shoes because I happen to hate patent ...
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This movie is pretty entertaining.
25 March 2001 | by prohibited-name-1015See all my reviews

I think this movie is very good and it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. This movie is based on the murders of the famous mass murderer, Ted Bundy. This movie is entertaining, but on the other hand it's disturbing and depressing also. It would be bad enough if this movie were fiction, but this isn't fiction. Ted Bundy, the main character in this movie, began a murdering spree back in the middle 1970's and murdered many young innocent girls. This movie shows how looks can certainly be deceiving because Ted Bundy was not only a very handsome young man, but he was also very intelligent, well liked, and in fact studying to be a lawyer. In this film, it shows how nieve young girls can be. Who'd think this young and charming good lookin guy could have such a dark and cold side to him?! Well not many people thought this, no one at all. But of course this all changed when it was discovered that Ted Bundy murdered a bunch of young girls. I give this movie a 9/10 because it's very accurate. I think Mark Harmon did an excellent job with his role of Ted Bundy in the movie! It's definately worth seeing if you're interested in non-fiction stories, and also if you're interested in true-crime stuff.


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