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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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Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This took a long time to hit cinema screens. It was first announced by Columbia as a Don Siegel movie way back on 1974. See more »

Goofs

Even though the murder was committed prior to DNA evidence was in use, it is totally inaccurate that gloves would not be worn when a murder victim is being first examined as was the case at the beginning of the movie. The detective and medical examiner both would have been wearing gloves so as not to compromise any evidence. See more »

Quotes

Captain Broughton: I was put in here because this precinct has become a shit-house. Sloppy, inefficient, antiquated... They needed somebody to clean it up, put it in touch with the 20th century. That's me. Now Delaney, I have made my reputation kickin' ass and never suckin' up to the brass. And I intend to make the 27th a shining example of how mechanization and good old-fashioned discipline can turn a piss-hole back into a police station. I dote on absolute loyalty, dedication, and everybody doing what they're ...
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Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings
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A likeable movie brightened by F.S .......
17 January 2002 | by peyman_toossySee all my reviews

I have already seen "Seven", "The bone collector" and "Copycat", so naturally this doesn't seem to surprise me or anything like that, but I had a great time watching Frank Sinatra in his last major movie appearance and was equally shocked to see Faye Dunaway so woefully wasted on a hospital bed and not enough lines for an amateur let alone ... the screenplay is just fine and the supporting characters, esp. that old curator, hit the right notes. Sinatra's strong presence virtually lifts it out of the ordinary.


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