Murder in the Dark (1986)

Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Denmark   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

This detective story models its hero and complex plot on the private eyes made famous in the early 1930s by authors Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler: Sam Spade of The Maltese Falcon and Philip Marlowe. "The Reporter" (Michael Falch) is also tall, tough womanizer, and a loner with his own personal crusade to clean up a red light district in Copenhagen. After a part-time jazz pianist is murdered, the Reporter has evidence against the culprit in the form of a tape the murderer made with the pianist. Life gets complicated because the police are soon after him. Even though a bookstore owner generously gives the Reporter a handgun, the question is whether his hard-boiled character and sharp thinking will actually win out in the end, gun or no gun.