Up 7,942 this week

Detective (2005)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  2005 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 332 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 1 critic

Detective Sergeant Malcolm Ainslie, a Catholic priest turned distinguished investigator for the police, has agreed to hear the confession of a convicted serial killer sentenced to death in ... See full summary »



(teleplay), (novel)
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb


The 10 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 284 titles
created 16 Dec 2010
a list of 2724 titles
created 10 Oct 2011
a list of 1697 titles
created 06 Jan 2012
a list of 1699 titles
created 11 months ago
list image
a list of 1106 titles
created 10 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Detective" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Detective (TV Movie 2005)

Detective (TV Movie 2005) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Detective.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Point of Origin (TV Movie 2002)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Fact-based drama about an arson investigator (Ray Liotta) searching for the perpetrator of a string of deadly fires in 1980s California.

Director: Newton Thomas Sigel
Stars: Ray Liotta, John Leguizamo, Colm Feore
The Inquiry (1986)
Crime | Mystery | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Roman agent is sent to Palestine to investigate rumors of the resurrection of an executed criminal.

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Phyllis Logan
Détective (1985)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Laurent Terzieff, Aurelle Doazan, Jean-Pierre Léaud
The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Movie 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.

Director: Brian Percival
Stars: Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Sophie Vavasseur
Life on Liberty Street (TV Movie 2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A nurse, trying to salvage her life after her husband and job are gone, winds up working in a halfway house full of mildly brain-damaged patients and receives help from those she helps.

Director: David S. Cass Sr.
Stars: Annabeth Gish, Ethan Embry, Wendy Phillips
True Blue (2001)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Rembrandt Macy (Tom Berenger) is a maverick cop assigned to a case where the primary evidence is a woman's hand found in a pond. Investigators identify the dead, and Macy is lead into a ... See full summary »

Director: J.S. Cardone
Stars: Tom Berenger, Lori Heuring, Pamela Gidley
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
Ausgerechnet Sex! (TV Movie 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Andi Niessner
Stars: Valerie Niehaus, Tom Beck, Judith Rosmair
Detective (2007)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A detective investigates the death of the wife of an emerging politician. The death was first ruled as suicide, but he realizes this is not a suicide but a well planned murder in cold blood.

Director: Jeethu Joseph
Stars: Suresh Gopi, Jagathi Sreekumar, Sindhu Menon
Solo para dos (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Roberto Santiago
Stars: Nicolás Cabré, Dafne Fernández, Antonio Garrido
Undue Influence (TV Movie 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Lawyer Paul Madriani becomes embroiled in his most baffling case at a most difficult time. His wife Nikki has died of cancer, and he's caring for his daughter Sarah while negotiating a ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Pittman
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Patricia Richardson, Jean Smart
The Judge (TV Movie 2001)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Everything brilliant and compassionate defense attorney Paul Madriani stands for is put to the test when he's hired to defend an indefensible adversary. Baltimore's Judge Armando Acosti's ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Chris Noth, Edward James Olmos, Lolita Davidovich


Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Ernst
Det. Rodriguez
Ruby Bowe
Elroy Doil
Karen Ainslie
James 'Little Jesus' Calhoun
Carlos Quinones (as Tom Rosales)
Councilman Max Ernst
Douglas Fisher ...
Theo Pallacio, Ernst's Butler
Wanda Fairly


Detective Sergeant Malcolm Ainslie, a Catholic priest turned distinguished investigator for the police, has agreed to hear the confession of a convicted serial killer sentenced to death in a just a matter of hours. What he promises to reveal to Ainslie is the truth behind the crimes and the reason he confessed to the one crime Ainslie doesn't even believe he committed. What unfolds between the two men is a serpentine trail into both men's pasts based on the bestseller from master storyteller Arthur Hailey. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »


Crime | Drama





Release Date:

2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arthur Hailey's Detective  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In the funeral scenes, "Lieutenant" Newbold is wearing Captain bars on his uniform. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

(Sigh...) The Book Was Better....
14 February 2011 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

This movie took a pretty massive book and condensed it somewhat into about three hours of screen time. Condensing I get, but there are other problems: (1) The original book had a fairly straightforward set of flashbacks that really built the suspense for me. This made-for-TV movie rendered the entire plot as a sequential time line, dashing key elements of the original story's suspense. TV viewers can't handle flashbacks? Come on, give me a break! (2) In the movie, Cynthia Ernst, fellow detective of the title role, had not an ounce of the charisma, go-for-the-jugular dynamism and downright sex appeal of the book's character. Worse, she may as well have been dressed in a sweatshirt and stretch pants for most of the movie. Bad choice of actress, too? Maybe. (3) The sexual tension between the movie's Ernst character and Detective-Sergeant Ainslie, a major source of the suspense in the book, was all but undetectable in the movie. Put it down to a lack of chemistry between Tom Berenger and Annabeth Gish, I guess. (Not as bad as Bird On A Wire, but I'm just saying...) (4) The potential for suspense that should attend the discovery of a major public figure's involvement in a major crime, plus the tension of obtaining the final proof, was 99% wasted. That was how the book made my pulse pound! (5) The motivation for the major public figure's crime was revealed in the book, but not in the movie. Another opportunity wasted. ... On balance, Detective-Sergeant Ainslie's wife Karen was played by Cybill Shepherd, and I love watching her do anything.... :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Life is too short... michael-1199
What is it about? knightrangert
Discuss Detective (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: