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This is a reasonably faithful adaption of the famous book, but by americanizing the themes and locations it ends being an utter failure at bringing the Swedish novel (by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö) to the screen. It is painful to watch after enjoying the detective Martin Beck book. Unfortunately, I do not recommend this film.
Película setentera de genero policíaco con un reparto encabezado por unos Walter Mathau y Bruce Dern en estado de gracia que sostienen sobre sus hombros el peso de la cinta. El argumento parte de una premisa bastante interesante (un perturbado sube a un autobús y ametralla a todos los presentes) y se desinfla según pasan los minutos desaprovechando lo que podía haber sido una muy buena película dejándolo en un divertimento sin trascendencia pero agradable. Para fans del genero o de los protagonistas. La calidad del DVD correcta y el formato 1:85:1
Walter Matthau plays a prickly, older, veteran detective who has to solve a most incomprehensible mass murder on a bus. There is nothing funny here at all. But it is an interesting vignette of 1960's/1970's San Francisco. Worth a look.
Once described this as 'long forgotten'....now, having seen it, I understand why it has been forgotten...it's quite forgettable! It's not a bad cop film, but to describe it as a thriller would be overstating the case...there are few thrills in this movie. It gets off to a promising start with a machine gun slaughter on bus, but then most of the film is a fairly plodding examination of the investigation. It's almost certainly more realistic than DIRTY HARRY ( and this at times resembles DH...scenes in the police precinct rooms look exactly the same) but nowhere near as exciting or even interesting. As we don't discover the killer's identity until near the end, the film lacks an onscreen 'villain' which removes any tension or menace. Dern is good (more Popeye Doyle than Harry Callahan) but Matthau looks bored throughout, chewing gum (Matthau chews gum alot in PELHAM and VARRICK, but here he is on gum chew overdrive!) and looking like he's wishing he was somewhere else. We get the obligatory 70's car chase at the end (and where would a 70's cop film - especially one set in SF- be without a shot of a car coming over a hill getting all four wheels off the ground??!!) and we could have done with a little more of that sort of action through the film.Another thing... It might have been the bottle of wine consumed whilst watching, but I'll have to watch it again to figure out what the hell it was all about (!!!) It's a dialogue heavy movie, so careful listening is required!! So...not a bad addition to the 70's cop genre, but not up there with DIRTY HARRY, MAGNUM FORCE, BULLITT or FRENCH CONNECTION. No wonder it's taken me 40 odd years to get around to watching it!!!
The plot's not great and it's not as memorable as some (takes itself way too seriously for a story that should in every right take place during the 1940s). But it does have some pretty good parts and is worth a watch