The Laughing Policeman

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As police clinically and methodically follow up a multiple killing on a San Francisco bus, this adaptation of the Sjöwall/Wahlöö novel looks as if it's setting the record straight on recent cop films. But in its desire to make no concessions to Dirty Harry and its ilk, it destroys any potential interest with almost wilful perversity. Matthau's disgruntled cop, alienated from family and superiors, emerges as a tedious protagonist, relating to nothing, continually bored and boring. The plot hops around in an unengaging manner, while the excursions into the underworld (pimps, dopers, transvestites, Angels, etc) are patchily directed. Ironically, by the end, complete with car chase and split-second shooting, the film has become indistinguishable from all those movies it's trying so hard to disown.

Release details

Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Screenwriter: Thomas Rickman
Cast: Walter Matthau
Bruce Dern
Lou Gossett
Albert Paulsen
Anthony Zerbe
Val Avery
Clifton James

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sakara

.wtf is this way too confusing movie even about...? it's confusing and simplistic at same time! no wonder movie goers looked forward to dumb blockbusters.

sakara

.wtf is this way too confusing movie even about...? it's confusing and simplistic at same time! no wonder movie goers looked forward to dumb blockbusters.