Skip to main content

THE MAN ON THE ROOF

Sweden, 1976 (MIFF 1977)

Director: Bo Widerberg

Swedish director Bo Widerberg filmed this police thriller from a novel, 'The Abominable Man', following his film for children, Stubby An earlier film version of a Sjoewall-Wahloo novel, 'The Laughing Policeman', was made in Hollywood by Stuart Rosenberg, for The Man on the Roof, the authors of the book collaborated with Widerberg in preparing the script

The film opens on a hospital at night A former police chief, much hated by his past colleagues, is being treated in a private room A man slips in and kills him The case is assigned to Superintendent Beck of Homicide, who gradually discovers that numerous people had filed formal complaints against the victim, alleging different instances of abuse It also becomes apparent that the murderer could well be a policeman.

The Superintendent isolates one suspect and goes to call on his parents as the man himself cannot be reached During his visit, a patrolling policeman in central Stockholm is killed by a sniper The patrolman's partner, rushing to his help, is also shot As the carnage grows, Beck learns of unexpected and odd connections between the suspect and the police chief He is then faced with the problem of cornering the marksman who is continuing to shoot at police from his roof-top sanctuary Beck cordons off the area and sends in police by helicopter, but an accident causes him to change his plans.

See also...

THE MAN ON THE ROOF

A stark, slow-burning predecessor to the current wave of Swedish crime cinema. ... Inspired by William Friedkin's Oscar-winning The French Connection, The Man on the Roof adapts Maj Sjöwall and Per ... More »

JOE HILL

The film depicts his early days in Nev York, then traces his long trek to California, riding the freight trains, penniless and despised for his poverty Later, he becomes involved with the Industrial ... More »

LOVE 65

The action of the film takes place during two summers and a winter. Keve is a film director whose relationship with his wife is deteriorating, and for a while he finds peace in the arms of another's ... More »

ELVIRA MADIGAN

Based on a true story of the eighteen-nineties, which has since become legendary, this film is an elegy about a young lieutenant who leaves his wife and children for a circus star. Together, they run ... More »

RAVEN'S END

Raven's End is a glimpse of a fledgling writer's life in a working class district of Malmö in 1936. The film describes how the aspiring novelist comes to terms with his drunkard father and ... More »

Swedish Peasant Paintings

A film about the so-called "gourd" paintings which were done by the itinerant peasant artists who flourished in the Dalecarlia district of Sweden in the 18th Century. The scenes usually have a ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director