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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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Did You Know?

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:
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 »
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Laughing Policeman, 8 February 2005
Author: ashleyallinson from Toronto

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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