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Beyond the Law (1968)

A night in a Manhattan police station.


Norman Mailer


Norman Mailer


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rip Torn ... Popcorn
George Plimpton ... Mayor
Norman Mailer ... Lt. Francis Xavier Pope
Mickey Knox ... Mickey Berk
Buzz Farber Buzz Farber ... Rocco Gibraltar
Beverly Bentley ... Mary Pope
Mary Lynn Mary Lynn ... Ilse Fuchs
Marsha Mason ... Marcia Stillwell (as Marcia Mason)
John Maloon John Maloon ... John Francis
Mary Wilson Price Mary Wilson Price ... Judy Grundy
Peter Rosoff Peter Rosoff ... Subway Arrestee
Noel E. Parmentel Jr. Noel E. Parmentel Jr. ... Assistant District Attorney
Edward Bonetti Edward Bonetti ... Wife Killer
Jack Richardson Jack Richardson ... Jack Scott
Michael McClure Michael McClure ... Grahr


A night in a Manhattan police station.

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Release Date:

19 March 1970 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Law - Blue See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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I Second the Vote on the Bad Sound
7 June 2016 | by Johann_CatSee all my reviews

While I am sympathetic to this project, and the actors appear to be doing interesting things, this sounds like it was recorded on a < $100 small tape machine with a cheap microphone located (and its location was the most crucial variable), for inexplicable reasons, in the back of the room. It boggles my mind how Mailer can be so savvy and perfectionistic about some things (he was a trained engineer, and discoursed easily in technical matters--see his book on Apollo 11) could oversee such horrible sound. If I listen with headphones and jack the treble up, I still can only occasionally understand the dialogue in this strange film. Maybe it is "supposed" exist in some borderland of intelligibility.

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