The First Deadly Sin (1980)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  3 October 1980 (USA)
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A police inspector, nearing retirement, tracks a serial killer who is terrorizing New York.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Delaney
Barbara Delaney
Daniel Blank
Dr. Bernardi
Monica Gilbert
Christopher Langley
Captain Broughton
Dr. Sanford Ferguson
Charles Lipsky
Anna Navarro ...
Sunny Jordeen
Sergeant Fernandez Correlli
John Rogers
Robert Weil ...
Sol Appel
Hugh Hurd ...
Ben Johnson
Jon DeVries ...
Calvin Samtell


A serial killer is stalking New York. Inspector Edward X. Delaney is an NYPD detective, nearing retirement, who is trying to put together the pieces of the case. Are the victims somehow linked? What does the brutal method of death signify? Written by Michael C. Berch <>

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He's searching for a killer. She's searching for a miracle .... And time is running out.




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3 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Primeiro Pecado Mortal  »

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Actress Faye Dunaway's entire performance is bed-ridden and confined to a bed in a hospital. See more »


Calvin Samtell: Hey sucker! Bang bang!
Edward Delaney: Bang bang!
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Follows The Anderson Tapes (1971) See more »


Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings
Played by the Salvation Army Band outside the hardware store
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Worth watching; Sinatra shines
20 November 2003 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

Above-average police procedural based on the excellent novel by Lawrence Sanders. The Chairman of the Board delivers a powerful performance as Sgt. Detective Edward X. Delany, and David Dukes's Daniel Blank is suitably psychotic (if a bit tamer than in the novel). Plays somewhat fast and loose with the adaption, but still does the book justice. Like the book, this is somewhat slow paced and character-driven, but Sinatra does such a good job at making Delany human and making the audience emote for him that the shortcomings seem minimal. If you are a fan of Sanders, police procedurals, or Frank Sinatra, then this film is certainly worth checking out.

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