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Frenzy

  • Thriller
  • Crime/detective
  • 1972
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 111 mins
  • X

Summary

Thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jon Finch, Alec McCowen and Barry Foster. London is terrorised by a series of brutal "necktie murders" and when a naked female body is found in the Thames, the police establish that it's another victim of the killer. Suspicion falls on an ex-RAF officer, and soon a personal tragedy makes his guilt seem all the more certain.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Richard BlaneyJon Finch
Chief Inspector OxfordAlec McCowen
Robert RuskBarry Foster
Brenda BlaneyBarbara Leigh-Hunt
Babs MilliganAnna Massey
Mrs OxfordVivien Merchant
Felix ForsytheBernard Cribbins
Hetty PorterBillie Whitelaw
Sergeant SpearmanMichael Bates
Hall porterJimmy Gardner
Mrs RuskRita Webb
Johnny PorterClive Swift
Monica BarleyJean Marsh
Spectator at rallyAlfred Hitchcock

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
Film Traders Ltd
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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