The Laughing Policeman

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It's tough beat for San Francisco police lieutenant Jake Martin (Walter Matthau) when he has to investigate a city bus massacre in which a madman opened machine gunfire on eight people.

  1. Per Wahlöö


  2. Tom Rickman


  3. Stuart Rosenberg


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  1. Walter Matthau

    Walter Matthau

    Sgt. Jake Martin SFPD

  2. Bruce Dern

    Bruce Dern

    Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD

  3. Louis Gossett, Jr.

    Louis Gossett, Jr.

    Insp. James Larrimore SFPD

  4. Albert Paulsen

    Albert Paulsen

    Henry Camerero

  5. Anthony Zerbe

    Anthony Zerbe

    Lt. Nat Steiner SFPD

  6. Val Avery

    Val Avery

    Insp. John Pappas SFPD

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 52m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • December 20, 1973



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

From the early-70's zenith of crime and police-centered films, 'The Laughing Policeman' deserves credit, respect and recognition as a fine, gritty, accurate work that shows the way real officers interact and go through their work-days and solve crimes. Walter Matthau, mostly known for his astute comedic touch, is excellent, as is Bruce Dern, who's promoted to an uneasy partnership with Matthau, when the latter's partner, who was on vacation yet took an unsolved case home with him, is at the wrong place at the wrong time, part of a brutal mass murder on board a bus. The well-directed script show... read the rest.

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