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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deliberate Stranger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Deborah Goodrich's character Martha Chambers, the pretty young girl who sticks by his side till the end, even after his long-time girlfriend severs ties (and nicknaming him "Bundy Bunny", is very loosely based on Bundy's later wife, Carole Ann Boone. Boone never worked with Bundy at the prevention center, and didn't know him as long as depicted here. 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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Scary as hell
29 June 2003 | by Murrayjohn2See all my reviews

The Deliberate Stranger is scary as hell!I first saw this TV-movie when I was in college.I watched in in a floor lounge with some of the girls in my dorm.It scared all of us.There are a few factual and name changes(I caught them because I read both the Larsen book and Ann Rule's book The Stranger Beside Me)but they don't detract from the well-written and directed film.Veteran TV director Chomsky acquites himself nicely.The movie hangs on the performance of the actor playing Bundy,and Mark Harmon delivers,boy does he!His performance as Bundy is absolutely bone-chilling in his ability to portray the switch from charming hunk to homicidal rage.The scene in the sorority house is one of the scariest I've ever seen in a TV-movie! Good performances also come from Glynnis O'Connor as Cas ,his devoted but ultimately doubting girlfriend,Frederuc Forrest as Bundys's chief nemesis,Det. Bob Keppel,the always dependable M.Emmet Walshs as a veteran Washington cop,John Ashton as Keppel's partner,Ben Masters and Frederick Coffin as the two other detectives who pursue Bundy,and George Grizzard as Larsen,whoportrays effectively Larsen's journey frombeing Bund's friend to coming to the realization of just what he is.Unlike others,I also liked Gil Melle's score. 10 out of 10


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