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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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Box Office

Budget:

SEK 3,900,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Kollberg's baby boy is played by Bo Widerberg's son Johan Widerberg, who later became a professional actor. He utters his first line ever in this movie, the word 'ball'. See more »

Goofs

Despite showing the police van being shot at, its front window is obviously crashed from inside out. See more »

Quotes

Malm: [a police helicopter has been shot down by the man on the roof] He shot down the helicopter.
Gunvald Larsson: So that's your conclusion?
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Connections

Featured in Stjärnbilder (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Fjällbruden
Composed by Arthur Hedström
Lyrics by Fritz Gustaf Sundelöf and Oleg Quist (Helge Roundquist)
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Masterpiece!
19 September 1999 | by Renaldo MatlinSee all my reviews

Intense and extremely good police-thriller. Bo Widerberg is earlier responsible for beautiful romantic movies as well as gritty social drama, and suddenly he hits us *slam* right in the face with this movie. "The Man on the Roof" can only be described as the *best* action-thriller ever to come out of Scandinavia. I fear Ingmar Bergman has met his match! The film starts out as a meticulous, detailed account into the investigation of a brutal murder. The search for the killer is lead by homicide detective Martin Beck (surprisingly effectively portrayed by veteran comic actor Lindstedt) and his team in the Stockholm police. Then suddenly barely halfway through, the picture changes pace as it turns into a gripping action movie -and a convincing one at that. Helicopters, machineguns, you name it - and all in the downtown area of Stockholm! I wouldn't believe it had I not seen it for myself. "The Man on the Roof" is definitely as good as expected, and then some.


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