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 ...
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In Stockholm, on St. Lucy's feast day, a bandit daringly robs a crowded post office. Within a fortnight, two witnesses are dead. Two cops from vice squad, Johansson and Jarnebring, who were... See full summary »
Tomas von Brömssen,
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Tomas von Brömssen
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
The opening scene, when the killer cleans his knife and leaves his home, was not part of the original script, and was shot after the principal shooting had ended. Ingvar Hirdwall has admitted that he did not play the killer in this scene, but will not reveal who really did it. See more »
The Police bus that has the front window shot out and then crashes has the same registration number as the bus used to transport the lead characters out of the crowded city square later in the movie. See more »
This was the first attempt to mix social comment and action in a Swedish movie. Bo Widerberg had previously tried, successfully, the social comment. This time he tried action for the first time. And without a doubt he succeeded.
It's about police brutality and a victims attempt to seek revenge. The only trouble is that he doesn't think it's enough to kill the police who was the cause of his anger, but he tries to kill every policeman that comes in sight.
It shows the routines in police-work, as well as fabulous action sequences. The camera-work is brilliant. Notice the sequence when the camera moves backwards with enormous speed in front of the policemen running down the stairs at the subway-station. Steady-cam wasn't invented yet.
Brilliant acting galore. Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt playing the Martin Beck part, was really a comedian, not a serious actor. He did a great job, especially in the balcony scene, which was a very painful experience for him.
If you don't like looking at blood, close your eyes when the curtain opens in the first scene of the film.
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