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The Laughing Policeman (1973)

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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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
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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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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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This movie is so real it makes every other movie in this town look like a movie. See more »

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23 January 1974 (Sweden)  »

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An Investigation of a Murder  »

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In the original screenplay, Martin was supposed to laugh at the end, true to the film's title. This idea was abandoned, either by director Stuart Rosenberg or Walter Matthau during shooting. See more »

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In the morgue scene, early in the film, there are a few "corpses" breathing. On one corpse, the toes curl. See more »

Quotes

Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD: [responding to his partner's one-word answers] Have you ever thought of having your own radio talk-show?
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You Make Me Feel So Young
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Music by Josef Myrow
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Slow thriller but still a good movie!
22 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jake Martin (Walter Mattau) investigates massacre that took the lives of eight people on a city bus. One of those victims was Jake's partner, Detective Evans, who was supposed to be called in sick. The question is: what was Detective Evans doing on the bus when the shooting occurred? Jake's colleagues: Leo Larsen (Bruce Dern), James Larrimore (Lou Goessett Jr.) help him on the cast leading to various places throughout San Francisco

"The Laughing Policeman" is a police procedural film that runs at a slow pace, which made it difficult to follow sometimes especially with the leads the characters have on the case. This bothered me a bit - maybe it has something to do with my generation's attention span? But the slow pace allowed us as viewers to see police procedural of the early 70s. While today's police procedural films (and TV shows) rely on technology to aid on a case, back then it seem that the police will take anything necessary to get the bad guy in; relying on gut feeling. We also get to know about the characters' lives in their police work - how they hate their job while going after the killer.

"The Laughing Policeman" is worth watching despite of the slow pacing. The actors who play their roles have done a great job getting the audiences' attention to the scene. The plot will keep you guessing until the end.


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