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

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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
Stefan Nyman
Birgitta Valberg ...
Mrs. Nyman
Carl-Axel Heiknert ...
Palmon Harald Hult (as Carl Axel Heiknert)
Torgny Anderberg ...
Folke Hjort ...
Eva Remaeus ...
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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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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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Did You Know?


Bo Widerberg choose actor Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt - one of Sweden's most beloved comedians at the time - to play the dramatic lead after seeing Lindstedt as a guest in a talk show looking serious, not realizing he was on the air. See more »


When Kollberg and Larsson is standing in the doorway to the closed section of the hold hospital, Larsson has a big wound and lots of blood on the right side of his head. Seconds earlier, when he helps 'Kollberg' to get over the railing, you can see his head without any wound or blood. See more »


Lennart Kollberg: Ask yourself this: Who was Stig Nyman?
Martin Beck: I didn't really know him very well...
Lennart Kollberg: Don't be evasive! Who was he? Or rather, what was he?
Martin Beck: A police.
Lennart Kollberg: Not a satisfying answer
Einar Rönn: A police lieutenant...? I have to make a phone call
Lennart Kollberg: Well. What was he?
Martin Beck: A bad policeman.
Lennart Kollberg: Wrong! Nyman was a fucking lousy policeman!
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Referenced in Ninja Mission 2000 (2000) See more »


Composed by Arthur Hedström
Lyrics by Fritz Gustaf and Oleg Quist (Helge Roundquist)
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19 September 1999 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

Intense and extremely good police-thriller. Bo Widerberg is earlier responsible for beautiful romantic movies as well as gritty social drama, and suddenly he hits us *slam* right in the face with this movie. "The Man on the Roof" can only be described as the *best* action-thriller ever to come out of Scandinavia. I fear Ingmar Bergman has met his match! The film starts out as a meticulous, detailed account into the investigation of a brutal murder. The search for the killer is lead by homicide detective Martin Beck (surprisingly effectively portrayed by veteran comic actor Lindstedt) and his team in the Stockholm police. Then suddenly barely halfway through, the picture changes pace as it turns into a gripping action movie -and a convincing one at that. Helicopters, machineguns, you name it - and all in the downtown area of Stockholm! I wouldn't believe it had I not seen it for myself. "The Man on the Roof" is definitely as good as expected, and then some.

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