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Madigan (1968)




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Two New York City detectives are send to capture a killer in Spanish Harlem. Detective Madigan (Richard Widmark) and his partner Bonaro (Harry Guardino) set out to pick up Barney Benesch (Steve Ihnat), who has run out on a murder indictment from Brooklyn. The duo traces Barney to a seedy hotel where the wanted man is in bed with a nude female. Distracted by the female, Barney gets the drop on the two cops, steals Madigan's service revolver and escapes. Police Commissioner Russell (Henry Fonda) is livid, and gives the cops three days to apprehend the criminal, threatening to bust them down to pounding a beat in the Bowery. Madigan has trouble at home with his wife Julia (Ingar Stevens), who despises police work and implore her husband to spend more time with her at home. The Commissioner has trouble of his own by carrying on an adulterous affair. He also discovers his best friend, Chief Inspector Kane (James Whitmore) has been taking bribes to keep mum about a house of prostitution. The hard boiled, overworked Madigan and his faithful partner follow the killer all over town and back to Spanish Harlem. By now Barney has killed two cops with Madigan's revolver, and holes up in another seedy dive for a dangerous standoff with police. Sheree North also stars as Madigan's former flame and croons the tune "You Don't Know What Love Is".


Henry Fonda
as Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
Richard Widmark
as Det. Daniel Madigan
Harry Guardino
as Det. Rocco Bonaro
Inger Stevens
as Julia Madigan
Steve Ihnat
as Benesch
Don Stroud
as Hughie
Warren Stevens
as Capt. Ben Williams
Bert Freed
as Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch
Harry Bellaver
as Mickey Dunn
Frank Marth
as Lt. James Price
Lloyd Gough
as Assistant Chief Inspector Earl Griffin
Frank Martin
as Lieutenant James Price
Virginia Gregg
as Esther Newman
Henry Beckman
as Patrolman Philip Downes
Dallas Mitchell
as Detective Tom Gavin
Lloyd Haynes
as Patrolman Sam Woodley
Ray Montgomery
as Detective O'Mara
Seth Allen
as Subway Dispatcher
Kay Turner
as Stella
Rita Lynn
as Rita Bonaro
Conrad Bain
as Hotel Clerk
Ed Crowley
as Man at Precinct
Scott Hale
as Ambulance Driver
Philippa Bevans
as Mrs. Hewitt
Gloria Calomee
as Policewoman Doris Hawkins
Albert Henderson
as Lt. Strong
Abel Fernandez
as Detective Rodriguez
Robert Ball
as Prisoner
Al Ruban
as Kowalski
Lincoln Kilpatrick
as Patrolman Grimes
Ralph Smiley
as Captain
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Critic Reviews for Madigan

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Siegel aims for a documentary style with Widmark as Madigan, but the film and its provocative politics are steeped in the essence of the swinging 60s and falter considerably in its achievements when compared to other period films.

August 11, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Gritty and low-key.

November 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The real juice of the films is their ranginess, that they give you a lot, the zest for what a city contains, and the flatness. These movies work partly because they are exploiting the fairly unplumbed field of pessimistic observing rather than action.

June 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Don Siegel's proficient acioner launches a whole cycle of urban movies about cops (the good and the bad), including Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry.

April 1, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A pleasing but disjointed film noir.

January 12, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Attempt for realistic cop story works half the time.

October 25, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Madigan

Great cast, middling script. Widmark is tough but hints at a vunerablity under that facade. Henry Fonda sort of walks through his role but it doesn't really ask much of him. Good period feeling which at the time may have been incidental but now gives you a sense of it's time. Inger looks amazing with some gravity defying hair but she's unfortuantely wasted in the wife role.

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