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Madigan Movie Review Summary

Actors: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens, Harry Guardino, James Whitmore, Don Stroud, Susan Clark

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Cowritten by Abraham Polonsky, MADIGAN is a movie directed by Don Siegel in 1968.
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There are two main plots in this rather depressing movie. The first one involves the efforts of detective Madigan to catch the criminal Benesch who's managed to steal Madigan's gun during his failed arrest. Madigan is given 72 hours by the Police Commissioner Henry Fonda to find his gun and Benesch back. The second plot describes a few hours of Fonda's activity in his job. He will have to choose between friensdhip and ethics when he learns that his old friend James Whitmore, the chief inspector, may have protected an illegal activity. He will also have to listen to the reverend Taylor's complaints about the violent arrest of his son by the police forces.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   police corruption    -   criminals on the run Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   lawmen

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts Is this movie based on a    -   book

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