Frenzy 1972 R CC

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The Necktie Murderer has the London Police on red alert, and an innocent man is on a desperate quest to find the real serial rapist-murderer and clear his own name.

Jon Finch, Alec McCowen
1 hour, 57 minutes

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Genres Thriller
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Jon Finch, Alec McCowen
Supporting actors Barry Foster, Billie Whitelaw, Anna Massey, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Bernard Cribbins, Vivien Merchant, Michael Bates, Jean Marsh, Clive Swift, Madge Ryan, Elsie Randolph, Gerald Sim, John Boxer, George Tovey, Jimmy Gardner, Noel Johnson, Michael Bilton, Robert Rietty
Studio Universal Studios
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Frenzy is a masterful piece of film making, abundant with all of the great Hitchcock traditions: innovative camera work, plot twists, and unbearable suspense.
This is one of the best Hitchcock movies ever, and fittingly so, as it was the last movie the master made.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2001
Format: DVD
Frenzy was a homecoming of sorts as it was Hitch's first film shot in the UK since he left during the 40's. I would disagree with those who claim that Frenzy can't stand with Hitch's best work; Hitch's droll and dark sense of humor change what could have been a run of the mill thriller into a minor masterpiece. The best bits in Frenzy are every bit as startling and powerful as those in Rear Window, Vertigo and North by Northwest. Although his wife Alma's heart attack couldn't have informed the pre-production stages of the script and film, it certainly had an impact on the atomsphere captured in the film. There is an underlying darkness here only hinted at before (most explicitly in The Birds, Vertigo and Marnie).
The performances are uniformly excellent. The fact that Hitch chose stage actors and lesser known British film actors for this film gives it a bit more grit and reality than his earlier films. Anthony Schaffer's script plays with the routine cliches of suspense films. A number of sequences (including the scene where the murderer is trying to retrieve a bit of incriminating evidence from one of his victims) flirt with sardonic humor. The dialog like most of Hitch's films is outstanding. Here Schaffer, again, turns many of the cliches (some from Hitch's own films) from film dialog into a droll commentary on both the action and the film audience as observers.
The extras included on this DVD are particularly outstanding given the standing this film has with most film buffs. The new interviews with Anna Massey, Jon Finch and others sheds considerable light on Hitch's methods during the making of the film and discounts a number of myths about him (including the idea that he didn't really work much with the actors.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By keviny01 on March 7, 2001
Format: DVD
*** UPDATED OCT-08-2013 ***

Director Alfred Hitchcock's second last film is a suspenseful mystery-thriller about an unlucky bartender who is framed for murder by a cunning and psychotic villain. This is one of Hitch's best films, with many trademarks of the master of suspense: his cameo, the "wrong man" theme, the occasional black humor, and voyeuristic camera movements. But this is a fairly atypical Hitchcock film as well. Set in a working-class London neighborhood, "Frenzy" is quite far apart from the elegant and urbane settings of his earlier films with actors like Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Instead of Hollywood glossiness, Hitch gives the film a fairly realistic, decidedly unglamorous look and feel. And he even goes far in portraying ugliness. This film has one horrific murder scene in which the depiction of brutality and evil reaches a new height in Hitchcock's career, earning his first R-rating from the MPAA. (His 1960 film "Psycho" would be his second R-rated film when it was retro-rated in 1984.) With "Frenzy", the master shows that he recognizes that times (and movie tastes) have changed and his works need to break some new grounds. One would think that had the director lived a few decades longer, he might have made envelope-pushing suspense films like "The Silence of the Lambs" or "Se7en".

The 2001 Region-1 NTSC DVD edition from Universal presents the film in an anamorphic widescreen video transfer that looks a bit dark for my liking. A bright and sharp Dolby Digital 2.0 monophonic sound track is supported by optional English and Spanish subtitles.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on April 27, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
For the first time in twenty-plus years, Alfred Hitchcock returned to his native England to make what turned out to be his final psychological thriller FRENZY. Despite a series of only modestly successful films since his 1963 triumph with THE BIRDS, Hitchcock had not lost his touch when he was handed Anthony Shaffer's fine screenplay (based on the Arthur LaBern book "Goodbye Picadilly, Farewell Leicester Square"). And although his approach to sex and violence is more explicit here (thanks to the ease in censorship restrictions that happened only a few years before), Hitchcock still delivers a film quite typical of his work--suspenseful, chilling, and often quite funny in a blackly humorous way.
The film revolves around a series of grisly strangulations of women occurring around London that have the police totally baffled. The killer's choice is a necktie, which pretty much leaves the door wide-open, since almost every man there wears a necktie. We are then introduced to Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) an ex-RAF officer and divorcee who has this tendency to drink too often and get a little bit too rough with people, including his ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt). The only real solace he gets is from his friend Robert Rusk (Barry Foster), a fruits-and-vegetables salesman in Covent Garden. What Finch doesn't realize, however, is that Foster is, in fact, the necktie strangler. And when Leigh-Hunt is found strangled in her office, the police, having interviewed her secretary, who had heard Finch arguing with her violently only half an hour before she was killed, immediately suspect and later arrest Finch, while Foster gets away. But an alert detective (Alec McCowen) suspects that there is something to Finch's story that could prove him innocent of the crimes.
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