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Madigan (1968)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 March 1968 (USA)
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In New York City's Spanish Harlem, detectives Madigan and Bonaro are given 72 hours by their superior to capture a hoodlum wanted for homicide in Brooklyn.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Howard Rodman (screenplay) (as Henri Simoun), Abraham Polonsky (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... Det. Daniel Madigan
Henry Fonda ... Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
Inger Stevens ... Julia Madigan
Harry Guardino ... Det. Rocco Bonaro
James Whitmore ... Chief Insp. Charles Kane
Susan Clark ... Tricia Bentley
Michael Dunn ... Midget Castiglione
Steve Ihnat ... Barney Benesch
Don Stroud ... Hughie
Sheree North ... Jonesy
Warren Stevens ... Capt. Ben Williams
Raymond St. Jacques ... Dr. Taylor
Bert Freed ... Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch
Harry Bellaver ... Mickey Dunn
Frank Marth ... Lt. James Price
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Storyline

Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes about his duties, including attending functions, meeting with aggrieved relatives, and counseling the spouses of fallen officers. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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A Tense Police Drama... The Story of "Madigan"--Hard Working Cop! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madigan: Lisbon Beat See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Blue Bloods (2010), Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) has a portrait of Theodore Roosevelt, who at one time was New York City Police Commissioner, hanging in his office. In Madigan (1968), Police Commissioner Anthony Russell (Henry Fonda) also had a portrait of Theodore Roosevelt hanging in his office. See more »

Goofs

When Madigan is interrogating Hughy in the theatre Don Stroud's long strangely hair combed across his forehead changes with the different angle shots, the wispy dangler comes and goes and then his bangs are suddenly well combed at the end of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Commissioner Anthony X. Russell: [after Kane drops his shield on Russell's desk] What am I supposed to do with that?
Chief Insp. Charles Kane: Commissioner, I thought you'd never ask.
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A precursor to "Dirty Harry"
30 March 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

A decent exploration of the maverick detective theme that Siegal would examine more successfully in "Dirty Harry." Richard Widmark is terrific in the title role, and the cinematography, along with some of the dialogue, is top notch. The film runs into problems, however, with the subplot involving police commissioner Henry Fonda, as well as Madigan's difficulties on the homefront with wife Inger Stevens. Had the emphasis remained on the manhunt conducted by Madigan and his partner (Harry Guardino), it could have been a classic. Instead, too much time is devoted to talk, and as any Siegal enthusiast knows, action is what he did best. The later TV series, again starring Widmark, is superior.


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