Deliberate Stranger

Deliberate Stranger

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky, Mark Harmon, Frederic Forrest, George Grizzard

Cast: Marvin J. Chomsky, Mark Harmon, Frederic Forrest, George Grizzard

     
 
Mark Harmon stars as baby-faced serial killer Ted Bundy in this sobering 2-part TV movie. Ostensibly the archetypal All-American boy, Bundy was, from 1974 onward, responsible for the rapes and murders of several young women in the Pacific Northwest. The clues begin to mount when one of Bundy's victims manages to escape; she can only say that her assailant was a fellow

Overview

Mark Harmon stars as baby-faced serial killer Ted Bundy in this sobering 2-part TV movie. Ostensibly the archetypal All-American boy, Bundy was, from 1974 onward, responsible for the rapes and murders of several young women in the Pacific Northwest. The clues begin to mount when one of Bundy's victims manages to escape; she can only say that her assailant was a fellow named Ted who drives a yellow Volkswagen. Finally arrested after he moves from Seattle to Utah, Bundy is so certain of his superiority over the general run of human beings that he conducts his own defense at his trial; then, when extradited to Colorado, he escapes, triggering a desperate nationwide manhunt. At the time Deliberate Stranger was first telecast on May 5 and 6, 1986, Theodore Bundy was on Death Row, still contesting his sentence and seeking a legal way out. When time came for his execution, Bundy attempted several bizarre last-minute "stays," which would make intriguing subject matter should someone want to make a follow-up film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Veteran TV director Marvin J. Chomsky brings a sense of restraint to The Deliberate Stranger, which stars slick, handsome actor Mark Harmon as crafty, all-American serial killer Ted Bundy. Chomsky eschews much overt violence, instead using copious point-of-view shots and cutaways to build a suspenseful tone that's unfortunately undercut by Gil Melle's shrill, largely electronic score. Still, Harmon acquits himself admirably, using his piercing eyes to chill as well as charm and getting inside his character's solipsistic amorality. The script, based on journalist Richard Larsen's best-seller Bundy, The Deliberate Stranger and written by Children of a Lesser God scribe Hesper Anderson, spends lots of time presenting Bundy's relationship with his girlfriend as a sort of absurd soap-opera facade to the man's disturbing nocturnal activities. Unfortunately, Glynnis O'Connor must play the girlfriend, Cas Richter, like a self esteem-challenged dingbat who should have known what was going on. The film doesn't portray the cops much better; in one scene, the '70s detectives are seen rooting for budget approval for a new-fangled computer to help them piece together the theory they can't come up with themselves. Ultimately, it was mere chance that ended Bundy's career -- though not for long, as the rushed presentation of his two escapes and the attendant "Sorority Murders" attest. Like many TV movies, The Deliberate Stranger suffers from its share of cut corners and corny moments, but overall it's a lively and multifaceted account of the murders that helped turn serial killers into modern American bogeymen.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0883316212516
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
3:08:00
Sales rank:
8,740

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Harmon Ted Bundy
Frederic Forrest Detective Bob Keppel
George Grizzard Richard Larsen
Ben Masters Detective Mike Fisher
Glynnis O'Connor Cas Richter
M. Emmet Walsh Detective Sam Davies
John Ashton Detective Roger Dunn
Billy Green Bush Officer Bradley - Provo Detective
Frederick Coffin Jerry Thompson
Deborah Goodrich Martha Chambers
Lawrence Pressman Ken Wolverton
Macon McCalman Larsen's Editor
William Boyett Aspen Detective
Cecile Callan Actor
Steve Eastin Actor
Frank Hamilton Actor
Virginia Kiser Actor
Maggie Roswell Actor
Ann Ryerson Mrs. Hargreaves
Timothy Gibbs John
Emily Longstreth Susan Delgato
Maia Brewton Actor
Starr Andreeff Jane Maxwell
Dan Chambers Actor
Tom Dahlgren Actor
Rita Zohar Eleanor Rose
Rad Daly Actor
Harry Northrup Actor
Molly Fontaine Joann Baker
Chip Heller Actor
Rick Lieberman Actor
Dick McGarvin Actor
Julie Philips Actor
Jack Rader Actor
Elaine Wilkes Lisa Rutledge
Sheri Stoner Actor
Joe Unger Actor
Joshua Bryant Prosecutor
Kevin Scannell Actor
Conrad Bachmann Actor
Robert Balderson Actor
Roger Hampton Actor
Will Jeffries Actor
Michael Laurence Actor
Fred Lerner Actor
Tom McFadden Actor
Peter Vogt Actor
Leilani Sarelle Actor
Eric Hart Actor
Greg Stuart Actor
Jeanetta Arnette Barbara
Terry Farrell Actor
Bonnie Bartlett Louise Bundy
Jill Andre Actor

Technical Credits
Marvin J. Chomsky Director,Producer
Hesper Anderson Screenwriter
Michael D. Margulies Cinematographer
Gil Melle Score Composer

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