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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.

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
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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Roderick Thorp's giant novel comes on like a powerhouse! (poster) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

6 | 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Sinatra played Detective Joe Leland from the novel "The Detective" by Roderick Thorp. Thorp wrote a sequel ("Nothing Lasts Forever") in which Leland is trapped in a Claxxon Oil Corporation skyscraper after it's taken by German terrorists, and must rescue his daughter and grandchildren. Twenty years later the novel was filmed with some changes: the daughter became his wife, Claxxon became the Nakatomi Corporation, and Joe Leland's name was changed to John McClane. The film was released under the title Die Hard (1988). Because of a clause in Sinatra's contract for "The Detective", which gave him the right to reprise his role in a sequel, he was actually the first person offered the McClane role, even though he was seventy-three-years-old at the time. Also, coincidentally, Bruce Willis (who played McClane) made his movie debut in The First Deadly Sin (1980) walking out of a bar as Sinatra walked into it. Additionally, Lloyd Bochner played Dr. Wendell Roberts in this movie. His son, Hart Bochner, played Harry Ellis in Die Hard (1988). See more »

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In the credits, the last name of the character played by William Windom is spelled "MacIver". But on the envelope containing his taped confession, Dr. Roberts has spelled it "McIver". See more »

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Referenced in Naked Angels (1969) See more »

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old fashioned cop movie with decency
4 June 2004 | by TinosSee all my reviews

An old fashioned, sometimes silly, but altogether decent and moral little film. The isolated accusation of homophobia present elsewhere in the list of reviews is not accurate. This assumption might be made from watching only the first few minutes of the film, when certain suspicions arise, but as the film develops those suspicions turn out to be quite ungrounded and in fact the Sinatra character openly defends gay characters from a homophobic cop, and so on.

Throughout this movie the hero has actual moral integrity and refuses to abandon it, most of the time, and if he does it is not glorified. This in itself makes it worth watching just the once, given the general state of other films in the genre.


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