The Detective (1968) Film Review D+

The Detective
DIRECTOR: Gordan Douglas
BOTTOM LINE: Frank Sinatra does the best he can under the circumstances, playing a policeman investigating the deaths of several gay men in New York City. However, the awful script by Abby Mann – doing for homosexuals what he did for Jews in “Judgement at Nuremberg” – and the mediocre direction by Gordon Douglas put the kibosh on everything. William Windom plays the type of gay character that makes every adolescent gay boy want to jump off a bridge. It’s awful but worth seeing as a pre-Stonewall period piece. The underperformance of “The Detective” relative to “Rosemary’s Baby” played a significant part in the Farrow-Sinatra breakup. With Lee Remick.

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