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Man on the Roof (1976)

Mannen på taket (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1977 (USA)
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 tough policeman who received ... See full summary »

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Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt ...
Martin Beck (as Carl Gustaf Lindstedt)
Sven Wollter ...
Thomas Hellberg ...
Håkan Serner ...
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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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Storyline

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 tough policeman who received several complaints about his methods. His partner Hult defends him against these accusations, while Nyman's widow explains that Hult was the only one outside of the family who knew where Nyman was hospitalized. It becomes obvious to Beck, that a lot of people wanted Nyman dead, but he is not the only one targeted. Soon a sniper kills policemen from a roof in central Stockholm. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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April 1977 (USA)  »

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Man on the Roof  »

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SEK 3,900,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Bo Widerberg had seen The French Connection (1971) and wanted to make a Swedish equivalent of that film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Malm: [after the helicopter have been shot down] We'll have to call in the armed forces.
Martin Beck: What can they do?
Gunvald Larsson: [sarcastically] Bomb the house. Bring in the heavy artillery, or...
Martin Beck: Or what?
Gunvald Larsson: Or deploy paratroopers. We could even drop a dozen police dogs.
Martin Beck: Shut up, Gunvald.
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Referenced in Bo Widerberg (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

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Composed by Arthur Hedström
Lyrics by Fritz Gustaf and Oleg Quist (Helge Roundquist)
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Best Swedish triller so far!
10 December 2001 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This movie by Bo Widerberg is the peak performance in his career as I see it. It mixes realism with outstanding action sequences that still today haven't been done this good in Sweden. I haven't seen Mannen pa mallorca by Widerberg but that might be the one that ties this film. My favourite scene is probably when Martin Beck is on stakeout in an apartment where he tries to spot the killer. The scene is very well made and the old lady who owns the apartment is mostly concerned that Martin drinks his coffe and eat his cookies. It's pure magic. The best actor in this movie is Hakan Serner in a minor role, he portray the dull everyday life perfectly and it is very easy to imagine that this guy has been in the force way to long. A must see!


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