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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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Storyline

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


Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man on the Roof See more »

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Budget:

SEK3,900,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Real blood (from pigs) was used in this movie. See more »

Goofs

After Malm's speech via loudspeakers, the man on the roof shoots a cop using his Mauser rifle. Seconds before, however, the man on the roof was seen carrying his Johnson machine gun, and he couldn't have changed guns in between. See more »

Quotes

Lennart Kollberg: Ask yourself this: Who was Stig Nyman?
Martin Beck: I didn't really know him very well...
Lennart Kollberg: Don't be evasive! Who was he? Or rather, what was he?
Martin Beck: A police.
Lennart Kollberg: Not a satisfying answer
Einar Rönn: A police lieutenant...? I have to make a phone call
Lennart Kollberg: Well. What was he?
Martin Beck: A bad policeman.
Lennart Kollberg: Wrong! Nyman was a fucking lousy policeman!
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Soundtracks

Fjällbruden
Composed by Arthur Hedström
Lyrics by Fritz Gustaf Sundelöf and Oleg Quist (Helge Roundquist)
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Action with Intellectual Mind
27 March 2001 | by eibon09See all my reviews

Uncharacteristicly excellent crafted action film that takes a frank look at the horrors of Police corruption. Well thought out story with terrific action set pieces. A fine example of Swedish filmmaking in the 1970s. Its about an investigation into the murder of a high ranking Policeman who is found out was corrupt and sadistic. The murder sequence at the beginning is brutal and gory. Done with good scenes of Police procedural by Bo Widerberg.

Mannen Pa Taket/The Man on the Roof(1976) has something which many high Hollywood films of today do not have and that is brains. Carl Gustaf Lindstedt gives a fine performance as DT. Martin Beck. The climax is nail biting and realistic. The last act of Mannen Pa Taket(1976) also has its share of humor. The scenes involving a sniper in the final act might have influenced a similar scene in the opening moments of God Told Me To(1977). The Man on the Roof(1976) is a neglected action classic that should find its way on DVD someday.


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