Boston Strangler (1968)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 28

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Year: 1968
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Tony Curtis (The Strangler), Henry Fonda (John Bottomly), George Kennedy (Detective DiNatale)
Country: US
Language: English (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:56:09
Genres: Serial Killers, Detective-Mystery, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Based on a True Story

Plot – Spoilers:
Made within a year of Albert DeSalvo’s sentencing as the serial killer dubbed ‘The Boston Strangler’, this movie is renowned for Tony Curtis’ performance as the Strangler.

In the 1960s, the Boston area was panic stricken by a series of murders and sexual assaults on women varying in age groups from young to the old. Despite the media coverage and hysteria, the murders continued for a year and a half and police were confused why women continued to let in the Strangler into their homes.

Tony Curtis as the Strangler makes a late entry into the movie as most of it details the bodies being discovered, the police investigations and false positives. But once Curtis enters the frame, it’s pure gold as he puts on a remarkable performance as the mentally sick Albert DeSalvo trying to get to grips with a part of him that he himself finds difficult to pin down

The Boston Strangler was based on a book. It seems to have been the tradition with serial killers, that a whole bunch of literature was churned out and doubts cast by multiple sources regarding the guilt of the convicted killer. In this case though, despite the lack of proper evidence, Albert DeSalvo was confirmed in 2013 to have indeed been the Strangler.

Favourite Scenes:
The final scenes unquestionably with the long continuous shots:
Tony Curtis transforming from a confused searching DeSalvo to the confident smarmy Strangler is a must watch.

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November 27, 2023 7:52 pm

Outstanding classic film. All film stars should have at least one major role to look back on and this is clearly Tony Curtis’s finest hour. The cinematography is stunning, not just the unique use of multiple scenes within a scene but also throughout the film scenes are thoughtfully composed to make the best use of the Panavision 21:9 format, especially those scenes with the mirror sequences indicating DeSalvo’s Jekyll and Hyde personality.
A terrific major production.

Mo Brummel
Mo Brummel
December 26, 2021 1:31 am

There once was a lady named Red
Who had an ache in the back of her head
Though nothing would ease it, the strangler did squeeze it
Now the aching red’s head is all dead.

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
August 19, 2021 9:50 pm

Excellent.. proper original dangerous and compelling cinema.
Captured the time brilliantly and shot beautifully.
A masterclass of cinema and storytelling.

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
March 28, 2021 7:05 am

Tony Curtis was clinquant and lucent. Refulgent film, categorically and philosophically abstruse.

November 25, 2020 10:20 am

Not bad for a movie from late 60’s, however I can’t see why its here in effedup movie???

Mike Ehrmantraut
Mike Ehrmantraut
August 12, 2020 2:10 am

What and absolutely brilliant performance by Tony Curtis! This is an actor I more or less grew up with… and I enjoyed many of his movies. Some Like It Hot comes to mind where he and Jack Lemon dress in drag to escape some mobsters. Tony always played the silly roles… goofy comedy… so this, this absolutely stellar performance truly knocked me off my feet. I had no idea he had it in him! He really makes the movie… which I can’t believe I haven’t seen until just now. Thanks for this, EUM… You guys both rock AND roll!