A MAN IN UNIFORM is a fascinating but ultimately bleak message about the hazards of power. The film's portrait of an impaired individual suddenly having total authority over others is frightening indeed especially since it is punctuated by a good deal of rough language, bursts of bloody violence and unpleasant views of back-alley sexual immorality.
The un-rated, Canadian movie, A MAN IN UNIFORM, is a fascinating but bleak study of the dire consequences of giving the trappings of power to the wrong person. Henry Adler works a boring bank job by day, but aspires to be a full-time actor. When he succeeds in landing a part in a TV series about tough cops, he takes his role very seriously. He spends hours wearing his costume, and, ultimately, he starts to wander the city streets as a counterfeit cop and even helps a policeman subdue a suspect. His adventures as a cop on the streets become more dangerous and out of control, leading finally to his involvement in the slaying of a drug dealer.
A MAN IN UNIFORM’S portrait of an impaired individual suddenly having total authority over others is frightening, indeed; a sober reminder that physical force not governed by proper legal procedures and God’s moral principles will ultimately lead to horrendous abuse. This film’s viewpoint is unsparing, punctuated by a good deal of rough language, bursts of bloody violence and some jolting and unpleasant views of back-alley sex with prostitutes. This film is literally no walk in the park, and its message about the hazards of power is ultimately buried by its own excesses and despair.
(H, LLL, VV, SS, NN) Humanist worldview; 55 obscenities & 3 profanities; 4 vivid shootings, 1 suicide & simulated gunfights (on a TV program); brief views of back-alley sexual immorality (including fellatio) involving prostitutes & simulated sex (without nudity) on TV program; and, brief frontal male nudity.