To Catch a Killer (1992)





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John Wayne Gacy was a respected member of his suburban Illinois community -- he was an active member of several service organizations, ran his own business, and entertained children as Pogo the Clown in his spare time. But Gacy had a terrible secret, and before he was finally brought in by the police, he had raped and killed over 30 young men and buried them beneath his house. To Catch a Killer is a made-for-TV movie that examines Gacy's life and crimes, and Joe Kozenczak (Michael Riley), the cop who finally brought John Wayne Gacy (Brian Dennehy) to justice. The supporting cast includes Margot Kidder and Meg Foster. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Brian Dennehy
as John Wayne Gacy
Michael Riley
as Joe Kozenczak
Margot Kidder
as Rachel Grayson
Meg Foster
as City Attorney Carlson
Scott Hylands
as Paxton
David Eisner
as Williams
John Boylan
as Atkins
Tony De Santis
as DeMarco
Gary Reineke
as Petrie
Brenda Bazinet
as Alice Pearson
Liliane Clune
as Marcia Kozenczak
Gerry Quigley
as Walden
Michael Copeman
as Chief Cameron
James Kee
as Hoskins
Jay Brazeau
as Jake Burns
Cyndy Preston
as Cindy Beck
Andrew Gillies
as Vincent Austin
Kurt Reis
as Chief Waldron
Nick Shields
as Christopher Gant
Maureen McRae
as Mrs. Trask
Maria Ricossa
as Helen Gacy
Darryl Palmer
as Grundy County Sheriff
Peter Langley
as Mr. Miklovich
John Friesen
as Detective #1
Ray Paisley
as Illinois State K-9 Officer
Brett Halsey
as Stan Wilder
David Bolt
as Asst. Principal Burke
Thomas Hauff
as Foreman Hendricks
J. Winston Carroll
as Sergeant (Wabash Ave.)
Don Ritchie
as Detective (Shakespeare Ave.)
Elliot Smith
as Young Gas Station Attendant
Larry Reynolds
as Finger Lake Proprietor
Jon Granik
as Narrator
Shawn Lawrence
as Mr. Gant
Robbie Rox
as Cicero Bar Owner
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A pretty good TV movie about the catching of the vile serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Brian Dennehy is amazing as the killer, conveying both working class charm with a rarely seen sinister edge that isn't overplayed but is clearly lethal. It's a refreshing change from the classy or maniacal serial killers beloved by Hollywood. On the other hand, the cop pursuing him is bland as molasses. And the plot, being based on a true story, lacks the thrills of a fictional account. Still, a good story.

Stuart McCunn
Stuart McCunn

Unlike the other movie about Gacy, ''To Catch a Killer'' doesn't portray John Wayne Gacy as a fat bumbling retard. My only issue with the movie, other than it being yet another dulled down made for TV movie, that doesn't show anything whatsoever, is that maybe this time around, they used an actor with too much charisma, and too strong of a presense

Bloodmarsh Krackoon
Bloodmarsh Krackoon

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