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The First Deadly Sin (1980)

A police inspector, nearing retirement, tracks a serial killer who is terrorizing New York.

Director:

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 ... 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 Sawtell
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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 »

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's World Charity Premiere was held on 23rd October 1980 at Loew's State Theatre in Times Square, New York City. Proceeds from the Gala Charity Premiere Benefit went to aid the Mother Cabrini Medical Center which had provided the filming location for the hospital scenes in the movie, and had been billed in the closing credits as the Mother Cabrini Hospital. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Delaney (Sinatra) enters the apartment of suspect Blank (Dukes), he leaves the home-made key in the lock. See more »

Quotes

Edward Delaney: [asking Mrs. Gilbert some questions about her murdered husband] Did he have any, uh, any enemies that you knew of?
Monica Gilbert: "Enemies"?
Edward Delaney: Enemies.
Monica Gilbert: Of course he had enemies. He worked hard for a living, he saluted the flag, he loved his children. And after 7 years I think he still loved me. What hard-working person in this city doesn't have enemies?
Edward Delaney: I'm sorry.
Monica Gilbert: Yeah, I know, I know. It's just so damn rotten, you know what I mean? He was such a good man, and...
[pauses, becomes emotional]
Monica Gilbert: You want to do me a ...
[...]
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Follows The Anderson Tapes (1971) See more »

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Has an "on the rush" feel to it.
28 November 2019 | by Rich359See all my reviews

While I love gritty NYC detective films, This one is rather disappointing. The atmosphere is destroyed in the first few minutes intercutting Sinatra's wife kidney operation with the murder of a New York accountant. Unnecessary and repulsive., it takes you out of the suspense. The movie is a shell of the novel on which it was based in which we really get into the mind of the killer and his motives, and how he is swayed into murder for fun by a psychotic girlfriend. This is completely left out of the film, as well as the NYC politics within the police department. We really don't know anything about the killer in the film, and his identification as the killer is ridiculously fast, as well as the conclusion. The film reminds me a lot of Cruising, also released in 1980, which also had a rushed look to it, and felt incomplete. But that is understandable in Cruising because of the gay community protest of the film during location shooting. The First Deadly Sin had no such problems, unless Frank Sinatra who was notorious for being impatient during shoots, refused to elaborate on the location shooting. However, even a mediocre film from the 80's is a hundred times better than the Marvel garbage on the screen today. Their are some great supporting performances by Sinatra's amateur helpers and a sleazy doorman. Overall worthwhile seeing, but not anywhere as good as it should have been


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