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The Detective (1968)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 28 May 1968 (USA)
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Police detective Joe Leland investigates the murder of a gay 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

Writers:

Abby Mann (screenplay), Roderick Thorp (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Joe Leland
Lee Remick ... Karen Leland
Ralph Meeker ... Curran
Jack Klugman ... Dave Schoenstein
Horace McMahon ... Farrell
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Roberts
William Windom ... Colin MacIver
Tony Musante ... Felix
Al Freeman Jr. ... Robbie
Robert Duvall ... Nestor
Pat Henry Pat Henry ... Mercidis
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Tanner
Dixie Marquis Dixie Marquis ... Carol Linjack
Sugar Ray Robinson Sugar Ray Robinson ... Kelly
Renée Taylor ... Rachael Schoenstein
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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. Written by Regis M. Donovan <regis@apocalypse.org>

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Taglines:

No cop...no man is so clean that he won't find something of himself in the dirt, perversion and violence of the city. (Australian poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

Frank Sinatra and Ralph Meeker, who appeared in this movie, played the same character (Francis X. "Iron Balls" Delaney) in two other movies. Meeker played him in uniform in The Anderson Tapes (1971). Sinatra played him in plainclothes as a detective in The First Deadly Sin (1980). See more »

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When Leland is in the restaurant with Mrs. MacIver, there are fruit cups in front of them. After Karen leaves them, there are pies. See more »

Quotes

Joe Leland: Somebody doesn't do something about those garbage cans, you're gonna see the god-damnedest explosion gonna tear this nation right down the middle!
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One of the most gripping movies Frank ever did
2 December 2001 | by raysondSee all my reviews

I'm surprised that it is not on video anywhere,but Frank Sinatra's performance as a hard boiled NYPD detective investigating the brutal murder of a innocent man is something to see it is entirely. Due to its strong adult content and language since it was the only Sinatra film that had a "X" rating during its day(strictly for mature audiences) which was back then during the new standardized CARA system that was inplaced back in the late 1960's. As well as the Chairman Of The Board's leading role as he goes into the sleazy background of New York's grit, you have also strong lead performances from Norman Fell,Jack Klugman and others makes it worth watching until the shocking ending.

Can it on cable if it comes on.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,490,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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