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

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  April 1977 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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
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Stefan Nyman
Birgitta Valberg ...
Mrs. Nyman
Carl-Axel Heiknert ...
Palmon Harald Hult (as Carl Axel Heiknert)
Torgny Anderberg ...
Folke Hjort ...
Eva Remaeus ...
Gunnel Wadner ...
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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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April 1977 (USA)  »

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Man on the Roof  »

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Budget:

SEK 3,900,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 10,780,000 (Sweden)
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The weapon used by the gunman in the last part of the movie is an American M1941 Johnson machine gun. See more »

Goofs

When Beck and Rönn enter Ericsson's room (at his parents' house), you see a shadow of the camera crew on the left wall. See more »

Quotes

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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Skilled action based on a profound crime story
11 January 2003 | by (Malmo, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is director Widerberg's widely acclaimed first action film, based on a crime story by famous Swedish writers Sjowall/Wahloo. It's a complex story, involving both the frantic efforts to stop a man from shooting people from a roof top, and the bit by bit revelations of why he's doing it.

Widerberg could make movies, in this and other genres, and this time he was praised for accomplishing what many regarded as the first Swedish action film, which did not look like high school work, even in an international comparison.

A lot of effort was put into it, involving large parts of Stockholm city at the time, and countless citizens volunteering as extras. It got to be much larger than the movie team had anticipated, but Widerberg managed to be creative about that chaotic situation, giving the film a sense of documentary, of not being fiction at all. Of course that heightened the suspense, and made its social message more urgent.


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