Directed by Brian G. Hutton
Produced by Frank Sinatra, Elliott Kastner, George Pappas, Mark Shanker
Written by Lawrence Sanders (novel), Mann Rubin (screenplay)
Cast: Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, George Coe, Brenda Vaccaro
Cinematography: Jack Priestley
Editing: Eric Albertson
Music: Gordon Jenkins
Released by Filmways Pictures
Frank Sinatra hadn't made a movie in ten years, but he couldn't resist the offer to play a world-weary New York City detective hunting a serial killer while coping with his wife's incurable illness. Based on the taut bestseller by Lawrence Sanders, director Brian G. Hutton's dark, stylish film gave its star one of the meatiest roles of his career, and at 65 Sinatra was up to the task.
NYPD Inspector Edward X. Delaney is nearing retirement age, and he's been beaten down by his job, and his life. On the streets of New York, a brutal serial killer is on the loose with a mysterious and distinctive weapon, but nobody else on the force sees a pattern; in a local hospital, Delaney's wife Barbara (Faye Dunaway) lies dying of kidney disease. Between visits to the hospital, Delaney - an old-fashioned anachronism on the NYPD - immerses himself in one final case. For Sinatra, The First Deadly Sin was the last film he'd produce, and the last one in which he'd star.