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The First Deadly Sin (1980)

A police inspector, nearing retirement, tracks a serial killer who is terrorizing New York.

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Edward Delaney
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Barbara Delaney
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Daniel Blank
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Dr. Bernardi
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Monica Gilbert
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Christopher Langley
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Captain Broughton
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Dr. Sanford Ferguson
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Charles Lipsky
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Sunny Jordeen
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Sergeant Fernandez Correlli
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John Rogers
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Sol Appel
Hugh Hurd ...
Ben Johnson
Jon DeVries ...
Calvin Samtell
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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 <mcb@postmodern.com>

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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)  »

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O Primeiro Pecado Mortal  »

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The movie's above-the-title star-teaming was, in its promotional materials marketing, able to capture the "F" letter alliteration of the first names of its two top-billed lead stars - "Frank and Faye" - Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway. See more »

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When Detective Delaney (Sinatra) enters the apartment of suspect Blank (Dukes), he leaves the home-made key in the lock. See more »

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

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Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings
Played by the Salvation Army Band outside the hardware store
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16 December 2006 | by (Brooklyn) – See all my reviews

I recently watched this movie only because it was on my high def station and it "looked" pretty good, but after waiting over an hour to become interested in it, it ended with a confusing and ho-hum climax. Sinatra sleepwalks through the entire movie and looks completely bored. Faye has one of the worst roles in movie history. Can someone explain this ending to me sometime? On second thought, don't bother. If you love Frank and NYC movies from the 80s, this might work for you, but only if you don't mind a story that never really achieves liftoff. The Dunaway role is such a waste of her talent, and him calling her "kiddo" in every scene kind of creeped me out.


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