icon Film Profile: The Boston Strangler - (1968)
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  • Director: Richard Fleischer
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics,
  • Studio: Unspecified
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 125 Mins

This is a suspenseful and - the faint-hearted take note - often disturbing re-creation of the crimes, capture and psychoanalysis of Albert DeSalvo (played here by Tony Curtis), who confessed to being the notorious Boston Strangler, the killer of 13 women in the early 1960s. Though doubt has since been cast on De Salvo's confession (he was never charged with the crimes due to lack of evidence, but was jailed for unrelated sex offences), this film is an authentic-feeling account. Director Richard Fleischer deftly captures the pensive atmosphere of a frightened city with a stark, documentary-style approach that makes good use of split-screen sequences. As an all-star line-up of lawmen tightens the net around the elusive maniac, Curtis proves beyond doubt he could act with a nuanced performance of considerable depth and power.
Cast List:
Albert DeSalvo : Tony Curtis
John S Bottomly : Henry Fonda
Phil Di Natale : George Kennedy
Julian Soshnick : Mike Kellin
Terence Huntley : Hurd Hatfield
Frank McAfee : Murray Hamilton
John Asgeirsson : Jeff Corey
Dianne Cluny : Sally Kellerman
Edward W Brooke : William Marshall (2)
Peter Hurkos : George Voskovec
Mary Bottomly : Leora Dana
Irmgard DeSalvo : Carolyn Conwell
Eugene T O'Rourke : William Hickey

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