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The Detective(1968)

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  • the detective

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/10/15

    Good NYC cop corruption movie. Not as good as "Serpico," but then, again, it predates it by six years. Definitely one of Sinatra's better performances. He captures world weariness and guilt quite well. Also good is Lee Remmick as his promiscuous wife (and thank God there were no physical abuse scenes between her and Sinatra) Al Freeman Jr. as an immoral, overly ambitious cop, Ralph Meeker as a corrupt cop, Robert Duvall as a homophobic cop, William Windom as a guy in the closet, and Lloyd Bochner as a suave shrink. Gordon Douglas, one of Hollywood's better action directors, provides crisp pacing and Abby Mann's screenplay is amazingly (for him) relaxed and low key. You can almost hear his sighs of relief as he's broken free of Stanley Kramer and his soapbox. Some of the performances are over the top (i.e. Tony Musante as a tortured homosexual/ psychotic and Horace McMahon, phoning in his gruff captain role from "Naked City") or dull (Jackie Bisset at her least interesting and Jack Klugman doing standard Jewish cop schtick) but all in all I'd give this film a solid B. P.S. At film's end, Frank Sinatra quits the force and has to decide between Remmick and Bisset. Poor guy, huh?

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    • James Higgins
    • 11/28/09

    It may have been a little better if it focused on his professional life a little more than his personal life. It is very well made, good production. The acting is fine, good story. I am sure it was quite bold in its day.

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