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Madigan(1968)

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  • madigan

    • kevin sellers
    • 3/25/18

    Good solid police/crime drama from a master of the genre, Don Siegel, that is not as tightly paced as I recall from the last time I saw it, some forty odd years ago. Whenever we are with Richard Widmark's title character on the violent streets of late 60s NYC, interacting with various psychos, weirdos, and losers (all of whom are well played by great character actors of that period like Steve Ihnat, Don Stroud, Michael Dunn, and Harry Bellaver) the film is heart poundingly alive, combining great action sequences (like that final shootout) with deft characterization. And Widmark's central performance is one of his best, combining elements of his studies in moral corruption and violence, like "Night And The City", with his explorations of ambiguous heroism like "Pickup On South Street". However, the sequences with Henry Fonda's moralistic police commissioner are not as compelling, especially the rather wooden scenes with his mistress who is played by one of my least favorite actresses of the 60s/70s, Susan Clark. Indeed I could have done with a lot less of both characters' marital and girlfriend woes, which tend to get in the way of the hard charging cop narrative, and un-necessarily slow it down. I also was not a big fan of Don Costa's score that resembles a "Rockford Files" episode on a slow day. So let's give this one an A minus and place it just below "Body Snatchers" and "Riot In Cell Block 11" and just above "Dirty Harry"in the Siegel canon.

  • Widmark and Fonda click in taut police drama

    • Jack Jacoby
    • 11/23/10

    Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda co- starred in five films.Madigan is the third and it's a good one, with Widmark asthe hard boiled detective and Fonda as the stoic, by the rules,Police commissioner. The story shifts back and forth between thetwo leads to include the human drama of their personal livesas sub text to the main police chase story. Fonda is, as usual,excellent in a dignified understated performance, strikinglyrealistic. Widmark is intense and driven in contrast, and it works.The supporting cast is awesome and includes Inger Stevens,James Whitmore, Harry Guardino, Michael Dunn, and Don Stroud.Wonderful police drama made excellent by the Widmark/Fondachemistry. Very entertaining!

  • Madigan (1968)

    • Jay Higgins
    • 4/5/09

    Solid police thriller, great cast all around. Professionally made. It incorporates the personal drama's in the film well with the rest of the story.

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