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Man on the Roof (1976)

Mannen på taket (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1977 (USA)
When a police inspector is murdered in hospital, the investigation led by detective Martin Beck uncovers reports of police misconduct and a possible revenge motive.


Bo Widerberg


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


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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Did You Know?


The movie was shut down for one week in order to have Widerberg re-organize his crew after the DoP was taken sick. See more »


Shooting (no pun intended!) the helicopter crash scene at Odenplan went way overtime. In the background of the burning helicopter, the neon signs at the nearby shops can be seen lit in two short sequences following the crash, although this is supposed to happen during daytime. See more »


Policeman throwing up at hospital: Sorry
Einar Rönn: That's ok. It can happen to the best of us.
Policeman throwing up at hospital: Is it always like this?
Einar Rönn: Seriously; I've been a policeman for twenty years, and i never seen anything like this...
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References Baretta (1975) See more »


Composed by Arthur Hedström
Lyrics by Fritz Gustaf Sundelöf and Oleg Quist (Helge Roundquist)
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Skilled action based on a profound crime story
11 January 2003 | by stefan-144See all my reviews

This is director Widerberg's widely acclaimed first action film, based on a crime story by famous Swedish writers Sjowall/Wahloo. It's a complex story, involving both the frantic efforts to stop a man from shooting people from a roof top, and the bit by bit revelations of why he's doing it.

Widerberg could make movies, in this and other genres, and this time he was praised for accomplishing what many regarded as the first Swedish action film, which did not look like high school work, even in an international comparison.

A lot of effort was put into it, involving large parts of Stockholm city at the time, and countless citizens volunteering as extras. It got to be much larger than the movie team had anticipated, but Widerberg managed to be creative about that chaotic situation, giving the film a sense of documentary, of not being fiction at all. Of course that heightened the suspense, and made its social message more urgent.

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April 1977 (USA) See more »

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SEK3,900,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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