|THE FIRST DEADLY SIN (director: Brian G. Hutton; screenwriters: Mann Rubin/from the novel by Lawrence Sanders; cinematographer: Jack Priestley; editor: Eric Albertson; music: Gordon Jenkins; cast: Frank Sinatra (Edward Delaney), Faye Dunaway (Barbara Delaney), David Dukes (Daniel Blank), George Coe (Dr. Bernardi), Brenda Vaccaro (Monica Gilbert), Martin Gabel (Christopher Langley), Joe Spinell (Doorman), Jeffrey De Munn (Sergeant Fernandez), Anthony Zerbe (Captain Broughton), James Whitmore (Dr Sanford Ferguson); Runtime: 112; MPAA Rating: R; producers: George Pappas, Mark Shanker; Artanis Cinema (Filmways); 1980)|
|"The film is decent enough, and
Sinatra is easy to believe and to take in the
by Dennis Schwartz
G. Hutton ("Where Eagles Dare"/"Kelly's
Heroes"/"High Road to China") directs this
routine but glum detective thriller. It's based on
the popular 1973 novel by Lawrence Sanders. The
screenplay is by Mann Rubins. This is Frank Sinatra's
first film in ten-years. It was Frank's final movie
role as a star.
world-weary middle-aged veteran New York
police sergeant Edward Delaney (Frank Sinatra),
close to retirement, is working on a brutal murder
case where the killer uses a mountain
climber's ax on his vic. Meanwhile Delaney's
wife (Faye Dunaway) has a bloody
operation for her liver ailment and is only getting
worse. While his wife is dying in the hospital, the
anguished detective puts all his energy into tracking
down the vicious businessman killer. It turns out he's
a serial killer.
film is decent enough, and Sinatra is easy to take and
to believe in the cliched role. But Frank's frequent
hospital visits slowed things done and left things
bleaker than I cared for. There are also too many
loose ends left unattended to, as the way the killer
was tracked down was uninvolving.
are two good supporting performances from
Martin Gabel as a weapons expert and Joe Spinell as
REVIEWED ON 12/16/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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