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Beyond the Law (1968)

A night in a Manhattan police station.

Director:

Norman Mailer

Writer:

Norman Mailer
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Cast

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
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A night in a Manhattan police station.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Norman being tough in a police station and making us strain to understand what his characters are saying.
18 October 2006 | by stoney-10See all my reviews

A vanity project of the most arrogant sort. Andy Warhol's EMPIRE would be far better to watch. The problem is the sound, not the poor camera-work. I can take shadows, bodies in front of speakers, off-kilter framing, but I can't accept a novelist-director allowing the dialog to be completely muddy, drowned out, and unintelligible. A boom mike expertly handled would have allowed us to hear many of the words. Our ears don't muddy sound that badly in a crowded police station. But Mailer never gave us a chance to hear any more than 5% of the dialog. I detest the word "pretentious," but that's the only way to describe this auditory nightmare. Certainly an oddity to be experienced but only for five minutes. Read his wonderful prose works instead of trying to understand what he and his characters are saying in this film. He was a master of description and written dialog, but here the words are lost in the wilderness of bad technology.


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