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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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Brian G. Hutton

Writers:

Mann Rubin (screenplay), Lawrence Sanders (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Edward Delaney
Faye Dunaway ... Barbara Delaney
David Dukes ... Daniel Blank
George Coe ... Dr. Bernardi
Brenda Vaccaro ... Monica Gilbert
Martin Gabel ... Christopher Langley
Anthony Zerbe ... Captain Broughton
James Whitmore ... Dr. Sanford Ferguson
Joe Spinell ... Charles Lipsky
Anna Navarro Anna Navarro ... Sunny Jordeen
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Sergeant Fernandez Correlli
John Devaney John Devaney ... John Rogers
Robert Weil ... Sol Appel
Hugh Hurd Hugh Hurd ... Ben Johnson
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Calvin Samtell
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Primeiro Pecado Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The unique murder weapon formed a significant part of both the movie and source novel's promotional artwork. The instrument, as per its image and description in the picture, is a black-handled silver-topped ice axe with serrated teeth. See more »

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Boom mic appears in lower left-hand corner behind Detective Delaney (Sinatra) while talking Blank (Dukes) out of the bottom of his closet. See more »

Quotes

Calvin Samtell: Hey! What'd you wanna' know?
Edward Delaney: I just wanted to know why you moved so often.
Calvin Samtell: It's because I got a wife who's as big an asshole as you are, and keeps movin' me from one V.A. hospital to the next lookin' for a miracle.
[Delaney quietly nods, turns and leaves]
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Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by the Salvation Army Band outside the hardware store
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Decent Performance From Sinatra In An Otherwise Unexciting Movie
9 March 2009 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Frank Sinatra put on a pretty decent performance here (in what's billed as his last starring performance, although he was in "Cannonball Run II" a few years later) as Edward X. Delaney - a New York City police detective weeks away from retirement, who gets caught up in a murder investigation that his commanding officer (for reasons I never clearly understood) would prefer him to leave alone. Sinatra's performance, though, was really the only thing that made this movie worth watching. The story of the search for the psychopathic killer wasn't all that interesting, and while the subplot revolving around the illness of Delaney's hospital-bound wife (a rather simple role played by Faye Dunaway) took up a fair amount of screen time, it also added nothing to spark the movie, except perhaps to ground Delaney as a loving husband. Delaney does come across as a sympathetic character for the most part, although he's a cop willing to go to any lengths (legal or otherwise) to get this killer. Aside from that there was one very effective scene in which the curator Langley (Martin Gabel) goes to a hardware store trying to figure out what the murder weapon was which added some welcome comedy relief to this otherwise rather poorly structured and poorly paced movie, which I would frankly have to say was one of the least exciting and least interesting murder mysteries I've ever seen.


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