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Spoofs by John Huston & Norman Mailer

Friday, August 31, 1979
8:50 p.m. Beyond the Law
Norman Mailer (USA,1968)

This is by far the best and most entertaining of Norman Mailer’s three films. Mailer is quite marvelous in the main role as Francis X. Pope, a police Vice Squad Lieutenant. The New York Times wrote: “It’s a series of terrifying and funny confrontations with wife-murderers, gamblers, perverts, prostitutes, pimps and innocents, played by a rare assortment of professionals, including Rip Torn and Beverly Bentley, and amateurs like George Plimpton and Michael McClure.”

• Directed and Written by Norman Mailer. Photographed by D.A. Pennebaker. With Norman Mailer, Rip Torn, Beverly Bentley, George Plimpton, Michael McClure. (1968, 93 mins, Print from Audio Brandon)