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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Steve Shagan, Mann Rubin
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 1999


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
Ramon Franco
as Boy #2 on Bus
Hugh Hurd
as Ben Johnson
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 a...
Eddie Jones
as Officer Curdy
Tom Signorelli
as Carl Lucas
Bill Couch
as Albert Feinberg
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Critic Reviews for The First Deadly Sin

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 17, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Forgettable Sinatra vehicle, beneath the Chairman's talents.

June 8, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Audience Reviews for The First Deadly Sin

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.


a crackling police thriller with a hard emotional twist. sinatra shines in his final film role. not many movies like this made any more.

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 :(

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

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