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To Catch a Killer (1992)

Unrated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 15 May 1992
"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Director:

Eric Till

Writer:

Jud Kinberg
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... John Wayne Gacy
Michael Riley ... Joe Kozenczak
Margot Kidder ... Rachel Grayson
Meg Foster ... Attorney Carlson
Martin Julien ... Koslo
Scott Hylands ... Paxton
David Eisner David Eisner ... Williams
John Boylan John Boylan ... Atkins
Tony De Santis ... DeMarco (as Tony DeSantis)
Mark Humphrey ... King
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Petrie
Tim Progosh ... Morris
Danny Pawlick Danny Pawlick ... Santori
Bruce Ramsay ... Bragg
Brenda Bazinet ... Alice Pearson
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Storyline

"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer who raped and murdered over 30 young boys. Written by Jaromir Krol <jaromirk@kr.onet.pl>

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Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Catch a Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (video) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Like John Wayne Gacy, Brian Dennehy is a very burly man. However in real-life Dennehy is much taller than the real-life John Wayne Gacy. Gacy was only 5'8" while Brian Dennehy stands at a solid 6'2". See more »

Goofs

One of Gacy's potential victims is shown wearing a Michael Jordan t-shirt. Jordan would have been a junior in high school at the time of the murders. See more »

Quotes

John Wayne Gacy: [as Paxton sits at his table] Wait a minute, who the hell are you?
Paxton: [gestures to DeMarco and King] I'm their boss. I bring you regards, from John Miklovich... said he worked for you.
John Wayne Gacy: I don't remember anybody with a name like that, do you?
[Koslo shakes his head]
Paxton: That's funny, he described you perfectly: loud, big belly. Waiter! What are you drinking, John?
John Wayne Gacy: [snatches pad and pencil from waiter] Who the hell do you think you're talking to? Give me that thing. I want your name and shield number right ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

When the movie first came out; in the closing narration, the narrator said Gacy was on Death Row. But after Gacy's execution in 1994, it was changed and the narrator said instead "Gacy would be on Death Row for 14 years till finally being executed". See more »

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Version of Gacy (2003) See more »

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Truly frightening, not for timid souls!
13 February 1999 | by richlieuSee all my reviews

The film depicts the hunt for and final capture of John Wayne Gacy and Dennehy, in my opinion one of Americas great actors, is truly, truly FRIGHTENING in the main part. Your blood almost freezes and you grab someone´s arm, when he succeeds in luring yet another bait. Also Kidder does a memorable performance as the clairvoyant and never goes over the top.

Definitely worth watching - but don´t watch it alone......


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