The Boston Strangler
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The Boston Strangler adopts the split-screen technique then in vogue (see also The Thomas Crown Affair) to relate the true story of self-confessed mass murderer Albert DeSalvo. Adapted by Edward Anhalt from the book by Gerold Frank, the film covers the years 1962 to 1964, during which time a dozen women were raped and murdered in the Boston area. State-appointed officer John Bottomly (Henry Fonda) arrests as many known sex offenders as he can get his hands on in hopes of finding a clue as to the Boston Strangler's identity. As these things often happen, the police come across the necessary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"An intriguing and underrated film with a great deal to say."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Curtis works hard to give his character some force in one of his best performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An excellent movie, Curtis' best role ever as the tortured Albert DeSalvo. the documentary-style suits the film perfectly. wonderfully underplayed and suspenseful from beginning to end."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Pretty nasty stuff for its time."
‑ Bob Grimm, Las Vegas Mercury
"Another fascinating true-crime drama by the underestimated Richard Fleischer. A cast against type Tony Curtis is excellent as killer Albert DeSalvo."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
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