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Man on the Roof (1976)
"Mannen på taket" (original title)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  April 1977 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt ...
Martin Beck (as Carl Gustaf Lindstedt)
Sven Wollter ...
Thomas Hellberg ...
Håkan Serner ...
Ingvar Hirdwall ...
Åke Eriksson (as Ingvar Hirdvall)
Bellan Roos ...
Mrs. Eriksson
Gus Dahlström ...
Mr. Eriksson
Stefan Nyman
Birgitta Valberg ...
Mrs. Nyman
Carl-Axel Heiknert ...
Palmon Harald Hult (as Carl Axel Heiknert)
Torgny Anderberg ...
Folke Hjort ...
Eva Remaeus ...
Gunnel Wadner ...


Police lieutenant Nyman is murdered in his hospital bed and Martin Beck and his colleagues have another murder to solve. They discover that Nyman was a very brutal and tough policeman who received many complaints about his brutality. Particularly interesting is a complaint from Åke Eriksson, whose wife died in police custody because of Nyman. Eriksson climbs up on a roof in central Stockholm and starts to shoot at people on the street below... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Release Date:

April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man on the Roof  »

Box Office


SEK 3,900,000 (estimated)


SEK 10,780,000 (Sweden)

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1.66 : 1
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The helicopter crash was shot without permission on Good Friday, causing some protests by local churches. See more »


The events all take place in late March. Still, when the police car crashes, trees with leaves can be seen in the background (indicating late spring or early summer). See more »


Malm: [a police helicopter has been shot down by the man on the roof] He shot down the helicopter.
Gunvald Larsson: So that's your conclusion?
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References Baretta (1975) See more »


Composed by Arthur Hedström
Lyrics by Fritz Gustaf and Oleg Quist (Helge Roundquist)
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One of the greatest
28 August 2004 | by (Östersund, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest Swedish police movies ever made. Sure, it is a child of is time, the mid 70's, but is has something other movies lack: tension and a documentary feel.

Yes, it has a slow beginning. It doesn't have the mantra of modern movie makers: pace.

Modern movies, regardless of genre, are to often cut to hard. One scene too much is often removed. Not in this movie, though. It is something so rare as an action movie with a slow pace and actual police work.

One of Sweden's most famous comedy actors of all times plays Martin Beck: the late Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt. He's doing the greatest portrait of this disillusioned policeman ever. Gösta Ekman, Peter Haber and Walter Matthau were not even close.

Mannen på taket is a great movie, has great actors, and is a great time document. A must see in my opinion. If you can see past modern movie cliché heroes and big explosions that is. There is a reason that no one has done a remake of this movie. All other books with Martin Beck has been filmed countless of times, but not this one... (It's named Den vedervärdige mannen från Säffle in Swedish or The Abominable Man in English).

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