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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 »

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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 »

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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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Final hurrah for Frank.
20 July 2001 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

"The First Deadly Sin" will be remembered as the last starring role for Frank Sinatra. It's a good performance in a decent (but should have been better) film.

Frank plays a New York homicide detective investigating a series of murders. This main story is a good one. It is involving and creepy. David Dukes turns in a terrific performance as the killer. The problem comes in the sub-plot with Faye Dunaway as Frank's dying wife. Every 10 or 15 minutes the film comes to a screeching halt so Frank can visit Faye in the hospital. Faye must have been desperate to work with Frank since she literally spends the entire film in a hospital bed. It's a needless distraction to the main plot.

Still the film is worth watching. Frank is at his gritty best as his whole world falls apart in front of his eyes. The film also does one other good thing. It erased the possibility that the awful "Dirty Dingus Magee" would be his last starring role.


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