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Rating: 6.9/10 by 85 users

The Boston Strangler (1968)

Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from the point of view of the investigators who have very few clues to build a case upon.

  • Richard Fleischer
  • David Hall
  • Edward Anhalt
  • Gerold Frank
Release Date: Tue, Oct 08, 1968

Rating: 6.9/10 by 85 users

Alternative Title:
L'étrangleur de Boston - FR
Bostonský škrtič - CZ

United States of America
Runtime: 01 hour 56 minutes
Budget: $0
Revenue: $0

Plot Keyword: detective, double life, boston, strangle, serial killer

Tony Curtis
Albert DeSalvo
Henry Fonda
John S. Bottomly
George Kennedy
Det. Phil DiNatale
Mike Kellin
Julian Soshnick
Hurd Hatfield
Terence Huntley
Murray Hamilton
Det. Frank McAfee
Jeff Corey
John Asgeirsson
Sally Kellerman
Dianne Cluny
William Marshall
Atty. Gen. Edward W. Brooke
George Voskovec
Peter Hurkos
Leora Dana
Mary Bottomly
Carolyn Conwell
Irmgard DeSalvo
Lara Lindsay
Bobbie Eden
George Furth
Lyonel Brumley
Richard X. Slattery
Det. Capt. Ed Willis
William Hickey
Eugene T. O'Rourke
Eve Collyer
Ellen Ridgeway
Gwyda Donhowe
Alice Oakville
Alex Dreier
News Commentator
Shelley Burton
David Parker
Elizabeth Baur
Harriet Fordin
James Brolin
Det. Sgt. Phil Lisi
George Tyne
Dr. Kramer
Dana Elcar
Luis Schubert

John Chard

Impressive procedural skin crawler. It's a very impressive film from start to finish, the cast are excellent, George Kennedy & Henry Fonda portray the men pursuing the culprit with much believability, with enough moments of frustration and revulsion brought to life with style. Of course this is Tony Curtis's show all the way, though, he is all bulked up and nothing like the handsome icon that people had grown accustomed to. He is convincingly menacing and handles the dual personality confusion scenes adroitly. One of the films' chief plus points is that the first hour only shows us the aftermath of the murders, it shows the desperate panic it creates among the people of Boston, and of course we get to know the detectives following this miserable trail. At the hour mark we are introduced to Tony Curtis as Albert De Salvo, here he is in his family home, his daughter all radiant around her father, it's a masterstroke from director Richard Fleischer, and it creates maximum impact. The use of multi screens to show various aspects of scenes is deft and manages to make the film seem all too real, which of course is given weight of impact since it is based on actual events. Smashing film that gnaws away at the skin some time after the silent credits have rolled. 9/10


A frighteningly unique film, made all the more frightening by it being a true story. This is hands down the best performance ever by Tony Curtis (in the title role), why he got snubbed by the academy at awards time is a complete mystery, he was not even nominated...

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