The Man from Majorca

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Man from Majorca
Mannen fran Mallorca 1984.jpg
Theatrical poster
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
Starring Sven Wollter
Tomas von Brömssen
Music by Björn J:son Lindh
Edited by Bo Widerberg
Production
companies
Distributed by SF Studios, Europafilm, Swedish Film Institute
Release date
  • October 12, 1984 (1984-10-12) (Sweden)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Budget 500 000 SEK
Box office 15 million SEK

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 plot follows the policemen Bo Jarnebring and Lars Martin Johansson, which are the first polices 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.

Widerberg took inspiration from the 1971 American film The French Connection, and The Man from Majorca share similarities with his previous thriller film: The Man on the Roof (1976).

Sven Wollter won the award for Best Actor at the 20th Guldbagge Awards.[1]

Plot[edit]

A robber calmly holds up a post-office in Stockholm at Saint Lucy's Day December 13. 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.

Cast[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mannen från Mallorca (1984)". Swedish Film Institute. 9 March 2014. 

Notes[edit]

  • Stardust Allt om Film Magazine #2 2007, article "Sveriges bästa snutar" pp 72–73, It is media Svenska AB, Stockholm

External links[edit]