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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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Nestor
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Mercidis
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Tanner
Dixie Marquis ...
Carol Linjack
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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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You're Joe Leland, detective. And you sit behind this desk in a city crawling with every crime in the book. And then along comes one as dirty as knee brought right up to your stomach. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Der Detektiv  »

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$4,490,000 (estimated)
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Mark Robson was originally set to direct, but Frank Sinatra preferred Gordon Douglas, with whom he had made four previous films. Robson and Sinatra had clashed while making Von Ryan's Express (1965). See more »

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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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