The Deliberate Stranger (1986)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »

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  • Mark Harmon in The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
  • The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
  • Mark Harmon in The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
  • Mark Harmon in The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
  • Mark Harmon in The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
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24 November 2006 | Doylenf
| Mark Harmon shows his dark side as Ted Bundy...
Dark and disturbing as it is, this is still a well worth watching made-for-TV movie (shown originally in two parts) that gives MARK HARMON one of his best roles as serial killer Ted Bundy, the charming man who fooled most of the people most of the time while he continued a murder spree that lasted far too long.

That's the disturbing thing about the Ted Bundy story. There were many people who suspected him along the way--at a time when he should definitely have been reported to the authorities--but he always had luck on his side and managed to escape serious notice or detention until it was much too late.

A sobering look at Bundy's exploits as he weaved his way around college campuses in pursuit of any young woman he could fool into entrapment. Based on true incidents, it's a dark story that is told without showing the amount of gore involved--which may be a downer for anyone looking for a tale of excessive violence to be more graphic.

Nor does it really dig deep enough below the surface to show what may have caused his emergence as a psychopath. Harmon is completely normal looking as Bundy and could have used more disguises, just as Bundy did, but still gives a very effective performance. Others in the large cast do competent jobs but it's Bundy who rivets all the attention.

Chilling and disturbing tale, but well done.

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