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The First Deadly Sin

R Released Oct 3, 1980 1h 52m Crime Drama List
67% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 30% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A New York police detective with a bedridden wife hunts a killer who uses a mountaineer's ice ax. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Who would have thought, in all honesty, that Frank Sinatra had this performance still left in him? Rated: 3/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Eddie Harrison …while not the grand send-off Sinatra was looking for, it’s an ernest, worthwhile movie for fans of the star… Rated: 3/5 Apr 15, 2023 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The film is decent enough, and Sinatra is easy to believe and to take in the cliched role. Rated: B- Dec 17, 2015 Full Review Steve Crum Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers Forgettable Sinatra vehicle, beneath the Chairman's talents. Rated: 2/5 Jun 8, 2006 Full Review Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena A ateno com os detalhes e a preocupao com o realismo, ao lado da atuao sbria de Sinatra, colocam o filme acima de outros exemplares do gnero (mesmo trazendo um assassino desinteressante). Rated: 4/5 May 29, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Oct 1, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D slow moving and joyless. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 08/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Good movie that should have been better, but Sinatra's honest performance makes it well worth watching... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a sin to kill but this movie deals with a killer committing several of them Starting the legendary Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway Delaney is nearing the end of his career as a New York City homicide detective. But, before he can retire, he picks up a case involving multiple brutal murders, the victims of which have nothing in common. A museum curator (Martin Gabel), they both start to piece together the few clues left behind. As if that wasn't enough to worry about his wife diagnosed with a serious disease. One of her kidneys is surgically removed and it's unsure what will happen to her. This whole thing feels more like those 1940s murder mysteries of old. Not a lot happens. Too much talking and so many slow moments. I think older audiences will get more out of it. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Solid and gritty cop movie that also touches on personal life struggles with its characters, including Frank Sinatra's who has struggles with finding a serial killer and dealing with his wife's sever illness. Perhaps Sinatra's best work. Also great acting from the supporting cast including Martin Gabel, Brenda Vaccaro, Anthony Zerbe, and the great character actor Joe Spinell. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Frank Sinatra gave the performance of his life. My husband & I throughly enjoyed this movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The First Deadly Sin is an entertaining little yarn that will catch you off guard with how well done it is. Perhaps a bit slow moving at times the ambiance and mood is perfect and Sinatra is great as the detective. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A New York police detective with a bedridden wife hunts a killer who uses a mountaineer's ice ax.
Brian G. Hutton
George Pappas, Mark Shanker
Filmways Pictures
Production Co
Artanis Productions Inc., Cinema VII
Crime, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 3, 1980, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 18, 2010
1h 52m
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