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The Laughing Policeman (1973) - he never laughed once in the movie

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I'd like this movie to come on TCM some time in the future. It's a Fox film. I seen it on last week in the early morning hours. It's a good movie , but not Matthau's best. Bruce Dern's character shines more than Matthau's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The movie is about a dead cop who was among the vicitms of a bus shooting in san francisco. Matthau and Dern try to find out why the cop was on the bus and who did the shooting.

 

 

 

After watching this movie , I felt a little cheated. I expected more out of it. I don't know. Maybe I was expecting something like "The Seven Ups" , which came out two years later with the 'Jaws' guy in it.

 

Edited by: classiccinemafan on Jul 29, 2013 5:37 PM

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one thing that bothers me about this movie. What was the killer's motive ? does he just kill for the heck of it. No motive was revealed. Some things I just don't understand about this movie.

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Uh-huh...and thus the very reason Steven Bochco's "Cop Rock" bombed with television audiences back in the early '90s!

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Aha! Looking for --and found --this thread for this film.

I would insist that its a very interesting flick, despite its flaws. I don't dismiss it from Matthau's great string of 1970s performances.

I'd like to see more discussion about it in general. Gritty and realistic. Norwegian authored source novel --and Swedish crime thrillers now rule the market as you probably know.

Louis Gossett Jr is in this one; and Joanna Cassidy too. Of course, it might only be some percentage of Joanna Cassidy and Louis Gossett Jr, (depending on your subjective determination based on how many ne-noirs they starred in total)

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On 7/29/2013 at 5:37 PM, classiccinemafan said:

I'd like this movie to come on TCM some time in the future. It's a Fox film. I seen it on last week in the early morning hours. It's a good movie , but not Matthau's best. Bruce Dern's character shines more than Matthau's.

I own that one on DVD. Good movie.

I really enjoy Matthau's work - particularly in the 1970's.

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The book by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, was way better, took place in Malmö, Sweden, which was part of it's charm.  

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There's a really important take-away from this film --despite any other of its merits or faults--which is very useful in real-life. After watching it, you realize you should never take a seat anywhere in a bus or train other than a rear seat in the last row. I abide by this all the time.

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18 hours ago, hamradio said:

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The best comedians [and comedic policemen] don't laugh at their own jokes or arrest warrants. Ask Kojak...
 

By the way, is Dargo2 a siamese twin of the other one here?

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Yes, the original book was definitely better. The Swedish setting was far more interesting than that of San Francisco in the movie. Let's say that something was "lost in translation". 

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