The Deliberate Stranger (1986)





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Mark Harmon stars as baby-faced serial killer Ted Bundy in this sobering 2-part TV movie. Ostensibly the archetypal All-American boy, Bundy was, from 1974 onward, responsible for the rapes and murders of several young women in the Pacific Northwest. The clues begin to mount when one of Bundy's victims manages to escape; she can only say that her assailant was a fellow named Ted who drives a yellow Volkswagen. Finally arrested after he moves from Seattle to Utah, Bundy is so certain of his superiority over the general run of human beings that he conducts his own defense at his trial; then, when extradited to Colorado, he escapes, triggering a desperate nationwide manhunt. At the time Deliberate Stranger was first telecast on May 5 and 6, 1986, Theodore Bundy was on Death Row, still contesting his sentence and seeking a legal way out. When time came for his execution, Bundy attempted several bizarre last-minute "stays," which would make intriguing subject matter should someone want to make a follow-up film.
Rating: NR
Genre: Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
Directed By: Marvin J. Chomsky
Written By: Hesper Anderson
In Theaters: wide
Lorimar Productions

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By far the best Bundy adaptation thus far. Though rather lengthy, Bundy's story is certainly an interesting one, and The Deliberate Stranger does it justice.

Branden William
Branden William

Despite being held back by being made for network TV, Mark Harmon shines in his portrayal of legendary serial killer Ted Bundy.

Louis Marco
Louis Marco

Mark Harmon had the looks, the arrogance, and the intelligence - but ''The Deliberate Stranger'' is still a made for TV movie, and it's still Mark harmon, a limited actor who really couldn't pull off Bundy's dark side, nor would the movie really allow him to. Typical TV movie - shows little to nothing, and focuses too much on making the viewers feel for the victims. If you want us to feel for the victims, you probably shouldn't cast Mark Harmon - because in the end, I felt that Bundy was the true victim.

Bloodmarsh Krackoon
Bloodmarsh Krackoon

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