Sea of Love (1989)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  15 September 1989 (USA)
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A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Gallagher / Lonelyheart
Barbara Baxley ...
Miss Allen
Older Woman
Murdered Man
Raymond Brown


Frank Keller is a New York detective investigating a case of a serial killer who finds the victims through the lonely hearts column in newspapers. Keller falls in love with Helen, the main suspect in the case. Written by Sami Al-Taher <>

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15 September 1989 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)


$58,571,513 (USA)

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The meaning and relevance of this movie's "Sea of Love" title refers to the pool of murdered male victims that have resulted from a series of one night stands derived from lonely hearts advertisements in a New York singles magazine. See more »


At her first visit to Franck's apartment, Helen goes to the bathroom and returns with a bathrobe on. When they kiss, it can be seen that she wears her panties. A few seconds later, when she drops the bathrobe, she doesn't wear any. See more »


Frank Keller Sr.: [a poem by Frank's mother written in 1934 while she was in high school] I live alone within myself, like a hut within the woods; I keep my heart high upon the shelf, barren of other goods; I need another's arms to reach for it, and place it where it belongs. I need another's touch and smile, to fill my hut with songs.
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Referenced in Brooklyn's Finest (2009) See more »


Written by J.J. Johnson
Performed by Branford Marsalis
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licesing Department
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I Remember Sea of Love -
3 November 2006 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I've watched it many times and never get tired of it. "Sea of Love" is one of few films where Al Pacino is very sexy, and it is adds to the film's many pleasures. The rest of them are - well constructed story of a New York Homicide cop (Pacino) attracted to a mysterious blond woman with a charming crooked grin (Ellen Barkin - talented, sexy and underrated actress) who may or may not be a serial killer. The chemistry between Pacino and Barkin is powerful and undeniable and the love scenes between them are among the best and most memorable ever filmed. John Goodman is very good as Pacino's partner and friend and yes I love the soundtrack and the title song.

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