The Boston Strangler

The Boston Strangler

Richard Fleischer (1968)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This is a suspenseful and - the faint-hearted take note - often disturbing re-creation of the crimes, capture and psychoanalysis of Albert DeSalvo (played here by Tony Curtis), who confessed to being the notorious Boston Strangler, the killer of 13 women in the early 1960s. Though doubt has since been cast on DeSalvo's confession (he was never charged with the crimes due to lack of evidence, but was jailed for unrelated sex offences), this film is an authentic-feeling account. Director Richard Fleischer deftly captures the pensive atmosphere of a frightened city with a stark, documentary-style approach that makes good use of split-screen sequences. As an all-star line-up of lawmen tightens the net around the elusive maniac, Curtis proves beyond doubt he could act with a nuanced performance of considerable depth and power.


Fact-based crime drama telling the story of the serial killer who held the terrified city of Boston in his thrall during the 1960s, and detailing the intensive manhunt which eventually led to his capture. Starring Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, Mike Kellin and Hurd Hatfield.

Cast & Crew

Albert DeSalvo Tony Curtis
John S Bottomly Henry Fonda
Phil Di Natale George Kennedy
Julian Soshnick Mike Kellin
Terence Huntley Hurd Hatfield
Frank McAfee Murray Hamilton
John Asgeirsson Jeff Corey
Dianne Cluny Sally Kellerman
Irmgard DeSalvo Carolyn Conwell
Director Richard Fleischer
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Contains violence and nudity.Available on: video and DVD