Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on the novel by Roderick Thorp. Director: Gordon Douglas.
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Frank Sinatra puts in a terrific performance as Joe Leland, a hard-nosed, tough New York City detective who lives his life according to his own sense of personal honor. When Leland is tasked with solving a brutal murder of man known to be a homosexual, he must not only race against time to solve the crime if he is to get his promotion, he also needs to be cognizant of the sensitive nature of the case this is , not The plot also delves deep his personal life.
Understandably so, given that his wife, a sociology professor Lee Remick is essentially a sex addict and has repeatedly cheated on him.
A cheating wife to him is against his personal code of how things are supposed to be between a husband and his wife. Indeed, not ten minutes into the movie, right after the scene in which Leland discovers the mutilated body of the gay socialite, does the film shift to a nearly twenty minute flashback that has nothing to do with the crime.
I almost wanted to stop watching. Thorp wrote a novel about a detective, the movies made it into a detective movie and forgot the novel part. At that, glimpses of what could have been peek through.
I never read the book, although it was a much talked about bestseller at the time. There is never a time that comes when you can say that you know everything you ought to know.
Either way, she was married to The Devil. Name required. Mail will not be published required.
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