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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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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


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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Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Primeiro Pecado Mortal  »

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The eighth and penultimate film of only nine ever cinema movies directed by Brian G. Hutton whose last picture would be High Road to China (1983) about three years later. See more »


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 »


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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A likable thriller brightened by F.S. .....
17 January 2002 | by (Teran, 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.

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