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


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Release Date:

28 May 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Detektiv  »

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2.35 : 1
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Frank Sinatra was supposed to costar with his wife, Mia Farrow in this film but a film Farrow was working on was running behind schedule, so she refused. Sinatra got so mad, he made the film without her (casting Jacqueline Bisset in the role instead) and served her divorce papers on the set of that film, Rosemary's Baby (1968). See more »


In the credits, the last name of the character played by William Windom is spelled "MacIver". But on the envelope containing his taped confession, Dr. Roberts has spelled it "McIver". See more »


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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old fashioned cop movie with decency
4 June 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

An old fashioned, sometimes silly, but altogether decent and moral little film. The isolated accusation of homophobia present elsewhere in the list of reviews is not accurate. This assumption might be made from watching only the first few minutes of the film, when certain suspicions arise, but as the film develops those suspicions turn out to be quite ungrounded and in fact the Sinatra character openly defends gay characters from a homophobic cop, and so on.

Throughout this movie the hero has actual moral integrity and refuses to abandon it, most of the time, and if he does it is not glorified. This in itself makes it worth watching just the once, given the general state of other films in the genre.

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