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Director:
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... See more » | 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)
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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
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera
Alan Stetson .... grip
 
Music Department
Warren Barker .... orchestrator
 
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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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:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #21718) | West Germany:18 (f)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The racetrack where McIver commits suicide is clearly shown as the Garden State Park Racetrack - a now defunct track which was located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Thus New Jersey authorities would investigate the death, not the New York City police.See more »
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Big Town Corruption, 16 May 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In this film done one year before the Stonewall Riots we get a picture of corruption and homophobia in the NYPD. The Detective should be required viewing for those who want to know about the days before Stonewall when as a people we were subject to routine abuse and violence.

A nude man is found murdered in his apartment which usually spells one thing, a homicide with gay overtones. Such an occurrence allows the police to be more brutal than usual all in the pursuit of a killer.

Back in those days it's hard for people today to believe how bars that catered to gay people were the subject of random police raids, usually because the cops didn't get their payoffs. In those days just being in one of those places could constitute an arrest for disorderly conduct and if you touched a member of the same sex and not necessarily in a sexual way that could land you in jail for some time, unless you had the money to pay your way out.

A man's been killed and suspicion falls on a street punk played by Tony Musante. Frank Sinatra plays a cop who has a specialty in extracting confessions and he does it the hard way, without the rubber hose. Miranda was new at the time, so they can't beat it out of Musante as per normal. Musante confesses he gets convicted and he gets the still operative electric chair.

But right after Musante is killed, prominent citizen William Windom jumps to his death from the roof at Aqueduct racetrack. Sinatra is again the detective and connections are established with the two deaths. Sinatra's investigations are opening a lot of doors powerful folks just don't want opened. In this he has the support of Windom's widow Jacqueline Bisset.

Sinatra's dealing with some personal problems at the same time. His marriage is breaking up because it turns out his wife, Lee Remick is a nymphomaniac. Still it's the story of the two gay related deaths that dominate the film.

The Detective boasts one of Frank Sinatra's best latter film performances. Sinatra eschews the hipster mannerisms and delivers a straightforward performance as an honest Serpico like cop in the midst of big town corruption.

In the supporting cast I liked Ralph Meeker as a sleazy cop on the take who's quite willing to stop Sinatra any way he can. Also Jack Klugman as Frank's honest sidekick and Renee Taylor as his wife.

Forty years after The Detective came out who would have thought in 1968 that we would have something called the Gay Officers Action League among the police fraternal societies in New York and many other metropolitan police forces. Their organized presence in police departments have gone a long way in bringing a sensitivity and awareness for the GLBT community.

And this review is dedicated to two out police officers now retired from the job that I knew and worked with in New York City when I was at Crime Victims Board. To Detectives Vanessa Ferro and Mark Caruso who are the finest of the finest in New York and to all the other out gay law enforcement officials.

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