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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 »

Director:

Bo Widerberg

Writers:

Maj Sjöwall (novel) (as Sjöwall), Per Wahlöö (novel) (as Wahlöö) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt ... Martin Beck (as Carl Gustaf Lindstedt)
Sven Wollter ... Lennart Kollberg
Thomas Hellberg ... Gunvald Larsson
Håkan Serner ... Einar Rönn
Ingvar Hirdwall ... Åke Eriksson (as Ingvar Hirdvall)
Bellan Roos ... Mrs. Eriksson
Gus Dahlström ... Mr. Eriksson
Harald Hamrell ... Stefan Nyman
Birgitta Valberg ... Mrs. Nyman
Carl-Axel Heiknert ... Palmon Harald Hult (as Carl Axel Heiknert)
Torgny Anderberg ... Malm
Folke Hjort ... Melander
Eva Remaeus ... Mrs. Kollberg
Gunnel Wadner ... Mrs. Beck
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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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Detective Story Fans Will Be Gripped By This Realistic, Human Police Thriller


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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The crane that suspends the helicopter can be seen briefly in the subway stairs shot. 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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Soundtracks

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Composed by Arthur Hedström
Lyrics by Fritz Gustaf Sundelöf and Oleg Quist (Helge Roundquist)
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Bo Widerberg directs a thriller about how a man ended up being on the roof to terrorize inhabitants of Stockholm !!!!!
9 July 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

The popularity which crime fiction writers namely Stieg Larsson and Håkan Nesser enjoy in current times has enabled book readers to consider Sweden from a different perspective.Their books allow people to be able to imagine that despite an excellent welfare state Sweden has a lot of social problems.In the past,criminal tendencies in Sweden were described in gory details by writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.It is their writings which form the back drop of Swedish film 'Man on the roof'.For a national cinema closely associated with Bergman's dark dramas,'Mannen På Taket' presents a completely different facet of Swedish cinema.It is a thriller which spoke about corrupt policemen hell bent on giving a bad name to their police force.Bo Widerberg gives equal attention to drama as well as thriller elements.The result is an intelligent thriller which enables its viewers to ascertain why some policemen are able to cross lines which are supposed to be judged by them.Admirers of action cinema need to be reminded that their theme makes its appearance in the second half of the film as the first half has been reserved for the through investigation of a brutal murder.


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

SEK3,900,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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