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The Detective (1968)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 28 May 1968 (USA)
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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Joe Leland
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Karen
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Curran
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Dave Schoenstein
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Farrell
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Dr. Roberts
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Colin MacIver
Tony Musante ...
Felix
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Robbie
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Nestor
Pat Henry ...
Mercidis
Patrick McVey ...
Tanner
Dixie Marquis ...
Carol Linjack
Sugar Ray Robinson ...
Kelly
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Rachael Schoenstein
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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. Written by Regis M. Donovan <regis@apocalypse.org>

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This case could cost New York's toughest cop his badge and his life. (dvd) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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$4,490,000 (estimated)
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Frank Sinatra plays Detective Joe Leland from the novel "The Detective" by Roderick Thorp. Thorp wrote a sequel ("Nothing Lasts Forever") in which Leland is trapped in a Claxxon Oil Corp. skyscraper after it's taken by German terrorists and must rescue his daughter and grandchildren. Twenty years later the novel was filmed with some changes: the daughter became his wife, Claxxon became the Nakatomi Corporation and Joe Leland's name was changed to John McClane. The film was released under the title Die Hard (1988). Because of a clause in Sinatra's contract for "The Detective" which gave him the right to reprise his role in a sequel, he was actually the first person offered the McClane role, even though he was 73 years old at the time. Also, coincidentally, Bruce Willis (who played McClane) made his movie debut in The First Deadly Sin (1980) walking out of a bar as Sinatra walks into it. Additionally, 'Lloyd Bochner' plays Dr. Wendell Roberts in The Detective (1968); his son, Hart Bochner, plays Harry Ellis in Die Hard (1988). See more »

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When Joe leaves his apartment to go to Dave's apartment he leaves his hat behind. But when he leaves Dave's apartment he has his hat. See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Played at the bar when Joe runs into Karen
Also played at the restaurant when Karen runs into Joe and Norma
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Stands the test of time
13 December 2010 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Forty years on, it's all too easy to pick holes in the naïve depiction of gays in this movie. Given its otherwise honest and sometimes brutal portrayal, I'm quite sure it was dictated, at least in part, by what the producers thought could be shown without alienating the majority who might watch.

Aforementioned aside, this is a gritty, adult story of an intelligent, upright cop battling marriage problems and a sleazy murder, in addition to the bigots and small minds in his own department.

Frank Sinatra, in one of his best roles, plays the world-weary lead with deceptive ease, ably backed by a good script and fine supporting cast, including Lee Remick (one of my favourite actresses) as his soon-to-be ex-wife, battling problems of her own, dealt with in flashbacks (again, probably simplistically, but at least with some style and intelligence); and Lloyd Bochner as the doctor with the high-price clientele and secrets he'd rather not share. Not to mention an outstanding (and sadly forgotten) theme by Jerry Goldsmith.

Yes, it's very sixties, but it's *good* sixties; and in the best traditions of film noir too. All in all, it reminds me of a quote from Lee Remick herself: "I make movies for grownups. When Hollywood starts making them again, I'll start acting in them again".

Amen.


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