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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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An absorbing 70s crime drama. See more (33 total) »

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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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:
Revealing mistakes: 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:[When a heroin dealer trades information for a reduced sentence] I hope you're not jerking us, Haygood. Cause if you are, by the time you come back, smack'll be legal. Know what I mean?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Hard Day for Archie (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
An absorbing 70s crime drama., 5 May 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Admittedly, the pace of "The Laughing Policeman" is pretty slow, but this is a well plotted murder mystery that gets a lot of juice from the marvelous chemistry between investigating detectives Walter Matthau (as Jake Martin) and Bruce Dern (as Leo Larsen). The supporting cast is likewise excellent and full of familiar faces. Producer / director / uncredited screenwriter Stuart Rosenberg makes great use of San Francisco locations, and keeps viewers intrigued with the police procedural aspect to the tale. The violence is pretty potent, and there's a certain amusement in seeing detectives Martin and Larsen work their way through the seedier environments of SF.

As the movie opens, a cop named Evans (Anthony Costello) follows a man named Niles (Louis Guss) onto a city bus; soon, a character known to Niles gets on board and pumps several passengers full of holes, including Evans and Niles. Martin, who happened to be Evans' partner, gets newly paired up with Larsen to work the case as their superior (Anthony Zerbe) demands results.

What's a joy here is seeing this cast at work. Matthau and Dern contrast nicely; what we come to know about Martin is that despite having a home and family, he's pretty much devoted to his job. Louis Gossett Jr. is fun as one of their colleagues; also making appearances are Val Avery, Cathy Lee Crosby, Mario Gallo, Joanna Cassidy, Paul Koslo, Frances Lee McCain, Clifton James, Gregory Sierra, Warren Finnerty, Matt Clark, and Wayne Grace. Albert Paulsen ("The Manchurian Candidate") has the most interesting role seeing that he actually has next to nothing in the way of dialogue.

The movie may get a little repetitive as it comes full circle at the end, but taking everything into consideration it's a good and solid example of its genre.

Based on the novel "Den Skrattande Polisen" by authors Per Wahloo & Maj Sjowall.

Seven out of 10.

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