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The Laughing Policeman Movie Review Summary

Actors: Walter Matthau, Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett Jr.

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Jake Martin is a man of few words but nontheless love his job as a policeman and his family just the same. One early morning during his regular work duty, Martin is informed of a tragic accident which five people were killed execution style on a bus. The victims was a young woman, a elderly man, a teenage boy, the bus driver and one of Martin's own partners.
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Martin is called on to investigate the murder scene, which he shockingly finds out about the death of his own partner. Looking for clues of what could possibly trigger the killer motives and who the killer might be, Martin is set up to work with a new partner Leo Larsen. Larsen is ready alongside Martin to find the killer.

Martin and Larsen gather up information on possible leads, prositutes, pimps, bikers, jail guards; people with connections involving the crime and they'd also research on Martin's old partner that he'd never knew before. This research reminds him of a case he once told his partner about two years back, that may struck his interest and could have gotten involved into that led to his death. Also the victims who rode the bus early that morning may been involved in a setup too, which make the case for both Martin and Larsen much more interesting.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes City:    -   San Francisco

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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