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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)

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:
First film of Don Fellows.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Leland is in the restaurant with Mrs. MacIver, they are fruit cups in front of them. After Karen leaves them, there are pies.See more »
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Unusual topics make this dated crime drama worth checking out., 3 January 2005
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

Made at a time when the cinema was exploring new freedoms in language, violence and sex, this is a somewhat tough character study which is tame now, but had to be pretty gritty then. Sinatra is the title cop, a man who bucks the system at times, but has an innate core of fairness. When a wealthy homosexual is found slain and mutilated, Sinatra and his partner Freeman set out to find the culprit. Meanwhile, Sinatra reflects on his troubled marriage to sophisticated, but oversexed Remick. He arrests thuggish Musante for the crime and wins a promotion for his trouble, but, soon after, a young woman (Bisset) comes forth with a case that may be tied into the original one. Sinatra gives an assured and believable performance, though it is jarring at first to hear him bandying about terms like "penis" and "queer", etc... Remick is attractive and effortlessly sophisticated as his wife who can't seem to keep her knickers on. The supporting cast is made up of great pros who offer a lot. Meeker is a jaded, slimy fellow detective. Klugman does well as a family man cop who helps Sinatra crack cases. Duvall is menacing as a hard-nosed and prejudicial policeman. Musante is so over-the-top it is unbelievable! His interrogation scene is a lesson in extremes (and helped sideline his US career for a while.) Bisset is lovely, as usual, but was shoehorned in (costumes and all!) at the eleventh hour for Sinatra's estranged wife Mia Farrow and the part doesn't fit her as well. She's meant to be a slightly boyish type and that's a tad easier to do on Farrow than it was on Bisset. Bochner is a little too cartoon-campy as a vaguely sinister psychiatrist. Though today's audience will likely find many things to pick apart with the story, it is nonetheless a fascinating glimpse into what Hollywood's depiction of gays was at the time. One unintentionally funny scene involves a dockside parking lot in which scores of gay men crowd into the back of cargo trucks and snuggle - fully clothed! There's also a groovy trip into a velvety gay bar. The film's chief flaws are its overuse of LENGTHY flashbacks and a hugely distracting habit of having Sinatra and Remick deliver lines directly into the camera, a big no-no except in comedies or quirky dramas. The flashbacks are necessary in order to flush out the romantic story, but they tend to be disjointed and overlong. The issue of speaking to the camera could have been easily solved by just having the actors act opposite each other. This was an experiment that just doesn't work. But the film has a fair share of interesting dialogue, situations and visual appeal. One amusing line has a forensic specialist telling Sinatra that the victim was a homosexual. Sinatra looks around the overdone apartment and says, "Looks like he was a leader!" Moss Mabry got quite a workout coming up with outfits for Remick, less so for Bisset.

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