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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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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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Trivia

The unique murder weapon formed a significant part of both the movie and source novel's promotional artwork. The instrument, as per its image and description in the picture, is a black-handled silver-topped ice axe with serrated teeth. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, the endotracheal (breathing) tube being used on Barbara is not taped in place or secured in any other manner. Also, the x-rays displayed, correctly an IVP (intravenous pyelogram), show a non-functioning left kidney, but Barbara is positioned for surgery on her right kidney. 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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Soundtracks

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by the Salvation Army Band outside the hardware store
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what the...?
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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Primeiro Pecado Mortal See more »

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