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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The First Deadly Sin was the third of three films that Frank Sinatra and Martin Gabel acted in together. The others are Lady in Cement and Contract on Cherry Street. 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

Edward Delaney: What else can you tell me about the wound?
Dr. Sanford Ferguson: Well, penetration was straight down into the skull. Now, what does that tell *you*?
Edward Delaney: Well, it could tell me that the killer is at least 4 or 5 inches taller than the victim, hmm?
Dr. Sanford Ferguson: Yeah, unless he was standing on a box. Did you see a box out there?
Edward Delaney: No, doctor.
Dr. Sanford Ferguson: Six feet, and quick.
Edward Delaney: And powerful. And also well-dressed. And white - otherwise Gilbert would never let him get that close to him.
Dr. Sanford Ferguson: You know, Delaney, the intricacies of your mind never cease to ...
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Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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16 December 2006 | by boknycSee all my reviews

I recently watched this movie only because it was on my high def station and it "looked" pretty good, but after waiting over an hour to become interested in it, it ended with a confusing and ho-hum climax. Sinatra sleepwalks through the entire movie and looks completely bored. Faye has one of the worst roles in movie history. Can someone explain this ending to me sometime? On second thought, don't bother. If you love Frank and NYC movies from the 80s, this might work for you, but only if you don't mind a story that never really achieves liftoff. The Dunaway role is such a waste of her talent, and him calling her "kiddo" in every scene kind of creeped me out.


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