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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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Cast

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 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

Every member of the main cast with the exception of Martin Beck (played by Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt) wears some kind of cap or hat. Bo Widerberg later commented on this, saying he wanted Beck to look cold (shot during the winter) throughout the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

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Composed by Arthur Hedström
Lyrics by Fritz Gustaf and Oleg Quist (Helge Roundquist)
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Masterpiece!
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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