• United States
  • 1968
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

Mailer’s belief that we’re all capable of being either police or criminals was the impetus for his second feature, which takes place over the course of one feverish night in a Manhattan police precinct and neighboring bar. The texture of the black-and-white stock and the intense depiction of the police lineup process lend the film a rugged, journalistic feel. In addition to Mailer, who cast himself as tough-guy Irish cop Francis Xavier Pope, Beyond the Law features Rip Torn and George Plimpton.

Cast

PopcornRip Torn
MayorGeorge Plimpton
Lieutenant Francis Xavier PopeNorman Mailer
Mickey BerkMickey Knox
Rocco GibraltarBuzz Farbar
Mary PopeBeverly Bentley
Ilse FuchsMara Lynn
Marcia StillwellMarcia Mason
Judy GrundyMary Wilson Price
Assistant DANoel Parmentel
Jack ScottJack Richardson
Perry FuchsHarold Conrad
Wife killerEdward Bonnetti
Subway arresteePeter Rosoff
John FrancisJohn Maloon

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In the 1960s, Mailer, already a literary legend, was inspired by the avant-garde film movement to take a stab at his own, anti-Warholian underground cinema. Read more »

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