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In San Francisco, one victim in a mass murder is a police detective. His partner and a new partner investigate in the city's seamy side.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD
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Insp. James Larrimore SFPD (as Lou Gossett)
Albert Paulsen ...
Henry Camerero
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Lt. Nat Styner (Steiner on End Credits) SFPD
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Insp. John Pappas SFPD
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Kay Butler
Mario Gallo ...
Bobby Mow, Snitch
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Nurse Monica, Beth's Roomate
Shirley Ballard ...
Grace Martin
William Hansen ...
Mr. Schwermer, Bus Vicitm
Don Borisenko ...
Det. Mike Collins (as Jonas Wolfe)
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Duane Haygood, Drug Pusher
Louis Guss ...
Gus Niles / Andrew Medford - Bus Victim
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Prostitute (as Lee McCain)
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Storyline

A policeman is among the victims when the passengers of a late-night bus are machine-gunned. With only one semi- conscious survivor and no other witnesses, the detectives try to learn from the identities of the dead why this happened and who the killer could be. Climax includes excellent chase. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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The laughing policeman is never amused. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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23 January 1974 (Sweden)  »

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An Investigation of a Murder  »

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Trivia

According to Bruce Dern's autobiography, it was Walter Matthau's idea to have Dern, known mainly as a character actor, share top billing with him for this film--a gesture Dern was most grateful for. See more »

Goofs

The Anthony Zerbe character is Lieutenant "Styner" according to his desk nameplate, but "Steiner" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Insp. James Larrimore SFPD: [to pimp he has just pushed to the floor] What ever you are reaching for better be a sandwich coz you're gonna have to eat it!
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Referenced in Mikey and Nicky (1976) See more »

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Blue Moon
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Music by Richard Rodgers
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Worth seeing
7 July 2001 | by (California, US) – See all my reviews

Not as bad as the other comments would suggest, "The Laughing Policeman" is a police procedural mystery that lacks the spark of great thriller genre films. What this does have is some very good acting, especially from the lead players, and a decent script with interesting characters. The plot does get a little convoluted near the end and the action is inspired by better films, but it is worth a watch. I'd give it a mild recomendation.


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