THE FIRST DEADLY SIN
The First Deadly Sin is dreary. Stars Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway are made to look aged and rundown, the film is about their encroaching old age and this makes the film an exercise in tedium. It was no great surprise, except it seems to the filmmakers themselves, that audiences failed to flock to the film.
The film was adapted from a best-selling book, The First Deadly Sin (1973) by Lawrence Sanders, which led to three follow-ups, numerically going all the way up to The Fourth Deadly Sin (1985). In the film, the thriller aspect is incredibly lacklustre after a mildly promising build-up, the psycho of the show is cursorily shot by Frank Sinatras detective at the climax. One of the few bright moments in the film come from Martin Gabel as the armourer who joins Sinatra there is an amusing scene in a hardware store with him nonchalantly asking a clerk about the best hammer for killing a person.
The First Deadly Sin was originally to have been directed by Roman Polanski. Polanski would have been guaranteed to have made a more interesting film out of it than the eventually assigned Brian G. Hutton has. Of course, Polanski had to abandon the film after fleeing the US when he was charged with having sex with a minor.
Elsewhere, Brian G. Hutton is mostly known for war films such as Where Eagles Dare (1968) and Kelly's Heroes (1970). His one other film of genre interest was the Elizabeth Taylor psycho-thriller Night Watch (1973).
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