The Detective (1968)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Leland
Dave Schoenstein
Lloyd Bochner ...
Dr. Roberts
Colin MacIver
Tony Musante ...
Pat Henry ...
Patrick McVey ...
Dixie Marquis ...
Carol Linjack
Sugar Ray Robinson ...
Rachael Schoenstein


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 <>

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No man is so clean that he won't find something of himself in the dirt, perversion and violence of the city. (Australian poster) See more »


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28 May 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Detektiv  »

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2.35 : 1
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Suzanne Pleshette and Barbara Parkins auditioned for the role of Norma McIver. See more »


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A Rainbow of ironies
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A surprisingly subversive film, detailing a "rainbow" of conspiracies that affect all aspects of urban sixties society. The homosexual "other," along with the mysogynistic undercurrent of testosterone-controlled society is played to powerfully ironic and symbolic effect, from the closeted bisexuality of the mysterious spouse of Jaqueline Bissett, to the triumphantly cynical reasoning of the lone "colored" Detective who strips his suspect as a paean to Nazi interrogation tactics ( many Nazis were avowed closeted homosexuals). The establishment is skewered for "not facing responsibility" as Det. Joe would say. Slums, inadequate housing, homophobia, the death penalty ( the last execution in New York had taken place five years prior to the movie's release), marital infidelity, mental illness, political patronage, police corruption, and establishment hypocrisy ( "rainbow"-- come on, how blatant!)are all taken on by the man with old-fashioned, starch-shirted integrity. Thank God for "The Detective."

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