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Hitchcocks Frenzy 1972
- Dave Prestigiacomo
One of Hitchcock's best and last films. As with all his films, Hitchcock himself appears briefly at the beginning when they discover a naked female corpse floating in the Thames. Hitchcock is in the crowd watching.....Love it!
Good movie, but.....
The cooking segments with the wife and the police Inspector are terrible, and long. I suppose it was funny to Hitchcock, but, it ruins a fine film for me.
Favorite Hitch film!
In my opinion, right up there with North By Northwest and The Birds as Hitch's finest films. This film simply would not have been as entertaining or gripping had it been filmed in NYC or on a soundstage in L.A. The casting was superb, a very effective story line and the acting was subtle but highly effective. Barry Foster is delightfully diabolical as Robert Rusk, and Alec McCowen adds a comic element as the long suffering husband of a gourmet 'wanna be.' If you watch this movie, you'll never look at a sack of potatoes in the same way again! TCM; please show this fine film in a primetime timeslot rather than in the middle of the night.....
Two sons of a monger
Six degrees of separation - based on Hitch's exquisite sense for the ironic, it must have been more than sheer coincidence that the son of a poultry monger first pursued for the role of Bob Rusk one Michael Caine, the real life son of a fish monger, who traded in the very same Covent Garden Market!
- el debbo
Edge-of-your-seat tale of the wrongly-accused man. Casting for this film is EXCELLENT! Handsome Jon Finch has been down on his luck for a decade, and he's at the end of his rope. But he's a 70's man, and he can't talk about it...unless he absolutely has to. His face and body language are ideal for this part. Bob Rusk is played by Barry Foster, in a part offered to Michael Caine! It's much better with this as-yet little known actor. Same case with Babs Milligan, deftly played by Anna Massey, but first offered to Helen Mirren. Everyone is in a "London Serial Killer" frenzy in this movie, and there's alot of eating and picking between the teeth by 'Bob Rusk'. Barry Foster is always eating grapes or chewing an apple. Billie Whitelaw as Hetty Porter sounds as if she's biting off every word with a vicious chomp. Alec McCowen is SO perfect as Chief Inspector Oxford, the hungry Scotland Yard detective, whose wife serves a series of unappetizing gourmet dishes "...in the same sauce the French use for tripe" and he replies "that's a comfort". The humor is dark, the script excellent, the sets are wonderful. Hitch went home for his next-to-last movie; his father was a vendor in the Covent Garden market. 5 solid stars!
The last great film directed by Hitchcock. An unemployed, drunken ex-RAF pilot is accused of being the notorious Necktie Murder after his wife is murdered by another. Foster is creepily effective as the film's charming villain, who has a memorable scene in which he kills the hero's wife, unquestionably one of creepiest scene Hitchcock has ever directed. He creates a hero who doesn't help himself by acting suspiciously and makes Foster sympathetic at times, contrasting the two characters; while using his traditional conventions. A darkly funny and chilling film that'll get under the skin. I give it a 5/5.
great movie! just wonderful they way hitchcock is able to create a "frenzy" atmosphere. it puts you in the same mental perspective as the killer and cast. love watching it. the style "of the times" is also entertaining and a little disturbing at times....makes for great all around entertainment and at the early hours of the day...perfect!
Another Great Hitchcock Masterpiece
Where would we be without TCM? Glad you aired this one.
i love this movie
I can watch this movie over and over and never get tired . great actors and most of all love the accent and style of British culture . A MUST SEE ! Alfred Hitchcock , you got it.