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Writer (WGA):
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15 September 1989 (USA) See more »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Pacino ... Det. Frank Keller

Ellen Barkin ... Helen Cruger

John Goodman ... Det. Sherman

Michael Rooker ... Terry

William Hickey ... Frank Keller Sr.

Richard Jenkins ... Gruber

Paul Calderon ... Serafino

Gene Canfield ... Struk

Larry Joshua ... Dargan

John Spencer ... Lieutenant

Christine Estabrook ... Gina Gallagher / Lonelyheart
Barbara Baxley ... Miss Allen

Patricia Barry ... Older Woman

Mark Phelan ... Murdered Man

Michael O'Neill ... Raymond Brown
Michael Fischetti ... Doorman

Luis Antonio Ramos ... Omar Maldonado (as Luis Ramos)
Rafael Báez ... Efram Maldonado

Samuel L. Jackson ... Black Guy

Damien Leake ... Ernest Lee
Zachary Michael Simmons ... Ernest's Son

John Thaddeus ... Tommy

Joshua Nelson ... Willie
Christofer de Oni ... Supermarket Manager
Dwayne McClary ... Supermarket Cashier
Jacqueline Brookes ... Helen's Mother
Thom Curley ... Toastmaster

Fred Sanders ... Cable Supervisor
Larry Mullane ... Clipboard Guy #2
Anthony Calanese ... Clipboard Guy #3 (as Anthony Catanese)
Thomas Wagner ... Pete, Bartender

Manny Alfaro ... Doorman

Brian Paul ... James Mackey
Deborah Taylor ... Tense Woman
Ferne Downey ... Sasha
Gerald Lenton ... Murdered Man
Nancy Beatty ... Raymond Brown's Wife
Arun Greenaway ... Raymond Brown's Kid
Nicolina Greenaway ... Raymond Brown's Kid (as Nicolina Greenway)
Tony De Santis ... Clipboard Guy #1

Jackie Laidlaw ... Yuppie Detective #1

Paul Hubbard ... Yuppe Detective #2
Bill Haslett ... Surveillance Team Member

James Kidnie ... Surveillance Team Member
Bridget O'Sullivan ... Sherman's Wife
Delaney Moore-Wickham ... Sarah, Helen's Daughter
Franz Fridal ... Criminal Type

James O'Regan ... Hallway Cop
Wayne Best ... Hallway Cop

John Bourgeois ... Young Cop
Hugh Thompson ... Young Cop
Philip Ho ... Karate Cop
Igor Stern ... Violinist

Miranda de Pencier ... Bride
Ty Templeton ... Groom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lorraine Bracco ... Denice Gruber (scenes deleted)
David Berni ... Guy At Bar (uncredited)
Julianne Gillies ... Hostess (uncredited)

Barry Godin ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Christopher Maleki ... Detective (uncredited)
Roger Montgomery ... Detective (uncredited)

Ángel Ramírez ... Detective (uncredited)
Anita Rossi ... Wedding Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold Becker 
Writing credits
Richard Price (written by)

Produced by
Martin Bregman .... producer
Michael Bregman .... associate producer (as Michael Scott Bregman)
Louis A. Stroller .... producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Ronnie Taylor 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Production Design by
John Jay Moore 
Set Decoration by
Gordon Sim 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist: New York (as Irv Buchman)
Bryan Charbonneau .... hair stylist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist: New York
Irene Kent .... makeup artist
Production Management
Barbara Kelly .... production manager
Louis A. Stroller .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Gains .... first assistant director: New York (as Herb Gaines)
Rocco Gismondi .... second assistant director
Madeleine Henrié .... second assistant director (as Madeleine Henrie)
Donald J. Lee Jr. .... second second assistant director: New York (as Donald Lee)
Thomas J. Mack .... first assistant director (as Tom Mack)
David Sardi .... second assistant director
Michael E. Steele .... first assistant director (as Michael Steele)
Rose Tedesco .... third assistant director
Dick Ziker .... second unit director
Art Department
Boyd Allen .... head carpenter
Rob Ballantyne .... art department trainee
Richard Ferbrache .... assistant set decorator
Steven J. Jordan .... set decorator: New York (as Steve Jordan)
William Kane .... property master: New York (as Bill Kane)
Sherman Labby .... storyboard illustrator
Raman Majlath .... set dresser
Brian A. Murray .... head location carpenter
Jeff Poulis .... assistant property master
Reet Puhm .... scenic artist
Marlene Rain .... set decoration buyer
William F. Reynolds .... property master: New York (as Bill Reynolds)
Vic Rigler .... property master
Robert Topol .... scenic chargeman: New York
Wayne Wightman .... art department trainee
Sabrina Wright .... set decorator: New York
Lucinda Zak .... first assistant art director
Sound Department
Randle Akerson .... supervising sound editor
Hank Brodkin .... sound assistant
Norval D. Crutcher .... supervising sound editor (as Norval Crutcher)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor (as Samuel Crutcher)
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Dino Dimuro .... sound editor
Lauren Filson .... adr editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Denise Horta .... adr editor
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Bruce Lacey .... sound editor
Ron Meredith .... sound assistant
Steve Scanlon .... sound mixer: New York
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Michael R. Tromer .... sound mixer: New York (as Michael Tromer)
Keith A. Wester .... sound mixer (as Keith Wester)
Norval D. Crutcher III .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Steve Kohler .... foley recordist (uncredited)
John Motyer .... location sound playback (uncredited)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Kenny Bates .... stunts
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Shane Cardwell .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Hank Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Rick Parker .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Chmura .... camera operator
Robert Connors .... best boy electric: New York (as Robert G. Conners)
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer: New York (as Adger Cowans)
Robert Daprato .... dolly grip (as Robert De Prato)
Angelo Di Giacomo .... first assistant camera: New York
Robert Dolan .... gaffer: New York (as Bobby Dolan)
Yves Drapeau .... first assistant camera
Liz Dubelman .... second assistant camera: New York (as Elizabeth Dubelman)
Howard Galbraith .... best boy (as Howie Galbraith)
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (as Vincent Gerardo)
Michael Hall .... first assistant camera
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer: New York
Adam Holender .... additional photographer
Jimmy E. Jensen .... assistant camera: Los Angeles
Thomas Jirgal .... best boy grip: New York (as Thomas 'Casey' Jirgal)
Horace Jordan .... first assistant camera (as Hobbie Jordan)
Chaim Kantor .... second assistant camera: New York
Bobby Mancuso .... second assistant camera: New York (as Robert Mancuso)
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator: New York
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Mike Miller .... key grip: New York (as Michael Miller)
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator: New York (as Richard Mingalone)
Robert Paone .... first assistant camera: New York
Rick Perotto .... second assistant camera
James Pollard .... key grip: New York (as James H. Pollard)
Kyle Rudolph .... Steadicam operator: New York (as Kyle C. Rudolph)
Michael Stone .... camera operator: New York
Randy Tambling .... grip
Rae Thurston .... gaffer
Robert Aguirre .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: New York (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting: New York
Scott Mansfield .... extras casting
Joy Todd .... extras casting: New York
Hedy Stempler .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gail Filman .... wardrobe mistress
Jennifer Nichols .... wardrobe: New York
Walter Rivera .... wardrobe: New York
Rosalie Wallace .... wardrobe: New York
Debi Weldon .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Francine Fleishman .... assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Charlene Olson .... assistant editor
Irvin Paik .... assistant editor
Ray Sabo .... negative cutter
Haydn Streeter .... assistant editor (as Hayden Streeter)
John Wright .... additional editor
Music Department
Julian Bratolyubov .... music copyist
Dan Carlin Sr. .... supervising music editor
Kathy Durning .... music editor
John Richards .... scoring mixer: Evergreen Studios
Transportation Department
Tom Leavey .... transportation captain: New York (as Tom Leavey Jr.)
Neil Montgomerie .... transportation coordinator
Frank Singer .... transportation captain
James Sweeney .... transportation captain: New York (as Jim Sweeney)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Joe Barzo .... assistant location manager
Debra Beers .... location manager
Susan Biesack .... assistant: Mr. Becker
Toni Blay .... production coordinator
Laurie Boyle .... assistant to producer: Toronto
Christopher Bregman .... production associate: New York
Karen de Montbrun .... assistant accountant (as Karen Demontbrun)
Joan Eisenberg .... unit publicist
Roberta Hodes .... script supervisor: New York
Ira Katz .... additional voice (as Stephen Weller)
Michael Klawitter .... assistant to producer: Los Angeles
Geri Krowlikowksi .... production associate: New York
Cabrini Lepis .... craft service: New York
Joanna Lipari .... additional voice
Margot Lulick .... location assistant: New York
Deborah Lupard .... production associate: New York
Ruth Manning .... additional voice
Soomi Marano .... production office coordinator: New York
Geni Marino .... assistant to producer: New York
David McCharen .... additional voice
Blanche McDermaid .... script supervisor
Maggie Murphy .... production associate: New York
Margery Nelson .... additional voice
Sheila Paige .... script supervisor: New York
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager: New York
Anne Richardson .... assistant location manager
Christina Ritzmann .... production head: New York
Regina Robb .... production secretary
Ann Ross .... additional voice
Vernon Scott .... additional voice
Carol Ann Susi .... additional voice
Steve Susskind .... additional voice
Joel Weiss .... additional voice
George Zaver .... additional voice
Deborah Bacquel .... production accountant: New York (uncredited)
Evelyn Fitzgerald .... assistant production coordinator: New York (uncredited)
Bruce Roberts .... location asst (uncredited)
David Rusaw .... stand-in (uncredited)
Andrew Sears .... first assistant accountant: New York (uncredited)
Jon S. Trebilcock .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... additional voice (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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113 min
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Did You Know?

According to the documentary included with the DVD, included in the final cut of the film is a scene where Al Pacino's character gets rudely bumped into on 5th Avenue while trying to court Ellen Barkin's character. According to the director this was an unscripted moment caused by a real New Yorker and not an extra. Pacino incorporates the moment into his performance and continues without missing a beat.See more »
Continuity: Al Pacino's character's name is Frank Keller, yet when he is in Helen's apartment and sees his singles ad on her fridge, it clearly says "Frank Kellog".See more »
Det. Frank Keller:Come the wet ass hour, I'm EVERYBODY'S DADDY!See more »
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18 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best and Most Underrated Thrillers Ever, 9 October 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Manhattan, Detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) is an efficient and veteran cop with twenty years on the force, who is lonely and misses his ex-wife Denise. She left him to live with his colleague from the same precinct Gruber (Richard Jenkins). When a killer kills his victim with a shot on the neck and leaves a single playing "Sea of Love", Frank is in charge of the investigation. Detective Sherman, from a district outside Manhattan, joins Frank when a second victim is killed in the same MO. They find that both victims have written poetry in the lonely hearts column of the single magazine "New York Weekly". When there is a third case, Frank convinces his chief to write for the magazine and work undercover investigating the women that reply the advertisement. Frank fall in love for the prime suspect, the manager of a shoe store Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), jeopardizing his investigation.

"Sea of Love" is one of the best and most underrated thrillers ever. I do not know how many times I have seen this movie since the release in the movie theaters, then on VHS and now on DVD. The classy story is a film-noir perfectly developed, and shows one of the most erotic love scenes of the cinema history. Al Pacino is simply perfect, showing a perfect chemistry with the sexy Ellen Barkin, who is in the top of her career, and also with John Goodman. The soundtrack is also one of the most beautiful of the cinema, and the CD with eleven songs is fantastic. Samuel L Jackson, in the beginning of career, plays a criminal in the story with a minor participation. My vote is nine.

Title(Brazil): "Vítimas de uma Paixão" ("Victims of a Passion")

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