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Man on the Roof (1976)

Mannen på taket (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1977 (USA)
Police lieutenant Nyman is murdered in his hospital bed and Martin Beck and his colleagues have another murder to solve. They discover that Nyman was a very tough policeman who received ... See full summary »

Director:

Bo Widerberg

Writers:

Maj Sjöwall (novel) (as Sjöwall), Per Wahlöö (novel) (as Wahlöö) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt ... Martin Beck (as Carl Gustaf Lindstedt)
Sven Wollter ... Lennart Kollberg
Thomas Hellberg ... Gunvald Larsson
Håkan Serner ... Einar Rönn
Ingvar Hirdwall ... Åke Eriksson (as Ingvar Hirdvall)
Bellan Roos ... Mrs. Eriksson
Gus Dahlström ... Mr. Eriksson
Harald Hamrell ... Stefan Nyman
Birgitta Valberg ... Mrs. Nyman
Carl-Axel Heiknert ... Palmon Harald Hult (as Carl Axel Heiknert)
Torgny Anderberg ... Malm
Folke Hjort ... Melander
Eva Remaeus ... Mrs. Kollberg
Gunnel Wadner ... Mrs. Beck
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Storyline

Police lieutenant Nyman is murdered in his hospital bed and Martin Beck and his colleagues have another murder to solve. They discover that Nyman was a very tough policeman who received several complaints about his methods. His partner Hult defends him against these accusations, while Nyman's widow explains that Hult was the only one outside of the family who knew where Nyman was hospitalized. It becomes obvious to Beck, that a lot of people wanted Nyman dead, but he is not the only one targeted. Soon a sniper kills policemen from a roof in central Stockholm. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man on the Roof See more »

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Budget:

SEK 3,900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Bo Widerberg had seen The French Connection (1971) and wanted to make a Swedish equivalent of that film. See more »

Goofs

The events all take place in late March. Still, when the police car crashes, trees with leaves can be seen in the background (indicating late spring or early summer). See more »

Quotes

Malm: [a police helicopter has been shot down by the man on the roof] He shot down the helicopter.
Gunvald Larsson: So that's your conclusion?
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Referenced in Bo Widerberg (1977) See more »

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Fjällbruden
Composed by Arthur Hedström
Lyrics by Fritz Gustaf Sundelöf and Oleg Quist (Helge Roundquist)
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Video surprise of the year: realistic, engrossing, ranks with best American crime films of the 70's
6 January 2002 | by muddlyjamesSee all my reviews

Wow! I wasn't expecting this - a sober, detailed, semi-documentary study of police investigation and tactics from, of all people, Bo Widerberg?!

I am astonished to say that this is a remarkably realistic and believable film and, as another viewer suggested, should be viewed by current filmakers as a prime reference for how films in this genre can be successfully approached. This truly ranks with the best American crime/police films of the 70's (and soars above all their pale French imitations), though it may lack the visceral impact of DIRTY HARRY or a character as indelible as Popeye Doyle. But character development is not really the film's focus; it is getting the details right - which it does - of the methodical police investigation of a murder and then their forced tactical response to a sniper. In doing this Widerberg and co. avoid a number of cliches and dramatic pitfalls that have plagued other films and television dramas working this turf over the last 40 years. These include cowboy heroics by "rogue" cops, an over-reliance on police jargon (that supposedly lets us know we are "inside the world" of police work), allowing interpersonal melodramas between characters to blur the focus of the story (i.e. catching the criminal), and, of course, the now ritual abuse of explosions, car chases, and machine-gun editing (to supposedly heighten our excitement). There are also no cartoonish twisted-genius serial killers masterminding absurd plot twists. Here the killer is as unspectacular, and as understandable (although we never meet him) as the men pursuing him. It is also remarkable how characters casually enter into the film as they enter the investigation - no one emerges as THE hero - everyone just does his job. And Widerberg is so effective at focusing us on the quiet, "routine" details of how the case develops that when violence erupts in the later part of the film it is truly startling. The scenes of panicking crowds have an unsettling documentary feel. The police response to this threat is, again, restrained, unspectacular (all right the helicopter attack may be pushing it a bit) and intensely dramatic for just that reason (no bells or whistles required). When the criminal is finally stopped it is almost anti-climatic (no drawn-out battles to the death, no swelling music) and this is as it should be for the world remains the same, evil still exists, and the job goes on. Can't wait to see MAN FROM MALLORCA. 9 out of 10.


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