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The Detective (1968)

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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.

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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
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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Storyline

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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An adult look at a police detective. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Detektiv See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,490,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Evans had acquired the rights to "The Detective" and was supposed to produce the movie for 20th Century Fox, which had signed him to a contract (he had earlier worked for Fox as an actor). When Charlie Bluhdorn, the owner of Paramount Pictures, offered Evans a job as the head of European production at Paramount Pictures, Evans had to surrender the project to get out of his Fox contract. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is depicted first visiting the beach house of Dr. Roberts, the view in the distance is of the California coast. The film takes place in and around New York City and Long Island. See more »

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Soundtracks

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Music by Lionel Newman
Played at the bar when Joe runs into Karen
Also played at the restaurant when Karen runs into Joe and Norma
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So Much Potential for Story - Thrown Away
5 September 2012 | by MRavenwoodSee all my reviews

Part of the Film Noir genre is the romance angle with a powerful female lead. This neo-noir fails on that point offering a watered down, trifling character portrayed by a non-threatening Lee Remick, whose eyes the director seems obsessed with capturing long expressionless shots of. Sinatra's acting is fine, but the film technique... I can't explain how it makes him seem uncool, and the character of Leland is extremely cool and wildly open-minded for the time. Trouble is, they go very far out of their way to make him seem at once overly modern, and decidedly anchored in his values. Doesn't work. I didn't care for the camera work at all. A brilliant performance by Tony Musante as the basket-case ex-lover of the murdered gay man in the opening sequence is dminished by not properly photographing it. Great story and plot. Very sadly executed in a "message over story" way.


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