Beyond the Law (1967) - Rotten Tomatoes

Beyond the Law (1967)




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Movie Info

A New York City police-department precinct house serves as the setting for a story of political corruption, illicit gambling, and other less-than-legal activities. This self-conscious drama, overseen by author Norman Mailer, features a largely improvised storyline.


Rip Torn
as Popcorn
Norman Mailer
as Lt. Francis Xavier Pope
Mickey Knox
as Mickey Berk
Beverly Bentley
as Mary Pope
Mary Wilson Price
as Judy Grundy
Noel Parmental
as Asst. District Attorney
Jack Richardson
as Jack Scott
Harold Conrad
as Perry Fuchs
Edward Bonnetti
as Wife Killer
Peter Rosoff
as Subway Arrestee
John Maloon
as John Francis
Buzz Farbar
as Rocco Gibraltar
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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Law

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

[Beyond the Law] is a pretty inept movie. But it is funny at times, and interesting if only because Mailer reveals so much of his glorious ego.

March 17, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, Mailer's brand of minimal movie-making remains more interesting to talk around than to talk about. It is not for me to tell him what to do with his time and money, but I can't help wishing aloud that would stop making movies.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The encounters are so vivid and violent and -- occasionally -- moving that unless you're member of the Mailer Mob, which I'm not, it's impossible to tell the "real" actors from the "false."

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Mailer's Beyond the Law has a zillion little irritations, but it has authentic scurrility and funk before it goes sour with Mailer's Irish brogue monologue.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Without thinking it to be in any way a masterpiece, I find Mailer's movie pretty sharp, a probing into the role of the police in contemporary society.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite being improvised, it feels scripted and the actors act as though there was a method to their work, rather than "The Method."

March 17, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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