The Man from Majorca
The Man from Majorca (Swedish: Mannen från Mallorca) is a 1984 Swedish crime thriller film directed by Bo Widerberg. It is based on the novel The Pig Party by Leif G. W. Persson. The film stars Sven Wollter and Tomas von Brömssen.
|The Man from Majorca|
|Swedish||Mannen från Mallorca|
|Directed by||Bo Widerberg|
|Produced by||Göran Lindström|
|Written by||Bo Widerberg|
|Screenplay by||Bo Widerberg|
|Based on||Pig Party|
by Leif G.W. Persson
Tomas von Brömssen
|Music by||Björn J:son Lindh|
|Edited by||Bo Widerberg|
|Distributed by||SF Studios, Europafilm, Swedish Film Institute|
|Budget||500 000 SEK|
|Box office||15 million SEK|
The plot follows the policemen Bo Jarnebring and Lars Martin Johansson, who are the first police on the scene in a post-office robbery in Stockholm. Shortly after, two persons die and it is clear that these incidents has something to do with the robbery. Meanwhile it seems that there is a cover-up going on.
The novel has big similarities with the Geijer affair (a rumor that the Swedish minister of justice had been with prostitutes, that the Swedish police had knowledge of it and had informed the prime minister). Leif G.W. Persson lost his job at the police because talking to a journalist about his knowledge about the Geijer case, but denied in the preface of the book (Grisfesten) which he wrote soon after, that it had any connections to the affair.
A robber calmly holds up a post-office in Stockholm at Saint Lucy's Day 13 December. The policemen Johansson and Jarnebring are the first on the scene and they chase the robber, who escapes. Shortly after, someone dies in a car accident and a dead body is found at a graveyard. After a while it is clear that these incidents has something to do with the robbery, and when the policemen are investigating further, they are beginning to reveal a bigger scandal. Meanwhile it seems that there is a cover-up going on.
- Sven Wollter as Bo Jarnebring: Inspector on the investigation department
- Tomas von Brömssen as Lars Martin "Johan" Johansson: Jarnebring's colleague
- Håkan Serner as Andersson: Inspector
- Ernst Günther as M. Dahlgren: Inspector and chef
- Thomas Hellberg as Berg: Bureau chief
- Ingvar Hirdwall as Fors
- Niels Jensen as Roger "Rogge" Jansson: High school student, previously small criminal
- Tommy Johnson as Rundberg: Inspector
- Rico Rönnbäck as Kjell Göran Hedberg: Working at the Swedish Security Service
- Hans Villius as The Minister for Justice
- Sten Lonnert as Erik Harald Olsson: Alcoholic
- Nina Gunke as Eva Zetterberg: Prostitute
- Margreth Weivers as Alva Wiström: Witness on Skogskyrkogården
- Gun Karlsson as Fru Forsberg: Witness to the post office robbery
- Marie Delleskog as Janna: Jansson's sister
- Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt was originally chosen for the role of Dahlgren but was replaced by Ernst Günther due to illness just after three days of shooting.
- Some scenes were filmed without permission from the Stockholm police, like the scenes in the subway, because Widerberg was too impatient to wait for the permit. There had been some disputes with the police regarding the helicopter crash scene in his previous thriller The Man on the Roof at Odenplan (also seen in this movie) and for that the film team had to borrow cars from the Solna police instead.
- The movie was shot mainly on Mondays due to the schedules of the two leads who were both appearing in theatre at the time: Sven Wollter in Gävle and Tomas von Brömssen in Gothenburg. Mondays were the only days that both were free.
- Bo Widerberg wanted more realistic, risky, scenes for the car chase scene at Klarastrandsleden and filmed some additional scenes with the actors driving against real traffic.
- There are similarities between The Man from Majorca and Widerberg's first thriller The Man on the Roof (actors, extras, clothes), but also similarities with the 1971 thriller The French Connection (two cops' police work, Christmas setting, quarrel between departments, car chase, unsettling ending), which also was an inspiration for this movie.
- Stardust Allt om Film Magazine #2 2007, article "Sveriges bästa snutar" pp 72–73, It is media Svenska AB, Stockholm