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 the first to the crime scene, pursue all leads and identify a suspect, an arrogant member of the elite secret police, a man assigned to guard the country's Minister of Justice. Just as the beat cops think they've tightened the noose around the suspect, loose ends appear, witnesses lose their certainty, alibis crop up, and even the cops doubt what they've seen. Who's protecting the suspect and why?
Did You Know?
The title of the book that the film is based on is "Grisfesten" (The Pig Feast), but director Bo Widerberg
changed the title to avoid confusion with Sällskapsresan eller Finns det svenskt kaffe på grisfesten
(1980), a very light-hearted comedy which subtitle translates to "Will there be any Swedish coffee at the pig feast". Also, seeing as this was Widerberg's first proper cinematic release since the highly successful Man on the Roof
(1976), both police films, the title chosen connected to the former, both starting with "Mannen" (The Man). See more
When the inspectors respond to the alert about the robbery, they fail to identify themselves by unit number, which is compulsory. (Later in the film, we learn that their unit number is 1648.) See more
Kjell Göran Hedberg
We didn't see you guys, and we are damned grateful about it.
No of course not, damn it, we are detectives. Watch but don't be watched, that is the motto of the detective squad.
There are no end credits for this film. All credits are shown at the beginning, and at the end, the film simply fades to black. See more
Referenced in Zingo
Santa Lucia/Ute är mörkt och kallt
Written by Teodoro Cottrau
Swedish lyrics by unknown
[Sung by the children that visit the post office] See more