The Laughing Policeman

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Year Released: 1973
Rating: 2.0

Two San Francisco cops (Walter Matthau and Bruce Dern) investigate the massacre of several people riding a city bus in this routine policier. There's nothing glaringly wrong with it, exactly - well, aside from the too-pat conclusion - but it strikes me of ordinariness and lacking in the flashier - or at least more distinctive - aspects of similar pictures. Even Matthau and Dern appear resigned to pull off their standard roles: Matthau as dour and world-weary, Dern as cocky and rambling.