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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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" I saw things which terrified me and thought I was above it all" See more (40 total) »

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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Runtime:
114 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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 (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | 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:
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 »
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
" I saw things which terrified me and thought I was above it all", 6 September 2007
Author: thinker1691 from USA

The nineteen fifties were a time of adaption for many police departments throughout the United States. The rubber hoses, the brutal interrogations, bright lights and smoke filled rooms were commonplace. So too were the results. Few guilty men escaped punishment and fewer still were the innocents who got away. During the next few decades, so much brutality became prevalent, a new force took on the cops. In this film, "The Detective" the audience witnesses the early seeds of Law Enforcement Officers and the evolution of Miranda rights. It is the story (written by Roderick Thorp) of an idealistic officer named Det. Sgt. Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra). He is the son of a policeman and believes in his work. The victim is the son of a prominent politician, who has been is brutally murdered. What Leland discovers in his investigation is far more than the murdered man's sexual preference, but rather the lengths others will go to cover it up. With Dave Schoenstein (Jack Klugman) as his partner, they inadvertently discover a powerful and ruthless organization called 'Rainbo'. Key to the murder, a puzzling suicide and to Rainbo are Dr. Wendell Roberts (Lloyd Bochner) and William Windom. If you'll look closely, you see a young Robert Duvall and Tony Musante. The importance of this film are the taboo subjects explored as the investigation continues. Unlike today, such subjects did not warrant prominence and yet this film offers them up raw and unfettered. Lee Remick gives a stirring performance as Karen Leland. All in all, an excellent film from a changing time. ****

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