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Madigan (1968)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 March 1968 (USA)
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In New York City's Spanish Harlem, detectives Madigan and Bonaro are given 72 hours by their superior to capture a hoodlum wanted for homicide in Brooklyn.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Howard Rodman (screenplay) (as Henri Simoun), Abraham Polonsky (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... Det. Daniel Madigan
Henry Fonda ... Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
Inger Stevens ... Julia Madigan
Harry Guardino ... Det. Rocco Bonaro
James Whitmore ... Chief Inspector Charles Kane
Susan Clark ... Tricia Bentley
Michael Dunn ... Midget Castiglione
Steve Ihnat ... Barney Benesch
Don Stroud ... Hughie
Sheree North ... Jonesy
Warren Stevens ... Ben Williams
Raymond St. Jacques ... Dr. Taylor
Bert Freed ... Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch
Harry Bellaver ... Mickey Dunn
Frank Marth ... Lt. James Price
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Storyline

Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes about his duties, including attending functions, meeting with aggrieved relatives, and counseling the spouses of fallen officers. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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...the savage story of a city stripped naked! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madigan: Lisbon Beat See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After years of rejecting offers to star in a TV series, Richard Widmark finally succumbed to Universal and NBC-TV's offer for a series. The pilot, Brock's Last Case (1973). was rejected, however, and Widmark was asked to play Madigan in a segment of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie during the 1972-73 season. The series was canceled after one season despite usually finishing in the top 30 of the Nielsen ratings. See more »

Goofs

When the killer is located in a hotel room, the police mass in view of the window rather than around the other side of the building. Then while the killer is firing from the window the assault group run into the building on the side under fire from the window. They evacuate the floor of the killer's room well after the first shots are exchanged and no police are watching the door to prevent escape. See more »

Quotes

Commissioner Anthony X. Russell: [after Kane drops his shield on Russell's desk] What am I supposed to do with that?
Chief Insp. Charles Kane: Commissioner, I thought you'd never ask.
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Referenced in Last Action Hero (1993) See more »

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A precursor to "Dirty Harry"
30 March 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

A decent exploration of the maverick detective theme that Siegal would examine more successfully in "Dirty Harry." Richard Widmark is terrific in the title role, and the cinematography, along with some of the dialogue, is top notch. The film runs into problems, however, with the subplot involving police commissioner Henry Fonda, as well as Madigan's difficulties on the homefront with wife Inger Stevens. Had the emphasis remained on the manhunt conducted by Madigan and his partner (Harry Guardino), it could have been a classic. Instead, too much time is devoted to talk, and as any Siegal enthusiast knows, action is what he did best. The later TV series, again starring Widmark, is superior.


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