The Man on the Balcony (film)

The Man on the Balcony (Swedish: Mannen på balkongen, German: Der Mann auf dem Balkon) is a 1993 Swedish-German crime thriller film, based on the 1967 book The Man on the Balcony written by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.[1] This is the fourth film which stars Gösta Ekman as Martin Beck and Rolf Lassgård as Gunvald Larsson.

The Man on the Balcony
Directed byDaniel Alfredson
Screenplay byJonas Cornell
Daniel Alfredson
Based onThe Man on the Balcony
by Sjöwall and Wahlöö
Produced byHans Lönnerheden
StarringGösta Ekman
Kjell Bergqvist
Rolf Lassgård
Niklas Hjulström
CinematographyPeter Mokrosinski
Music byStefan Nilsson
Release date
  • 26 November 1993 (1993-11-26) (Sweden)
Running time
94 minutes

"Mannen på balkongen" has been considered as the best ever Martin Beck film starring Gösta Ekman, and Gösta Ekman became highly popular and regarded for his brilliant portrayal of Martin Beck in this picture by his fans.[2] His fine performance also attracted several new fans to his side, and "The Man on the Balcony" was one of the most successful films in Sweden in the year of 1993.[3]


A mad serial killer terrorizes Stockholm in the hot summer of 1993, by abducting, raping and strangling young schoolgirls to death in the green parks of the inner town. When the first girl is found dead in the Vanadislunden Park, Martin Beck and his team receives the case on their desk and realizes that this will become one of their most emotional investigations ever, especially for Beck's younger colleague Lennart Kollberg who himself has a little daughter. An old lady was robbed by an unknown robber in the park at the same time as the murder was committed, which means that Martin Beck must catch the robber first, as he is the only key witness.



At the 29th Guldbagge Awards the film won the award for Best Screenplay (Daniel Alfredson, Jonas Cornell).[4] It was also nominated for Best Film, Best Director (Alfredson) and Best Cinematography (Peter Mokrosinski).[4]


  1. ^ "Mannen på balkongen (1993)" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  2. ^ Mannen på balkongen: Att döda ett barn av Hamlet Film AB
  3. ^ Svensk Filmindustri 1992-1994
  4. ^ a b "Mannen på balkongen (1993)". Swedish Film Institute. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014.

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