Director: Don Siegel Cast: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens


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It's a seemingly peaceful spring morning in New York City -- graduation day at the Police Academy -- and Police Commissioner Anthony X. Russell (Henry Fonda) is looking forward to giving a speech to the new officers. But all isn't well: Russell's been given apparently incontrovertible evidence that his oldest friend, Chief Inspector Charles Kane (James Whitmore), is shaking down a bar owner, and a black minister (Raymond St. Jacques) is claiming that his son was brutalized when he was picked up for questioning in a rape/assault case. Then Russell gets a call informing him that two first-grade detectives, Daniel Madigan (Richard Widmark) and Rocco Bonaro (Harry Guardino), allowed small-time hood Barney Benesch (Steve Ihnat) to get the drop on them, steal their guns, and escape while they were trying to pick him up for questioning at the request of Brooklyn detectives -- and Benesch is now a suspect in that earlier murder in Brooklyn. Madigan has other problems, including the fact that the commissioner -- his ex-captain -- doesn't trust him, always believing him to be a loose cannon who has taken advantage of the badge in accepting favors and cutting corners where peoples' rights were concerned. Madigan also has a beautiful, upwardly mobile wife (Inger Stevens) who loves him but can't abide all the time his job takes him away from her or crimps her socializing; and he has never fully gotten over Jonesy (Sheree North), a saloon singer he knew before he was married. Madigan and Bonaro are given 72 hours to bring in Benesch and begin beating the bushes for leads. They get help from "Midget" Castiglione (Michael Dunn), a bookmaker and an old enemy of Benesch's, and a nervous, long-haired punk named Hughie (Don Stroud). While the clock ticks away on Madigan's and Bonaro's careers, the commissioner must decide how to deal with Kane, whose father -- also a police officer -- was like his own, and he must also fathom how a four-star chief could be involved with anything as tawdry as pressuring a tavern owner. Russell genuinely believes that there must be "one standard, one rule" for any member of the department, but in the course of this one weekend, he finds this notion shattered by what he discovers about Madigan, King, and himself. Meanwhile, Benesch is still on the loose, acting like a complete psycho and a threat to anyone who crosses his path. Russell's and Madigan's paths finally cross personally, as the detective proves -- and the commissioner discovers -- just how good a cop he is.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2019
UPC: 0738329230968
Original Release: 1968
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 13,758

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson; TV spots; Theatrical trailer; 1920x1080p

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Detective Daniel Madigan
Henry Fonda Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
Inger Stevens Julia Madigan
Harry Guardino Det. Rocco Bonaro
James Whitmore Chief Inspector Charles Kane
Susan Clark Tricia Bentley
Michael Dunn Midget Castiglione
Steve Ihnat Barney Benesch
Don Stroud Hughie
Sheree North Jonesy
Lloyd Haynes Patrolman Sam Woodley
Bob Biheller Actor
Warren Stevens Capt. Ben Williams
Raymond St. Jacques Dr. Taylor
Bert Freed Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch
Harry Bellaver Mickey Dunn
Frank Martin Lieutenant James Price
Woodrow Parfrey Marvin
Dallas Mitchell Detective Tom Gavin
Richard O'Brien Det. O'Brien
Lloyd Gough Assistant Chief Inspector Earl Griffin
Rita Lynn Rita Bonaro
Gloria Calomee Policewoman Doris Hawkins
Ray Montgomery Detective O'Mara
Robert Ball Prisoner
Albert Henderson Lieutenant Strong
Henry Beckman Patrolman Philip Downes
Abel Fernandez Detective Rodriguez
Virginia Gregg Esther Newman
Paul Sorenson Man
Ollie O'Toole Man
Al Dunlap Man
Pepe Hern Man
Scott Hale Man
Bob O'Connell Man
Conrad Bain Hotel Clerk
Ed Crowley Man at Precinct
Tom Rosqui Man
Diane Sayer Doreen
Philippa Bevans Mrs. Hewitt
Nina Varela Woman
Kate Harrington Woman
Al Ruban Kowalski
Lincoln Kilpatrick Patrolman Grimes
Seth Allen Subway Dispatcher
Ralph Smiley Captain
William Bramley O'Brien
John McLiam Dunne

Technical Credits
Don Siegel Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director,Production Designer
John P. Austin Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Joe Cavalier Asst. Director
Don Costa Score Composer
Harry Kleiner Screenwriter
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Abraham Polonsky Screenwriter
Howard Rodman Screenwriter
Frank P. Rosenberg Producer
Milton Shifman Editor
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
George C. Webb Production Designer,Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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Madigan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Richard Daugherty's 1950's novel, THE COMMISSIONER, was one of the first true to life fictions depicting the troubled lives of city cops. Donald Siegel does the book justice with one of the best films of 1968. Siegel gets solid performances from Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Harry Guardino and James Whitmore. The late Steve Ihnat provided the imputus for atleast a dozen new era movie psychos with his few scenes. Outstanding photography and NYC locales. A timeless winner.