MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,465 this week

The Detective (1968)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  28 May 1968 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 1,711 users  
Reviews: 41 user | 17 critic

Police detective Joe Leland investigates the murder of a homosexual man. While investigating, he discovers links to official corruption in New York City in this drama that delves into a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 31 Dec 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 30 Oct 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 06 Nov 2013
 
a list of 860 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Detective" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Detective (1968)

The Detective (1968) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Detective.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Tony Rome is a Miami based detective who while diving in the ocean finds the body of a young woman. He is hired by Gronsky to find her killer. Tony has to sift through a stack of suspects, ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Richard Conte
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Sam Laker is an American industrialist, working in Britain, who has just been awarded an international award for industrial design. He is planning to travel to East Germany to attend a ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Peter Vaughan, Derren Nesbitt
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A police inspector, nearing retirement, tracks a serial killer who is terrorizing New York.

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes
Contract on Cherry Street (TV Movie 1977)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The partner--and best friend--of a tough New York detective is murdered by killers working for a local mob. Infuriated at the inability of the Police Department to bring in the murderers, ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Martin Balsam, Jay Black
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Ass-breaker Dingus Magee is looking for a gold train when he comes upon old acquaintance Hoke Birdsill on stage to San Francisco, and robs him of his money. Hoke goes to the nearby town of ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Frank Sinatra, George Kennedy, Anne Jackson
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

American and Japanese soldiers, stranded on a tiny Pacific island during World War II, must make a temporary truce and cooperate to survive various tribulations. Told through the eyes of ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Sinatra
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tatsuya Mihashi
Adventure | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of adventurers refloat a WWII German submarine and prepare to use it to pull a very large heist; The Queen Mary which they plan to rob on the high seas.

Director: Jack Donohue
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Virna Lisi, Anthony Franciosa
Devlin (TV Movie 1992)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When a mayoral candidate is assassinated in New York, Frank Devlin has more than a professional interest in the case: Devlin and the candidate's father are bitter enemies. The investigation... See full summary »

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Stars: Bryan Brown, Roma Downey, Lloyd Bridges
Tony Rome (1967)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte
The Detective (2007)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A private detective is drawn into a complex murder mystery when he is hired to track down a missing young woman.

Director: Oxide Pang Chun
Stars: Aaron Kwok, Kai Chi Liu, Tak-Bun Wong
Comedy | Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In prohibition-era Chicago, the corrupt sheriff and Guy Gisborne, a south-side racketeer, knock off the boss Big Jim. Everyone falls in line behind Guy except Robbo, who controls the north ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young man hitchhiking through the desert is picked up by a beautiful woman. They have an affair, and he finds out that she's married. The consequences of the affair lead to murder and blackmail.

Directors: John Derek, Marc Lawrence
Stars: John Derek, Aldo Ray, Arthur O'Connell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Joe Leland
...
Karen
...
Curran
...
Dave Schoenstein
Horace McMahon ...
Farrell
Lloyd Bochner ...
Dr. Roberts
...
Colin MacIver
Tony Musante ...
Felix
...
Robbie
...
Nestor
Pat Henry ...
Mercidis
Patrick McVey ...
Tanner
Dixie Marquis ...
Carol Linjack
Sugar Ray Robinson ...
Kelly
...
Rachael Schoenstein
Edit

Storyline

Police detective Joe Leland investigates the murder of a homosexual man. While investigating, he discovers links to official corruption in New York City in this drama that delves into a world of sex and drugs. Written by Regis M. Donovan <regis@apocalypse.org>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An adult look at a police detective. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 May 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Detektiv  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Evans had acquired the rights to "The Detective" and was supposed to produce the movie for Twentieth Century-Fox, which had signed him to a contract. (He had earlier worked for Fox as an actor.) When Charlie Bluhdorn, the owner of Paramount, offered Evans a job as the head of European production at Paramount, Evans had to surrender the project to get out of his Fox contract. See more »

Goofs

Leland is searching Dr Robert's office when the doctor walks in. A few minutes later, they're in the doctor's house on the beach. See more »

Connections

Featured in Vito (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Laura
Written by David Raksin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Unusual topics make this dated crime drama worth checking out.
3 January 2005 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

Made at a time when the cinema was exploring new freedoms in language, violence and sex, this is a somewhat tough character study which is tame now, but had to be pretty gritty then. Sinatra is the title cop, a man who bucks the system at times, but has an innate core of fairness. When a wealthy homosexual is found slain and mutilated, Sinatra and his partner Freeman set out to find the culprit. Meanwhile, Sinatra reflects on his troubled marriage to sophisticated, but oversexed Remick. He arrests thuggish Musante for the crime and wins a promotion for his trouble, but, soon after, a young woman (Bisset) comes forth with a case that may be tied into the original one. Sinatra gives an assured and believable performance, though it is jarring at first to hear him bandying about terms like "penis" and "queer", etc... Remick is attractive and effortlessly sophisticated as his wife who can't seem to keep her knickers on. The supporting cast is made up of great pros who offer a lot. Meeker is a jaded, slimy fellow detective. Klugman does well as a family man cop who helps Sinatra crack cases. Duvall is menacing as a hard-nosed and prejudicial policeman. Musante is so over-the-top it is unbelievable! His interrogation scene is a lesson in extremes (and helped sideline his US career for a while.) Bisset is lovely, as usual, but was shoehorned in (costumes and all!) at the eleventh hour for Sinatra's estranged wife Mia Farrow and the part doesn't fit her as well. She's meant to be a slightly boyish type and that's a tad easier to do on Farrow than it was on Bisset. Bochner is a little too cartoon-campy as a vaguely sinister psychiatrist. Though today's audience will likely find many things to pick apart with the story, it is nonetheless a fascinating glimpse into what Hollywood's depiction of gays was at the time. One unintentionally funny scene involves a dockside parking lot in which scores of gay men crowd into the back of cargo trucks and snuggle - fully clothed! There's also a groovy trip into a velvety gay bar. The film's chief flaws are its overuse of LENGTHY flashbacks and a hugely distracting habit of having Sinatra and Remick deliver lines directly into the camera, a big no-no except in comedies or quirky dramas. The flashbacks are necessary in order to flush out the romantic story, but they tend to be disjointed and overlong. The issue of speaking to the camera could have been easily solved by just having the actors act opposite each other. This was an experiment that just doesn't work. But the film has a fair share of interesting dialogue, situations and visual appeal. One amusing line has a forensic specialist telling Sinatra that the victim was a homosexual. Sinatra looks around the overdone apartment and says, "Looks like he was a leader!" Moss Mabry got quite a workout coming up with outfits for Remick, less so for Bisset.


23 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Racist Robert Duvall line cut from DVD release? BillFenner1967
Saving budget money hankmcn
Helicopter wilstjb312
Frank + Lee dimsung_09
What I did not like about the movie. nyrider
Time line nyrider
Discuss The Detective (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?