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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
Anna Navarro ...
Sunny Jordeen
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Sergeant Fernandez Correlli
John Devaney ...
John Rogers
Robert Weil ...
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 was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award at their first inaugural ceremony where Faye Dunaway was nommed for the Razzie for Worst Actress but did not win losing to Brooke Shields for The Blue Lagoon (1980). See more »

Goofs

As suspect Blank (Dukes) is fleeing from Detective Delaney (Sinatra), he goes around a corner carrying an ice ax in his right hand but he was not holding it when approaching the corner nor right after heading toward the camera. See more »

Quotes

Calvin Samtell: Hey sucker! Bang bang!
[laughs]
Edward Delaney: Bang bang!
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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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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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