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Director:
Writers:
Thomas Rickman (screenplay)
Per Wahlöö (based on the novel "Den skrattande polisen" by) ...
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Release Date:
23 January 1974 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
This movie is so real it makes every other movie in this town look like a movie. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Walter Matthau ... Sgt. Jake Martin SFPD

Bruce Dern ... Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Insp. James Larrimore SFPD (as Lou Gossett)
Albert Paulsen ... Henry Camerero

Anthony Zerbe ... Lt. Nat Styner (Steiner on End Credits) SFPD

Val Avery ... Insp. John Pappas SFPD

Cathy Lee Crosby ... Kay Butler
Mario Gallo ... Bobby Mow, Snitch

Joanna Cassidy ... Nurse Monica, Beth's Roomate
Shirley Ballard ... Grace Martin
William Hansen ... Mr. Schwermer, Bus Vicitm
Don Borisenko ... Det. Mike Collins (as Jonas Wolfe)

Paul Koslo ... Duane Haygood, Drug Pusher
Louis Guss ... Gus Niles / Andrew Medford - Bus Victim

Frances Lee McCain ... Prostitute (as Lee McCain)
David Moody ... Pimp
Ivan Bookman ... Rodney Davis

Clifton James ... Officer Jim Maloney SFPD Bomb Squad

Gregory Sierra ... Ken Vickery, Outlaw Biker (as Gregg Sierra)
Warren Finnerty ... Ripple, Outlaw Biker

Matt Clark ... Coroner
Joseph Bernard ... Avakian's Brother Samuel
Melvina Smedley ... Maydala
Leigh French ... Porno Cashier
James Klawin ... Fowler
Anthony Costello ... Det. Dave Evans - Bus Victim
John Francis ... Inspector Russo, SFPD
John Frederick Vick ... Inspector Lou Terry SFPD

Wayne Grace ... Inspector Tom Brennan SFPD
Cheryl Christiansen ... Beth, Nurse on Bus
James V. Christy ... Lemuel Avakian, Bus Victim (as James Christy)
David Belrose ... Ralph Martin
Dawn Frame ... Debbie Martin
Ellan Nance ... Camerero's Receptionist #1 (as Ellen Nance)

Lavelle Roby ... Camerero's Receptionist #2 (as Lavelle Robey)
Hobart Nills Nelson ... Jail Guard
Gus Bruneman ... TAC Squad Captain SFPD (as Capt. Gus Bruneman)
The San Francisco Strutters ... Street Musicians
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elaine Collins ... Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)

Sacheen Littlefeather ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg 
 
Writing credits
Thomas Rickman (screenplay)

Per Wahlöö (based on the novel "Den skrattande polisen" by) (as Per Wahlhoo) and
Maj Sjöwall (based on the novel "Den skrattande polisen" by) (as Maj Sjowall)

Stuart Rosenberg  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Stuart Rosenberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Fox 
 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bob Wyman (film editor)
 
Casting by
Joyce Selznick 
 
Set Decoration by
Doug von Koss 
 
Makeup Department
Gary Morris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mike Moder .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Moder .... first assistant director
Ron Wright .... second assistant director
Charles Ziarko .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Barry Bedig .... property master (uncredited)
Jack M. Marino .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... production mixer
Theodore Soderberg .... re-recording mixer
Bill Hank .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ron Sterling .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stanley Amborn .... special effects (uncredited)
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Edesa .... gaffer (uncredited)
Richard N. Hannah .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Norman Harris .... best boy (uncredited)
Gary Haselbusch .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Jack E. Kelly .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Fred Murphy .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Richter .... key grip (uncredited)
Phillip R. Sarabia .... second grip (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Don Whipple .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lambert Marks .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Nat Tolmach .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
William Charles Hauer .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gus Coreris .... technical advisor: SFPD (as Inspector Gus Coreris)
Charles Ellis .... technical advisor: SFPD (as Lieutenant Charles Ellis)
Peggy Locke .... production secretary
Lucille Baumann .... auditor (uncredited)
Earl Fahey .... caterer (uncredited)
Francis X. Feighan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"An Investigation of a Murder" - Australia (imdb display title), International (English title) (alternative title)
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Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The Anthony Zerbe character is Lieutenant "Styner" according to his desk nameplate, but "Steiner" in the closing credits.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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Had the Craziest DreamSee more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Unjustly obscure police depiction, 5 November 2003
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

For some reason, this crime drama is almost completely overlooked. Even though it has it's faults, it is mostly a terrific examination of a police investigation. (In fact, in Australia, it was titled "Investigation of a Murder" which is far more apt a title than what it is here.) Matthau plays a police detective whose partner has been gunned down in a mass murder aboard a city bus. He is paired with Dern to find out if there's a connection between the massacre and the policeman's presence on the bus. They form an uneasy alliance (due to their clashing personalities and styles of working) and attempt to solve the baffling case. Gossett makes a strong impression as a fellow detective, though his character sort of drifts out of the picture at some point. Crosby and Cassidy have small, early roles as women who were affected by the murders. What's brilliant about the film is the wondrous verisimilitude and almost complete authenticity of the settings and performances. Only occasionally, can someone be caught "acting". Most of the time, the camera acts in an almost documentary fashion, eavesdropping on the various events and conversations. This type of gritty, realistic, matter-of-fact film is simply not made anymore today. The comparatively simple bus massacre is more striking and vivid than any of the overdone action scenes that litter all of today's films. There's a stark quality to the production that fits it well. Where the film strays is in it's endless cop vignettes which don't always have anything to do with the plot and which distract from, rather than enhance, the story. It's as if the writers tried to include too much from the source novel and wound up muddying the waters of the primary story. This also makes the film hard to follow at times. What's priceless is the display of the unmistakably tacky clothes and furnishings of the 1970's. There are also amusing glimpses into the San Francisco gay bar scene with real patrons displaying their faces (sometimes made up in drag) before the camera. Matthau says little in the film, but holds the attention with his various personal demons and conflicts. He chews gum incessantly and listens to standards on his radio to keep his emotions in check. Dern, as a more lively sort, is a great counterpoint and holds his own nicely. The mystery winds up being not all that big a mystery at all, but there's still a decent payoff with a "French Connection-esquire" car chase through San Francisco.

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