Annal: 1981 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Motion Picture

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1981.

Film:The Black Marble

The Black Marble

Harold Becker

Pragmatic Sgt. Natalie Zimmerman is paired with Valnikov, a romantic detective of Russian origin who is going through a midlife crisis. They fall in love while solving the case of the kidnapping of a socialite’s pet dog.

Film:The First Deadly Sin

The First Deadly Sin

Brian G. Hutton

Lawrence Sanders’ nerve-fraying bestseller stars Frank Sinatra as a New York detective coping with his wife’s mysterious and incurable illness—and hunting an ice hammer-wielding killer.

Film:Hopscotch (1980)


Ronald Neame

Miles Kendig knows too much. One of the CIA’s top international operatives, he suddenly finds himself relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly, Kendig, with the aid of a chic Viennese widow, puts himself back in the game by writing a memoir exposing the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world. The CIA wants Kendig dead, but he refuses to cooperate—he’s having too much fun. Based on Brian Garfield’s best-selling novel, and starring the inimitable comic team of Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson, Ronald Neame’s Hopscotch is a smart and stylish tale of international intrigue and a cat-and-mouse comedy.

Film:The Man With Bogart's Face

The Man With Bogart's Face

Robert Day

Nostalgic send-up of Bogart detective films of the ‘40s boasts a spot-on impression of the famous star by Robert Sacchi, who made a career doing mostly the same. (That’s him in the Robert Zemeckis-helmed “You, Murderer” episode from Tales from the Crypt). The premise is that Sacchi plays a retired cop who gets plastic surgery to make himself look like Bogart, and then sets up shop as a private dick named Sam Marlow. But the plot is really just an excuse to pay tribute to Bogart’s detective films. Sacchi’s channeling of Bogie is so uncanny you’ll be…

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