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The Boston Strangler

The Boston Strangler (1968)

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The Boston Strangler adopts the split-screen technique then in vogue (see also The Thomas Crown Affair) to relate the true story of self-confessed mass murderer Albert DeSalvo. Adapted by Edward Anhalt from the book by Gerold Frank, the film covers the years 1962 to 1964, during which time a dozen women were raped and murdered in the Boston area. State-appointed officer John Bottomly (Henry Fonda) arrests as many known sex offenders as he can get his hands on in hopes of finding a clue as to the

Sep 7, 2004

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (1) | DVD (10)

An intriguing and underrated film with a great deal to say.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

An excellent movie, Curtis' best role ever as the tortured Albert DeSalvo. the documentary-style suits the film perfectly. wonderfully underplayed and suspenseful from beginning to end.

August 8, 2007
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Another fascinating true-crime drama by the underestimated Richard Fleischer. A cast against type Tony Curtis is excellent as killer Albert DeSalvo.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Curtis works hard to give his character some force in one of his best performances.

January 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pretty nasty stuff for its time.

July 26, 2002
Las Vegas Mercury

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Richard Fleischer's The Boston Strangler is a surprising thriller in that it explores the side of the story that most serial killer films forget. The first half of the film is basically challenging peoples misconceptions and prejudice views on certain members of society. This of course backs up the uncomfortable thought that anyone could be a potential murderer. We find 'the right man' quite far on in the film but as soon as Tony Curtis enters the film the story turns into a delectably dark exploration of the human mind. It's quite brilliant and well ahead of its time. It's such a shame that it's all totally untrue. Never has the term 'based' been so loosely used. The performances are fantastic with a cast to die for, the direction, particularly towards the end of the film is brilliant. An updated and more accurate version would be great but there is something very unique about this version that leaves it somewhat untouchable. A forgotten classic.

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May 10, 2014
SirPant

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Classic psychological thriller with horror elements, The Boston Strangler which is based on the true story is a thoroughly engaging, and shocking picture that is brilliantly acted and directed. The film boasts a strong sense of atmosphere, which adds a depth to the film that really makes it that much more disturbing. The acting here is terrific, and the direction makes for a truly memorable picture, one that is sure to unsettle its viewers. What makes this film truly shocking is the fact that the events portrayed on-screen really happened, and films like this that uses true stories such as the Boston Strangler are more disturbing than any fictional character because the horror here is real, and it Makes for an even more compelling and engrossing picture. Mixing different genres, this is a classic picture that recounts a truly shocking murder case, and it is one of the finest in the genre. If you enjoy these types of movies, then The Boston Strangler is a must watch. The direction is immaculate and the pace of the film steadily builds up, and in turn, you're sucked even more into its story. Real life events make for more interesting film subjects because they actually happened, and they have a gripping nature that fiction simply can't pull off. This one delivers a unique, shocking and unforgettable film going experience. With top notch performances, intense murder sequences, and a great story to grab your attention, The Boston Strangler is a highly memorable and engaging thriller horror drama that should be seen for its memorable kills sequences, riveting performances and terrific direction. If you want a riveting, well constructed picture, then The Boston Strangler is a worthy film to watch, especially if you films of this nature.
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I know split screen technique was a novelty in the days of this movie, but I hate when a gimmick of this kind is overused. Tony Curtis was outstanding as the disturbed Albert De Salvo.
February 20, 2011
pier007

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A captivating and absorbing screen treatment of Gerold Frank's best-selling account of the infamous Boston murders of 11 women allegedly committed by a schizophrenic plumber named Albert De Salvo, played by Tony Curtis in startling and convincing dynamic performance as the deranged De Salvo and Henry Fonda in a fine creditable performance as John S. Bottomly the man in charge of the investigation into the serial killings, directed skillfully by Richard Fleischer in a documentary-style detailing of the brutal killings, manhunt and prosecution of this notorious killer. The film also has a unique complex multi-image technique that is very effective. Outstanding supporting performances by George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Hurd Hatfield, Murray Hamilton, Jeff Corey, Sally Kellerman, William Marshall and William Hickey. Dramatically intense, unrelentingly disturbing as it is meant to be. Recommended.
April 24, 2011
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