Richard Widmark reprises his big screen role of Detective Dan Madigan in this single-season entry from "The NBC Mystery Movie." A tough, dogged cop, Madigan chases down crooks in his native... See full summary »
Fed up with the inhumane prison living conditions, a general prison riot breaks out, leading to hostage-taking, a stand-off with the guards and eventual negotiations with the prison administration officials.
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
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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 »
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 »
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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