Mannen från Mallorca (1984)

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In Stockholm, on St. Lucy's feast day, a bandit daringly robs a crowded post office. Within a fortnight, two witnesses are dead. Two cops from vice squad, Johansson and Jarnebring, who were... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sven Wollter ...
Tomas von Brömssen ...
Håkan Serner ...
Inspector Andersson
Ernst Günther ...
Thomas Hellberg ...
Ingvar Hirdwall ...
Niels Jensen ...
Roger 'Rogge' Jansson
Tommy Johnson ...
Inspector Rundberg
Rico Rönnbäck ...
Hans Villius ...
Minister of Justice (as Hans Willius)
Sten Lonnert ...
Olsson, Alcoholic
Nina Gunke ...
Eva Zetterberg
Margreth Weivers ...
Alva Wiström
Gun Karlsson ...
Mrs. Forsberg, Witness at the Post Office
Marie Delleskog ...
Janna, Roger's Fiancée


In Stockholm, on St. Lucy's feast day, a bandit daringly robs a crowded post office. Within a fortnight, two witnesses are dead. Two cops from vice squad, Johansson and Jarnebring, who were the first to the crime scene, pursue all leads and identify a suspect, an arrogant member of the elite secret police, a man assigned to guard the country's Minister of Justice. Just as the beat cops think they've tightened the noose around the suspect, loose ends appear, witnesses lose their certainty, alibis crop up, and even the cops doubt what they've seen. Who's protecting the suspect and why? Written by <>

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Release Date:

12 October 1984 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Man from Majorca  »

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SEK 15,025,552 (Sweden)

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1.66 : 1
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The prosecutor, Jerry Martinger, was indeed a real-life prosecutor at the time, doing a cameo. See more »


During the car chase, one close-up shows Johansson's hair flowing in the wind, revealing that it has been shot through an open window on the car's passenger side. People do not otherwise tend to drive with their windows open in Swedish sub-zero temperature winters - especially not when speeding. See more »


Inspector Johansson: For fuck sake, Janis. It's as much my fault! If I hadn't asked you to take those damn shrimpshells... Come on! It happens to the best of us.
Inspector Jarnebring: Now it feels as if it's happened to the worst.
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Crazy Credits

There are no end credits for this film. All credits are shown at the beginning, and at the end, the film simply fades to black. See more »


Followed by I lagens namn (1986) See more »

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The best political thriller you've never heard of
14 October 2004 | by (Sussex, England) – See all my reviews

Lowly Stockholm vice-squad officers, Jarnebring and Johansson, are first on the scene of a robbery and go on to unearth apparent corruption in high places, but the threads are difficult to pull together and the case is hard to crack.

There are so many pleasures in this film that it's a shame that it is so rarely seen. Quite apart from being a good thriller director Bo Widerberg brings twists and slants to what would otherwise be the sort of film that we've seen a hundred times. Although a buddy-buddy movie, J & J's relationship is constructed back-to-front. Instead of going from 'chalk & cheese' to reconciled dream-team, they begin as good friends, with implicit trust between them as colleagues, but the events of the film put this under strain. As a corollary there is no neat ending.

There are some good moments of humour as American and Swedish culture brush up against each other, but the greatest departure from the standard is the insight into Johansson's personal life. Occupying no more than a few minutes screen time, we see the result of his marriage break-up. The scene where he attempts to recapture his relationship with his son is almost painful and his furtive eye contact with another metro traveler is nicely captured. In fact, these brief interludes convey more about the loneliness of a failed relationship than many an entire film. Overall they add a rare depth to this genre. Add to this a great car-chase and the technique of putting a rear facing road-pointing camera on the front of a car, which brilliantly conveys menace.

There is also a well-developed sense of place with all the action set in a wintry Stockholm and it's environs. While we see the city's underbelly (down-and-outs; winos; criminals; alienated youth) it is still an affectionate portrait.

Twenty years on there are some non-P.C. moments as when a suspect is recognised partly as he is seems to be the only foreign-looking person in Stockholm. The ending can also be criticised for leaving a feeling that the ball is still in the air, but this is largely because we cinema-goers are so used to complete resolution.

This is the sort of film that should be made more often. Widerberg rivaled Peter Weir as a director who could make an entertaining yet meaningful and character-driven film.

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