Detective

The Detective

Director: Gordon M. Douglas

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick, Ralph Meeker

     
 

Frank Sinatra gives a gritty performance in the crime thriller The Detective. When Teddy Leikman, the homosexual son of a politically connected department-store magnate, is murdered, detective Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra) is sent in to investigate. Leland drags in Teddy's psychotic former roommate Felix Tesla (Tony Musante) and forces a confession out of him; for…  See more details below

Overview

Frank Sinatra gives a gritty performance in the crime thriller The Detective. When Teddy Leikman, the homosexual son of a politically connected department-store magnate, is murdered, detective Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra) is sent in to investigate. Leland drags in Teddy's psychotic former roommate Felix Tesla (Tony Musante) and forces a confession out of him; for his work on the case Leland gets a promotion, which troubles him. Afterwards, Norma MacIver (Jacqueline Bisset), the widow of a well-heeled accountant, comes to see Leland. Her husband was killed after falling off the grandstand at a racetrack -- but Norma thinks he was pushed. She asks Leland to investigate her husband's death. Reopening the case, Leland discovers that the police are opposed to him scratching around any further, and after an attempt on his life, he uncovers some startling evidence that may connect the two deaths.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
A lurid, jumbled storyline and a Frank Sinatra-on-autopilot performance are major setbacks for this ambitious -- if reactionary -- late-'60s crime thriller. Though it predates the notorious Cruising by more than a decade, The Detective peppers its plot with the grisly particulars of a murder of a young, prominent gay man in Manhattan. As if flinching from the initially shocking material, screenwriter Abby Mann (adapting Roderick Thorp's bestseller) then delves into a lengthy, confusing flashback recalling hero Joe Leland's (Sinatra) relationship with his (literally) nymphomaniacal ex (Lee Remick) and his steady ascent up the ranks of the NYPD. Police corruption, property-ownership conspiracy, and junkie pathos are all thrown in as bait-and-switch techniques before the inevitable return to the crime that opened the film, by which point, most viewers will have stopped caring.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
UPC:
0024543131144
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Joe Leland
Lee Remick Karen
Ralph Meeker Curran
Jacqueline Bisset Norma Maciver
Jack Klugman Dave
Horace McMahon Farrell
Lloyd Bochner Dr. Roberts
Tony Musante Felix
Al Freeman Robbie
Robert Duvall Nestor
Ted Beniades Reporter
Marion Brash Prostitute
James Dukas Medical Examiner
Don Fellows Actor
Sharon Henesy Sharon
Pat Henry Mercidis
Richard Krisher Matt Henderson
Earl Montgomery Desk Clerk
Peg Murray Girl at Party
Lou Nelson Procurer
George Plimpton Reporter
Jilly Rizzo Bartender
José Rodriguez Boy in Police Station
Arnold Soboloff Actor
Philip Sterling Actor
Mark Dawson Desk Sergeant
Paul Larson Actor
William Windom Colin MacIver
Patrick McVey Tanner
Dixie Marquis Carol Linjack
"Sugar Ray" Robinson Kelly
Renee Taylor Rachael Schoenstein
Tom Atkins Harmon

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
William J. Creber Art Director
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Richard Lang Asst. Director
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Abby Mann Screenwriter
Aaron Rosenberg Producer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [:14]
2. There's a Few Things Missing [1:26]
3. Who We Are [6:19]
4. Crazy If I Don't [4:26]
5. How it Went Down [3:51]
6. So Much Potential [5:52]
7. Maybe the Gays Know [1:37]
8. Looking for Felix Tesla [:02]
9. Colorful in Plain Clothes [5:02]
10. Karen's Confession [2:35]
11. Joe the Lieutenant [:48]
12. The Execution of Felix [3:41]
13. Norma MacIver's Husband [3:29]
14. Lonely at the Top [5:30]
15. Norma and Karen's Doctor [2:53]
16. Covering the Town [4:08]
17. Colin MacIver on Tape [4:36]
18. The End of a Career [:19]
19. Starting Over [3:11]
20. End Credits [2:08]

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