THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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The great Walter Matthau, known more for his comedic work in films like The Odd Couple and The Fortune Cookie (Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner), could also hold his own in the occasional drama. Case in point is #69, The Laughing Policeman (1973). This may be the grimmest film he ever did in his long career, as there isn’t even room for the occasional comic relief. He’s perfect. The film begins with an anonymous man boarding a San Francisco city bus late at night. He q...uietly assembles a rapid-fire gun and massacres the entire bus. There are no witnesses. Matthau is one of those investigating who discovers that his partner is one of the dead. But he was off-duty – what was he doing on that bus? And why was everyone who happened to be on that bus exterminated? Matthau is excellent as the cop who lets this – and another case that may be connected – eat away at him. His sorry homelife is painful to watch. Great support from Bruce Dern as Matthau’s new partner (who doesn’t get Matthau), Louis Gossett Jr and Anthony Zerbe. Music is at a minimum here, which keeps the mood somber and methodical. If you happen upon this, good sample of a typically solid 70s police film.

TLA one-word review: gritty

THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN (1973)