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Writers:
Abby Mann (screenplay)
Roderick Thorp (novel)
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Release Date:
28 May 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Roderick Thorp's giant novel comes on like a powerhouse! (poster) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Joe Leland

Lee Remick ... Karen

Ralph Meeker ... Curran

Jack Klugman ... Dave Schoenstein

Horace McMahon ... Farrell
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Roberts

William Windom ... Colin MacIver
Tony Musante ... Felix

Al Freeman Jr. ... Robbie

Robert Duvall ... Nestor
Pat Henry ... Mercidis
Patrick McVey ... Tanner
Dixie Marquis ... Carol Linjack
Sugar Ray Robinson ... Kelly

Renée Taylor ... Rachael Schoenstein
James Inman ... Teddy Leikman

Tom Atkins ... Harmon

Jacqueline Bisset ... Norma MacIver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Beniades ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mark Dawson ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
James Dukas ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Jan Farrand ... Karen's Friend at Theatre (uncredited)
Don Fellows ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Gorman ... Prison Priest (uncredited)
Sharon Henesy ... Sharon (uncredited)
Richard Krisher ... Matt Henderson (uncredited)
Lou Krugman ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Larson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alan Manson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Bette Midler ... Girl at Party (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Earl Montgomery ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Peg Murray ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Lou Nelson ... Procurer (uncredited)

George Plimpton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Raiter ... Tough Homosexual (uncredited)
Jilly Rizzo ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jose Rodriguez ... Boy in police station (uncredited)

Joe Santos ... Reporter (uncredited)
Arnold Soboloff ... Reporter (uncredited)
Philip Sterling ... Reporter (uncredited)
Peter York ... Decent Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abby Mann  screenplay
Roderick Thorp  novel

Produced by
Aaron Rosenberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc 
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
William J. Creber  (as William Creber)
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Donald Brooks 
Moss Mabry 
 
Makeup Department
Layne Britton .... makeup artist: Mr. Sinatra
Edith Lindon .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David Silver .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Lang .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... sound
Harry Lindgren .... sound (as Harry M. Lindgren)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Harry Daley .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera
Alan Stetson .... grip
 
Music Department
Warren Barker .... orchestrator
David Raksin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dolores Rubin .... script supervisor
Arthur Schultheiss .... technical advisor (as Lt. Arthue E. Schulteiss)
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
114 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:6 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (original video rating) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:Approved (certificate #21718) | West Germany:18 (f)

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Trivia:
Tom Atkins' film debut.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Movie Connections:
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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A Rainbow of ironies, 5 July 2004
Author: mimkarl

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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