Frenzy Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Anna Massey, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Alec McCowen

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Richard Blaney (Finch), is an ex-RAF pilot who is down on his luck. Temperamental, inclined to drink, and out of another job, he looks up his ex-wife Brenda (Leigh-Hunt), who is sympathetic and helps him out. Unfortunately, the Necktie Murderer who rapes and strangles women gets Brenda, and Richard is a suspect. He turns to his friend Bob Rusk (Foster), a dapper and easygoing fruit and vegetable dealer, who betrays him. Blaney tries to clear himself and catch or stop the real murderer, and Chief Inspector Oxford (McCowen) may just be onto the truth of the matter. This 1972 film was Alfred Hitchcock's second-to-last feature; not among his greatest, and a bit creepily misogynistic at times, but still very good.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

FRENZY is a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1972.

London. As the neck tie murderer, a sexual killer who rapes his victims before strangling them with a tie, is terrorizing the city, Jon Finch is fired by his boss. He is helped by his friend Barry Foster, his ex-wife Barbara Leigh-Hunt and his girl-friend Anna Massey. We understand soon that Barry Foster is the neck tie murderer as Barbara Leigh-Hunt is his next victim. Jon Finch is the main suspect because Barbara's secretary has seen him leaving his wife's building moments before the corpse is discovered. Jon, unable to produce an alibi to the police, prefers to hide and plans to leave England with Anna Massey. But Anna is the next victim of the killer and Jon is arrested after Barry Foster has denounced him. Jon is judged and condemned to life imprisonment. But Chief Inspector Oxford still does have doubts about his guiltiness and so does Oxford's wife...

A good Hitchcock film.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 25%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 45%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Plotlets    -   victim dies just after sex Special suspect?    -   lover    -   best friend Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   prison    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing full frontal--women Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Is this movie based on a    -   book

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