Cinema: The Fiends

Psychopathic killers roam at large in two new movies:

The Sniper (Stanley Kramer; Columbia) draws a melodramatic bead on a sex murderer (Arthur Franz) who goes around shooting brunettes with a telescopic carbine. It seems that he was unloved as a child. Similar in plot to the facts of Los Angeles' recent "sniper" shootings,* the picture gives its story a San Francisco setting and a constructive, if somewhat superficial, plea for psychiatric treatment of sex offenders. The Sniper has a few sequences that hit the cinematic bull's-eye, notably a raw. realistic police lineup. But...

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