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The Detective (1968)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 28 May 1968 (USA)
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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Karen
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Curran
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Dave Schoenstein
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Farrell
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Dr. Roberts
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Colin MacIver
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Felix
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Robbie
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Nestor
Pat Henry ...
Mercidis
Patrick McVey ...
Tanner
Dixie Marquis ...
Carol Linjack
Sugar Ray Robinson ...
Kelly
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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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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Der Detektiv  »

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$4,490,000 (estimated)
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Frank Sinatra plays 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 Corp. 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 73 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 walks into it. Additionally, 'Lloyd Bochner' plays Dr. Wendell Roberts in The Detective (1968); his son, Hart Bochner, plays Harry Ellis in Die Hard (1988). See more »

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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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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Owl-Stretching Time (1969) See more »

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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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A Rainbow of ironies
5 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

A surprisingly subversive film, detailing a "rainbow" of conspiracies that affect all aspects of urban sixties society. The homosexual "other," along with the mysogynistic undercurrent of testosterone-controlled society is played to powerfully ironic and symbolic effect, from the closeted bisexuality of the mysterious spouse of Jaqueline Bissett, to the triumphantly cynical reasoning of the lone "colored" Detective who strips his suspect as a paean to Nazi interrogation tactics ( many Nazis were avowed closeted homosexuals). The establishment is skewered for "not facing responsibility" as Det. Joe would say. Slums, inadequate housing, homophobia, the death penalty ( the last execution in New York had taken place five years prior to the movie's release), marital infidelity, mental illness, political patronage, police corruption, and establishment hypocrisy ( "rainbow"-- come on, how blatant!)are all taken on by the man with old-fashioned, starch-shirted integrity. Thank God for "The Detective."


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