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?
For the scene where Rundberg tries to question the alcoholic Olsson, Sten Lonnert
, playing the latter, deliberately kept "forgetting" his lines, in part secretly instructed to do so by the director Bo Widerberg
. This caused the shooting of the scene to drag on for hours and hours. Thus, Tommy Johnson
's (Rundberg's) frustration is genuine. 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
Sometimes the blindfold of Justitia can fall down and clog her mouth. It is called "national security".
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
Features Clown of the Jungle
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