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Jon Finch , Barry Foster , Alfred Hitchcock    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate film, written by Anthony Shaffer (who also wrote Sleuth), this delightfully grisly little tale features an all-British cast minus star wattage, which may have accounted for its relatively slim showing in the States. Jon Finch plays a down-on-his-luck Londoner who is offered some help by an old pal (Barry Foster). In fact, Foster is a serial killer the police have been chasing--and he's framing Finch. Which leads to a classic Hitchcock situation: a guiltless man is forced to prove his innocence while eluding Scotland Yard at the same time. Spiked with Hitchcock's trademark dark humor, Frenzy also features a very funny subplot about the Scotland Yard investigator (Alec McCowen) in charge of the case, who must endure meals by a wife (Vivien Merchant) who is taking a gourmet-cooking class. --Marshall Fine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitch's Final Masterpiece May 26 2004
What can be said that has not already been noted? Hitchcocks penultimate film, FRENZY was a return to form after a rough period in the late 60's.
It has it all- the familiar, yet still exciting premise, the mix of suspense and black humor so prevalent in his classic films. Yes, it is violent at times, but the remarkable thing is that restraint and taste ARE still excercised here- it may have received an R rating, but do not expect FRENZY to have anywhere near the nudity and violence we see in today's films.
Hitch also chose to use a cast void of big names- he probably felt, after TORN CURTAIN, and considering the grisly subject matter, that having stars may hurt the credibility, and he was probably right. I don't know Jon Finch as anyone BUT his character, and that is a plus here.
What is most impressive is that, even in his 70's, the Master had lost none of his imagination- the film is well-paced, and there are several incredible camera shots (including the long camera pull away from our murderers' apartment, just as he's invited his next victim in).
Mildly underappreciated today, FRENZY is perhaps not in a league with NORTH BY NORTHWEST, but definitely deserves to be ranked with several of his best films: compared alongside FOREGIN CORRESPONDENT, ROPE, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, DIAL M FOR MURDER, THE BIRDS, MARNIE, etc. FRENZY holds up admirably...a different film, but an excellent one all the same...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master's Last Psychological Thriller April 27 2004
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For the first time in twenty-plus years, Alfred Hitchcock returned to his native England to make what turned out to be his final psychological thriller FRENZY. Despite a series of only modestly successful films since his 1963 triumph with THE BIRDS, Hitchcock had not lost his touch when he was handed Anthony Shaffer's fine screenplay (based on the Arthur LaBern book "Goodbye Picadilly, Farewell Leicester Square"). And although his approach to sex and violence is more explicit here (thanks to the ease in censorship restrictions that happened only a few years before), Hitchcock still delivers a film quite typical of his work--suspenseful, chilling, and often quite funny in a blackly humorous way.
The film revolves around a series of grisly strangulations of women occurring around London that have the police totally baffled. The killer's choice is a necktie, which pretty much leaves the door wide-open, since almost every man there wears a necktie. We are then introduced to Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) an ex-RAF officer and divorcee who has this tendency to drink too often and get a little bit too rough with people, including his ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt). The only real solace he gets is from his friend Robert Rusk (Barry Foster), a fruits-and-vegetables salesman in Covent Garden. What Finch doesn't realize, however, is that Foster is, in fact, the necktie strangler. And when Leigh-Hunt is found strangled in her office, the police, having interviewed her secretary, who had heard Finch arguing with her violently only half an hour before she was killed, immediately suspect and later arrest Finch, while Foster gets away. But an alert detective (Alec McCowen) suspects that there is something to Finch's story that could prove him innocent of the crimes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock in full gear here March 9 2001
By C.H.
Hitchcock entered the seventies with his last great film, a delicious thriller with a down on his luck ex-RAF pilot with a hot temper who is suspected of a rash of rape/strangulations in London. In typical Hitchcock fashion, a load of circumstancial evidence is heaped on an innocent man, and matters aren't helped any when his ex-wife and girlfriend turn up as the latest victims. With all the plot twists, black humor, and creative camerawork, Hitchcock must have enjoyed this immensely. Highly recommended, but avoid the butchered TV version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a good movie.. Nov. 27 2003
Typical Hitchcock style - an innocent man framed for murder with all the evidence against him and now he has to prove his innocence, even if he has to bend the law by escaping from the gaol. This formula made famous by Hitchcock would be copied countless times and made into numerous movies since this...
This is an all British cast completely devoid of any Hollywood bigwigs who were ruling the roost at that time. This being made during the later years of his movie-making life (his penultimate film actually), Hitchcock also induced small amounts of nudity into this movie which of course blends well into the script and doesn't feel out of place. The fact that body doubles were used was clearly evident though. The parallel plot in the movie where Detective Oxford is being constantly tortured by his wife serving him delicacies like 'baked pig foot' was quite humorous.
The DVD as usual like all the other Hitchcock movies in the series 'The Alfred Hitchcock Collection' has a documentary on the making of Frenzy and interviews with the surviving cast and support crew. I usually don't see much of the DVD extras but the ones in any Hitchcock DVD is a must since it fills in all the cracks and very informative too.
All-in-all, an entertaining movie, quite out of the league of his earlier movies like 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' or 'North By Northwest', wherein while they all relied on suspense and storylines based on espionage in the times of the Cold War, as times changed, Mr. H did too by making the central thread of Frenzy rely mostly on brutal criminal behavior than anything else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A killing frenzy
By 1972, the great Alfred Hitchcock was nearing the end of his career, but he still had one last great suspense movie in him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sur toute la ligne !
Le produit m'a été livré dans le délai prévu. La qualité mentionnée était exacte. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MFJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Hitchcock's best
A serial murderer nicknamed the `necktie killer' is terrorizing women in London, and Richard Blaney (Jon Finch), seen at the wrong place at the wrong time, becomes the chief... Read more
Published on March 31 2012 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars Top - Notch Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock's second - to - last film "Frenzy" is a return to the classic Hitchcock thrillers from the 1950s' and early '60s'. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by anthony nasti
4.0 out of 5 stars Going Into A "Frenzy"
Alfred Hitchcock's next to last film, 1972's Frenzy, may not be as close to perfection as say, Vertigo or Psycho, but it still has a lot going for it. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by T. Lobascio
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Final Masterpiece
Hitchcock had been in a bit of an artistic slump when, after some thirty years, he returned to England for this, his next to last film--and the result was his final... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2003 by Gary F. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars what the hec happened to nudity free movies Mr. Hichcoch
I didn't even see the hole movie man.Ok I was at home sick right .Then I want to rent this movie because I love Alfred HIchcoch movies because there so scary , but clean . Read more
Published on April 24 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Frenzy is great, but...
In all of Hitchcock's film, the thing he has been most noted for is his almost Sparton approach to film making. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002 by Daniel D. Vander Haar
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't squeeze the goods 'till they're yours."
In 1972, Alfred Hitchcock returned to his native London to make his second to last film; "Frenzy". After making 1963's "The Birds", Hitchcock did not have another critical or... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by "patrick_mcknight"
5.0 out of 5 stars "Minor" masterpiece by the great Hitchcock
Gritty and very un-Hollywood, this movie explores many of Hitchcock's favorite themes, but with a new look and a new edge to them. Read more
Published on June 25 2002
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