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The Laughing Policeman (1973)

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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

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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Eight people know who the killer is - and they're all dead! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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23 January 1974 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

An Investigation of a Murder  »

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Trivia

The same distinctive green station wagon with wood panels was used in multiple scenes as an "automobile extra" and appears throughout the film in background shots. See more »

Goofs

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: Know what you can do for us, Rodney? You're gonna walk down the street, you're gonna get in the back seat of that white car, or I'm gonna kick your nuts up around your neck. Know what I mean, boy?
Insp. James Larrimore SFPD: Partner, go to the car and get on the radio.
Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD: What did I do, break another rule?
[to Davis]
Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD: What are you gonna do, son? Eyeball me to death?
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Connections

Referenced in My Erotic Fantasies (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Played on the stereo at home
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The Laughing Policeman
8 February 2005 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

This sullen, violent police drama is as detailed an investigation as you will find on film. The opening scene of The Laughing Policeman is extremely tense and sets the tone for a Dirty-Harry-style flick that delivers one of Matthau's moodiest performances. Basically, a mass murder takes place on a San Francisco bus, and we find out that a policeman was one of the victims. He turns out to be Matthau's late partner. Bruce Dern is assigned to be his new partner, working with Matthau, a conflict of interest, to find out why this SFPD detective was on the bus in the first place. Their subsequent relationship is a play the standard, portrayed in the Laughing Policeman as "mute cop/bad cop". So, teams of gritty cops (a young Lou Gossett) meander through the roughest neighborhoods of San Francisco bullying pimps, pushers, hip drag queens and sidewalking street-wheelers in an attempt uncover what turns out to be a very complex underworld fraternity. The purpose (seeing as this plays as a Matthau character study), to quell Matthau's melancholic contribution to this Dirty Harry spin-off. It is more violent and much more precise than Dirty Hary but not as entertaining. A must see, however, for all Matthau fans.


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