Ted Bundy (film)

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Ted Bundy
Ted Bundyposter.jpg
Original film poster
Directed byMatthew Bright
Produced byHamish McAlpine
Michael Muscal
Written byStephen Johnston
Matthew Bright
StarringMichael Reilly Burke
Boti Bliss
Music byKennard Ramsey
CinematographySonja Rom
Edited byPaul Heiman
Release datesNovember 22, 2002
Running time99 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$68,716[1]
 
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Ted Bundy
Ted Bundyposter.jpg
Original film poster
Directed byMatthew Bright
Produced byHamish McAlpine
Michael Muscal
Written byStephen Johnston
Matthew Bright
StarringMichael Reilly Burke
Boti Bliss
Music byKennard Ramsey
CinematographySonja Rom
Edited byPaul Heiman
Release datesNovember 22, 2002
Running time99 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$68,716[1]

Ted Bundy is a 2002 American crime drama film directed and co-written by Matthew Bright. The film dramatizes the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy.[2] It stars Michael Reilly Burke in the title role, and Boti Bliss as Bundy's girlfriend, Lee (a character based on Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy's real life girlfriend during his killing spree).

Plot[edit]

In Seattle, Washington 1974, law student Ted Bundy (Michael Reilly Burke) appears to be the typical friendly guy-next-door, but underneath this gentle facade lies a beast. After he had first watched young women through their windows while masturbating, he finally commits his first murder. From there, he always manages to lure a young woman to his car by faking a broken arm or an illness then asking for help or by disguising himself as a police officer. Then he knocks her unconscious with a tool, ties her up and drives her to an arranged location where he rapes and murders her. Driving his yellow VW Beetle, he leaves a bloody trail through the USA. The police are left in the dark, for no-one suspects the model student and politically active man.

In 1975, one of his victims, Tina Gabler, escapes him when she throws herself from his moving car. Based on her description of his car Bundy is stopped by a police officer and arrested. In his trunk, the officers found pantyhose masks, a hand saw, a crowbar, knives, ropes and handcuffs. Even though he is identified by Tina Gabler in a lineup, he denies ever having seen the woman. When he is visited by his girlfriend at the Colorado State Prison, he admits to her that charges were brought against him for multiple murders, but stresses the fact that there was no evidence, however, and that one could never convict him; at this point she distanced herself from him. Due to his wish to defend himself, he is granted access to the law library, from which he escapes out of an upper story window. He is jailed again after an auto theft, but manages to escape again months later. This time he overpowers four women in their home and brutally beats them. After the murder of a little girl he becomes heavily intoxicated and is recognized by a police officer and arrested after a short chase. At court the judge decides that Ted will be executed by a current of electricity. After a brief chat on the phone, he makes a final statement before dying.

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Differences between film and real events[edit]

The film's fictionalized narrative takes many creative liberties, changing or conflating events and shifting their timing, as is common in Hollywood re-tellings of real-life events. Examples include:

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