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The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (1989)

The true chilling story of the "two of a kind", killin' cousins Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the Hillside Stranglers, is told in this TV drama. The movie concentrates ... See full summary »

Director:

Steve Gethers (as Steven Gethers)

Writers:

Darcy O'Brien (book), Steve Gethers (teleplay) (as Steven Gethers)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Crenna ... Sgt. Bob Grogan
Dennis Farina ... Angelo Buono
Billy Zane ... Kenneth Bianchi
Tony Plana ... Mike Hernandez
James Tolkan ... Lt. Ed Henderson
Karen Austin ... J.D. Jackson
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Judge George
Robert Harper ... Los Angeles Deputy D.A. Richard Carson
Mary Jackson
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman
William Bassett ... Dr. Watts (as William H. Bassett)
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Dr. Owens
Rick Fitts ... Sgt. Thorpe
Ed Hooks Ed Hooks ... Gary Wilson
Randy Kovitz ... Jason Brown
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Storyline

The true chilling story of the "two of a kind", killin' cousins Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the Hillside Stranglers, is told in this TV drama. The movie concentrates on the killers story, as well as on the life of Officer Bob Grogan, who investigated their case. Look for the real Bob Grogan as the Washington cop who arrests Kenneth Bianchi! Written by Jaromir Krol <jaromirk@kr.onet.pl>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

2 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two of a Kind: The Case of the Hillside Stranglers See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A TV movie made for the NBC network. See more »

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Version of The Hillside Strangler (2004) See more »

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Pretty Great Look at a Notorious Serial Killing
23 July 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The true chilling story of the "two of a kind", killin' cousins Angelo Buono (Dennis Farina) and Kenneth Bianchi (Billy Zane), better known as the Hillside Stranglers, is told in this TV drama. The movie concentrates on the killers story, as well as on the life of Officer Bob Grogan (Richard Crenna), who investigated their case.

I appreciated how well this followed the true story. Obviously a fair number of things were changed because it was television and had to fit a full narrative in 90 minutes. But still pretty great. I wonder about the German psychic who claimed the killers were "two Italian brothers" -- was that real??

This film has a quirky Billy Zane, early in his career. Zane has had his highs and lows, and I would put this among his better parts. This film could possibly be released to DVD and do okay.

And then we have Farina with a big mustache; to many viewers, he might seem perhaps a bit old to be Zane's cousin. However, in real life the stranglers were about twenty years apart, so this is quite accurate. I love how easily a former police officer can play a cold-blooded crook.


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