Alfred Hitchcock (1972)

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Our Score
Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate film saw him return to his British roots with this thriller about a necktie murderer causing havoc in London. Jon Finch plays the chief suspect but, typically, Hitchcock is more interested in black humour than a simple whodunnit. Lots of typical Hitchcockian touches are on show - a roving, restless camera; dark shots of fleeing footsteps at the edge of our view; a shocking corpse when least expected... Sleuth author Anthony Shaffer wrote the screenplay and there's plenty of other local talent on display, including Alec McCowen, Vivien Merchant and the excellent Billie Whitelaw. While some regard this as inferior fare, it remains an unsettling piece from a director in his twilight years.


London is terrorised by a serial killer who strangles women with his tie. When two of the victims are found to be the ex-wife and girlfriend of the same man, the police incorrectly suspect him of the crime. Aided by his friends, he goes on the run from the law in an attempt to prove his innocence. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, starring Jon Finch and Barry Foster.

Cast & Crew

Richard Blaney Jon Finch
Chief Inspector Oxford Alec McCowen
Robert Rusk Barry Foster
Brenda Blaney Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Babs Milligan Anna Massey
Mrs Oxford Vivien Merchant
Felix Forsythe Bernard Cribbins
Hetty Porter Billie Whitelaw
Sergeant Spearman Michael Bates
Hall porter Jimmy Gardner
Mrs Rusk Rita Webb
Johnny Porter Clive Swift
Monica Barley Jean Marsh
Spectator at rally Alfred Hitchcock
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Film Traders LtdGuidance: Violence and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray