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While investigating a high-profile murder case, a savvy but unorthodox veteran police inspector has to cope with a bad conscience, bad health, an overzealous partner, a timid superior and interference from political interests. This is an existential whodunit, but a good one, and like any good whodunit, ends with a very surprising conclusion, which will be spoiled for you if you read much of anything at all about the movie. Written by
Robert Shaw claimed that he never received his $50,000 salary. See more »
Another year, your doctor says. That is, if he can operate on Thursday.
Your last year, Hans. Why waste it on me?
One day I'm going to convict you for your crimes.
You can't let go of it, can you? You let it chew up your guts until it has chewed up your guts.
The Barlach's always had poor stomachs.
Keep on churning, Old Man; keep on churning. Still hung up on right and wrong. One day you're going to realise, there is none.
Have you ever seen your victims? I could show you pictures...
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Well as others have commented there is some great acting here. My favorite is Robert Shaw as the villain, but Martin Ritt as the inspector is also quite good.
The problem is that the plot mostly makes absolutely no sense (I can't believe they didn't somehow change what was in the book), and the denouement is more or less unfathomable. It's almost like they had a great setup and didn't know how to explain things or end them.
As others mentioned, the film is enveloped in fog and is quite grainy. Switzerland was never that foggy when I was there! And the music didn't really match the action on the film.
All in all, from what I can tell, skip this and try the book.
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