The Detective

1968

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

3
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 44%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 2371

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Robert Duvall as Nestor
Jacqueline Bisset as Norma MacIver
Frank Sinatra as Joe Leland
Bette Midler as Girl at Party
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809.35 MB
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23.976 fps
1hr 54 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 54 min
P/S 1 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 7 / 10

Very entertaining drama

I thought I was in for another Tony Rome when I rented The Detective: a silly, 1960s screwball detective comedy that made incessant sex jokes to celebrate the end of the Hays Code. Boy, was I wrong! The Detective is a very heavy drama, and while it absolutely takes advantage of the drop of the Hollywood censors, it does so very tastefully. There's nothing funny about this movie, and unlike many 60s movies, it's not dated.

Frank Sinatra plays the title character, and the plot alternates between his work life and his home life, showing his strain as he juggles being a detective with being a man. He falls into a whirlwind romance with beautiful Lee Remick, and the love scenes are steamy without being obscene, a combination that helps keep the movie classy.

The film discusses touchy issues like murder, the death penalty, homosexuality, nymphomania, and police confession tactics. Frank Sinatra gives a wonderfully conflicted performance; on one hand, he objects to using inhumane tactics on murder suspects, and on the other, he treats his wife disrespectfully when he comes home. "I came here to ball—ain't that what you do best?" he shouts during an argument. On the third hand, does she perhaps deserve this treatment? Watch The Detective to find out! It's entertaining and the acting is very good. I recommend it! DLM Warning: There's one scene where someone jumps from the top of a building and the camera spins out of control during the fall. It's about halfway through the movie, so keep on the lookout.

Reviewed by alexanderdavies-99382 8 / 10

A daring but worthy cop thriller.

"The Detective" was a daring film for the times - it begs the question: how many mainstream films were there that included any gay characters? Not many at all. "The Detective" pushed the envelope in that sense and proves to be a successful attempt in presenting characters that could be described as being "underdogs." Frank Sinatra is very good as the New York police officer who is on the case of a murdered homosexual whose body is discovered in his apartment. Respected character actor William Windom is on hand to deliver one of his finest performances. Jack Klugman, Robert Duvall and Lloyd Bochner provide excellent support. There are a few twists and turns along the way and the explanation given at the end, ties up the film very well. This film deserves a much higher rating than a 6.5 - some people don't know what they are missing!

Reviewed by Tweekums 8 / 10

Frank Sinatra impresses in this solid police drama

Sergeant Joe Leland is a tough New York homicide detective with an impressive clean up rate and a reputation for rubbing the wrong people the wrong way. His latest case involves the murder of a homosexual man who had been left naked and mutilated in his apartment. He is under pressure for a quick result as he is told his promotion will be virtually guaranteed if he solves the case quickly. He is unimpressed by the way fellow officers treat members of the gay community and it isn't long before his more softly-softly approach gains a confession… even though he isn't certain of his guilt. The man is convicted and executed and newly promoted Lt Leland moves on with his life. Then a woman comes into his station asking him to reopen the investigation of her husband's death; it was judged a suicide but she is sure he would never have killed himself. As he investigates he discovers that the man had been helping some very powerful people get rich at the expense of some of the city's most needy people; something that puts him in danger and would certainly provide a motive for murder. The actual story behind the man's death is actually more shocking and forces Joe to examine his future on the force. Intertwined with these mysteries we see, partially through flashbacks, how Joe met and eventually became estranged from his wife.

When I started watching this film I expected something fairly light, perhaps because it was in a triple pack with the two 'Tony Rome' films, but it is surprisingly gritty for a film of its time. The film highlights the attitudes towards homosexuality at the time and, through our protagonist's attitudes, shows that the film makers did not agree with such attitudes. The police are shown to behave in a shocking manner… at one point a suspect is questioned while naked as an upcoming detective saw a documentary showing the Nazis using the technique! The cases were interesting but the way they were linked came as a bit of a surprise and was ultimately a bit forced. Frank Sinatra was on great form as Joe Leland and the rest of the cast, which includes plenty of familiar actors, does an impressive job too. Overall I'd certainly recommend this; there is some material that modern viewers may find offensive but this is clearly shown as a bad thing rather than something viewers should accept as okay.

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