The First Deadly Sin (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

The First Deadly Sin (1980)




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The First Deadly Sin was Frank Sinatra's final starring movie vehicle. Based on a novel by Lawrence Sanders, it casts Sinatra as Edward Delaney, a big-city detective on the verge of retirement. Beset with profound personal problems--including a gravely ill wife (Faye Dunaway)--Delaney nonetheless tackles the case of an axe murderer who seemingly strikes at random. Be on the lookout for an unbilled Bruce Willis.

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Frank Sinatra
as Edward Delaney
Faye Dunaway
as Barbara Delaney
David Dukes
as Daniel Blank
Brenda Vaccaro
as Monica Gilbert
George Coe
as Dr. Bernardi
Martin Gabel
as Christopher Langley
Joe Spinell
as Doorman
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Sgt. Fernandez
Anthony Zerbe
as Capt. Broughton
James Whitmore
as Dr. Sanford Ferguson
Fred Fuster
as Delivery Man
Victor Arnold
as Officer Kendall
Richard Backus
as Walt Ashman
Rosalyn Braverman
as Woman on Step
Leila Danette
as Woman on Step
Jon De Vries
as Calvin Samtell
Ramon Franco
as Boy #2 on Bus
Hugh Hurd
as Ben Johnson
Eddie Jones
as Officer Curdy
Larry Loonin
as Hardware Salesman
Anna Navarro
as Sunny Jordeen
Frederick Rolf
as Judge James Braggs
Robert Weil
as Sol Appel
Bruce Willis
as Man entering diner as Delaney leaves (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The First Deadly Sin

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Who would have thought, in all honesty, that Frank Sinatra had this performance still left in him?

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is decent enough, and Sinatra is easy to believe and to take in the cliched role.

December 17, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Forgettable Sinatra vehicle, beneath the Chairman's talents.

June 8, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

A atenção com os detalhes e a preocupação com o realismo, ao lado da atuação sóbria de Sinatra, colocam o filme acima de outros exemplares do gênero (mesmo trazendo um assassino desinteressante).

May 29, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

The First Deadly Sin reveals just how crucial citizens are in the solution to a crime.

January 29, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The First Deadly Sin

3 stars for the storyline between Faye Dunaway's & Frank Sinatra's husband & wife characters.You could feel the love & tell he really cared about her & she about him.The storyline about the axe murderer & Sinatra's cop character chasing after him felt average & almost boring.At times I felt like skipping over them just to see the husband/wife scenes to see where it would lead.The ending wasn't what I was hoping for but I kinda figured out that it was gonna happen :(

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Brody Manson

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