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The Deliberate Stranger (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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alptraum des Grauens See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ted Bundy, who was still on death row and appealing his case to the U.S. Supreme court when "The Deliberate Stranger" premiered on TV, refused to watch the movie. See more »

Goofs

The Theater at the Utah Mall has "Out of Africa" as one of the films playing. This incident took place in 1974 and "Out Of Africa" didn't hit the big screens until 1985. See more »

Quotes

Det. Bob Keppel: The MO of the Ted at Lake Sammamish, same fractures to the victim's skulls, and the same mountain location where the bodies were dumped all add up to one human... monster.
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Referenced in Turbulence (1997) See more »

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I love this movie
1 February 2006 | by verbie3663See all my reviews

Another comment on here mentions that this movie reminded the person of "Helter Skelter". That's for a good reason. Both films were directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. Chomsky is a master at taking real life murder mysteries and conveying them to film. I have both "The Deliberate Stranger" and "Helter Skelter" on video, along with another Chomsky classic, "Billionaire Boys Club" starring Judd Nelson. I have saved these movies on tape over the years because I enjoy movies about true stories, and I enjoy watching them from time to time.

Mark Harmon was excellent in this movie. Previously, he had usually been cast as a "good guy" in most everything he did, and this film allowed him to stretch his acting muscles and show critics, casting directors, producers and directors that he could pull off a completely different character. Harmon was, and still is one of the leading actors in Hollywood today.


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