5.9/10
1,258
33 user 18 critic

The First Deadly Sin (1980)

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.00 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Detective (1968)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Police detective Joe Leland investigates the murder of a homosexual man. While investigating, he discovers links to official corruption in New York City in this drama that delves into a world of sex and drugs.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick, Ralph Meeker
Ein Guru kommt (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Rainer Erler
Stars: Wolfgang Reichmann, Eric P. Caspar, Jörg Pleva
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Kerwin Mathews
Contract on Cherry Street (TV Movie 1977)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When his partner is killed, NYC detective Frank Hovannes and his organized-crime squad go against the mob, despite strong objections from his superiors and the legal-departmental restrictions that hinder him.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Martin Balsam, Jay Black
The Hook (1963)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During an evacuation in the waning days of the Korean War, three American soldiers retrieve an enemy airman and take him prisoner aboard the civilian ship returning them to their lines. ... See full summary »

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Robert Walker Jr., Nick Adams
Dark City (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors
Illegal (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa
Certificate: GP Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Dingus Magee and his old rival Hoke Birdsill take turns at being either lawman or outlaw and being rivals or partners in crime, depending of the circumstances.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Frank Sinatra, George Kennedy, Anne Jackson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Shy bachelor Bob asks his best friend Ted to keep him company during his first date in his pad with the girl he met at a classical concert and fell in love with. However, Ted also likes her and the date goes terribly wrong for Bob.

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: Brian Bedford, Julie Sommars, James Farentino
Skin Game (1971)
Certificate: GP Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1857, con man Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke swindle slave owners into buying Jason, who's a free man, and later share the profits when Jason escapes captivity.

Directors: Paul Bogart, Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Garner, Louis Gossett Jr., Susan Clark
Night Watch (1973)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ellen Wheeler, a rich woman, is recovering from a nervous breakdown with the help of her husband and a good friend. One day, while staring out the window, she witnesses a murder. But does ... See full summary »

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Billie Whitelaw
Edit

Cast

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 Devaney ...
John Rogers
Robert Weil ...
Sol Appel
Hugh Hurd ...
Ben Johnson
Jon DeVries ...
Calvin Samtell
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Primeiro Pecado Mortal  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Edward X. Delaney, whom Frank Sinatra played in this film, appeared in five novels by Lawrence Sanders--"The Anderson Tapes," "The First Deadly Sin," "The Second Deadly Sin," "The Third Deadly Sin," and "The Fourth Deadly Sin." In the film version of "The Anderson Tapes," Ralph Meeker played Delaney. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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

Connections

Follows The Anderson Tapes (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings
Played by the Salvation Army Band outside the hardware store
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A likeable movie brightened by F.S .......
17 January 2002 | by (Tehran, IRAN) – See all my reviews

I have already seen "Seven", "The bone collector" and "Copycat", so naturally this doesn't seem to surprise me or anything like that, but I had a great time watching Frank Sinatra in his last major movie appearance and was equally shocked to see Faye Dunaway so woefully wasted on a hospital bed and not enough lines for an amateur let alone ... the screenplay is just fine and the supporting characters, esp. that old curator, hit the right notes. Sinatra's strong presence virtually lifts it out of the ordinary.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Honey Bunch thomasprescott
Discuss The First Deadly Sin (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?