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Frenzy
- Jon Finch

Overview - FRENZY was Alfred Hitchcock's next-to-last film--and the first film he'd made in England in 20 years. It was based on an Arthur La Bern novel and focuses on many of the same motifs that Hitchcock had obsessively examined throughout his life's work: the wrong man theme, the doubling theme (in which one person acts out the repressed violence of another), and the general public's thirst for sex and violence.  Read more...

 
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Overview

FRENZY was Alfred Hitchcock's next-to-last film--and the first film he'd made in England in 20 years. It was based on an Arthur La Bern novel and focuses on many of the same motifs that Hitchcock had obsessively examined throughout his life's work: the wrong man theme, the doubling theme (in which one person acts out the repressed violence of another), and the general public's thirst for sex and violence. Hitchcock had made films featuring Jack the Ripper-type killers before, including THE LODGER in 1926, a silent movie about a series of murders in London and a mysterious man who appears to be guilty of the crimes. In FRENZY, Hitchcock goes mod with this blackly comic story about a sex criminal--the Necktie Killer--plaguing post-Carnaby London. An innocent man who is suspected by police as the murderer must fight to nab the real perpetrator and clear his name. Though lesser known, FRENZY marked a striking return to form for the famed director. It was also his first R-rated picture. Anthony Shaffer's script is excellent, and Jon Finch brings distinctive qualities to his role as the classic Hitchcock man-accused hero.

Cast List

Arthur LaBern - Novelist
Barbara Leigh-Hunt - British Actress
Jon Finch - British Actor
Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Sir Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
John Jympson - British Editor, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
Billie Whitelaw - British Actress
Billy Whitelaw - British Actress
Vivien Merchant - British Actress
Alec McCowen - British Actor
Anna Massey - British Actress
Anthony Shaffer - Playwright/Screenwriter
Ron Goodwin - British Composer/Conductor
Gilbert Taylor
Simon Wakefield - Set Decorator
Barry Foster - British Supporting Actor
Clive Swift - British Film and TV actor, Keeping Up Appearances
Syd Cain - Production Designer
Sydney Cain - Production Designer
Sidney Cain - Production Designer

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 116
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192830624
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: June 2006

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Classic
Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Killer
Murder
Framed
Theatrical Release
Serial Killers
Murder Investigations
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
Hitchcock cameo: The director can be seen wearing a bowler hat in the center of a crowd three minutes into the film. The film is based on Arthur La Bern's novel GOODBYE PICCADILLY, FAREWELL LEICESTER SQUARE. Filmed at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath and on location in London, England. The film's budget was less than $2 million. At the time Hitchcock was filming FRENZY he told Truffaut that THE LODGER was the one film he would really like to do over, because of its powerful story line.

 
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