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      Frenzy

      R Released Jun 21, 1972 1h 56m Mystery & Thriller List
      91% Tomatometer 44 Reviews 78% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings London is held in the grip of a serial killer whose modus operandi is to murder his victims by strangling them with a necktie. When short-tempered ex-Royal Air Force officer Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) discovers his ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) murdered, Blaney becomes a suspect. Forced to go on the run, Blaney attempts to take refuge with his best friend, fruit merchant Bob Rusk (Barry Foster), however Rusk may, in fact, be the necktie murderer himself. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Marking Alfred Hitchcock's return to England and first foray into viscerally explicit carnage, Frenzy finds the master of horror regaining his grip on the audience's pulse -- and making their blood run cold.

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      Penelope Gilliatt New Yorker There is also a sort of sabertoothed gentility that [Hitchcock] greatly relishes, and no one else in the commercial cinema uses savage silence so well. Jan 22, 2024 Full Review Penelope Houston Sight & Sound Once a Londoner, always a Londoner. Hitchcock's return to home ground, twenty-two years after Stage Fright, is a remarkable performance in most senses of the word. May 13, 2020 Full Review TIME Staff TIME Magazine In case there was any doubt, back in the dim days of Marnie and Topaz, Hitchcock is still in fine form. Frenzy is the dazzling proof. May 13, 2020 Full Review Howard Waldstein CBR Frenzy is, pound for pound, one of the auteur's greatest achievements. Jul 18, 2023 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Somewhat lacking for Hitchcock, despite its fascinating deviations from his usual projects. Rated: 8/10 Aug 29, 2020 Full Review Michael J. Casey Boulder Weekly Hitchcock's most graphic film is also his most unsettling. Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 1, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B Perhaps the only time Hitchcock was able to go as far as he wanted. That being said the reason to see this is for Shaffer's darkly witty screenplay. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Pam B Not quite up to the standards of his masterpieces but wonderful to see a quality Hitchcock I hadn't seen before! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/15/23 Full Review Josh G A dark and forbidding tone of Hitchcock bringing the wrong man thriller into the 1970's. It has style and presence with an excellent cast lead by Barry Foster. The Score leads a simply but effect suspenseful film and climaxes in satisfy conclusion. This is the way to make a 70's thriller from the old guard. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/07/23 Full Review isla s A depressing film about a guy who strangles women and frames someone else for it. I didn't really feel we got much of an explanation for why the culprit did what he did...it's not what I'd consider one of Hitchcock's better films. I think its one of his last ones, dating from the 1970s I believe. I wouldn't particularly recommend it, no. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Manny P So , it's 50 years ago and this movie put's all the wannabe's to bed. Modern filmmakers and producers need a wake up. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/07/22 Full Review Audience Member There's a necktie killer on the loose in the city of London but who could it be? Everyone's in a frenzy thanks to the master of suspense himself, the late Alfred Hitchcock The body of a woman is found in the Thames river The short-tempered ex-Royal Air Force officer Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) discovers his ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) murdered, Blaney becomes a suspect Forced to go on the run, Blaney attempts to take refuge with his best friend, fruit merchant Bob Rusk (Barry Foster), however Rusk may, in fact, be the necktie murderer himself Who knows for sure... A love letter to Hitchcock's home for sure--it's riddled with violent sexual fantasies, misogyny and grotesque greed It arguably gives a more tangible insight into the thoughts and desires of one of the most lauded directors of all time Certainly uncomfortable and has 'odd peculiarities' Yeah this didn't need to be 2 hours and could've used more solid thrills I think it was a mistake to show the killer way too early The suspense is still working though and that ending leaves quite the punch Very unsettling in this filmmaker's collection but has typical grim comedy and insight into a psychopathic killer's mind Maybe it could've moved more swiftly but Hitchcock coming home serves him well Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis London is held in the grip of a serial killer whose modus operandi is to murder his victims by strangling them with a necktie. When short-tempered ex-Royal Air Force officer Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) discovers his ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) murdered, Blaney becomes a suspect. Forced to go on the run, Blaney attempts to take refuge with his best friend, fruit merchant Bob Rusk (Barry Foster), however Rusk may, in fact, be the necktie murderer himself.
      Director
      Alfred Hitchcock
      Producer
      Alfred Hitchcock
      Screenwriter
      Arthur La Bern, Anthony Shaffer
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Production Co
      Universal Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 21, 1972, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 5, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 56m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm
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