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(1989)

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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.
Novelist Richard Price originally wrote the screenplay for Dustin Hoffman, but he wanted too many rewrites so Al Pacino took over the role.
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When Frank Keller is trying to convince his Lieutenant to let him try the restaurant sting operation without wearing a wire, he says "What is she gonna do, confess? Shoot me? We're in a restaurant!!" Al Pacino famously played Michael Corleone in a scene where he shot a cop in a restaurant, which was also supposed to be improbable.
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Fourth of five cinema movie collaborations of actor Al Pacino and producer Martin Bregman. The films are Serpico (1973), Scarface (1983), Sea of Love (1989), Carlito's Way (1993) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
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The apprehension of criminals by arranging a "Meet the Yankees" breakfast was based on an actual event.
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Ellen Barkin, in a 2011 interview with Chicago's Huffington Post, said that this movie was not her best work, didn't think director Harold Becker liked her but the picture did make her a household name. The article states that Barkin says that "she was forced into doing the sensual grocery store scene where she caresses yellow peppers while wearing little under her raincoat other than a sly thigh to entice co-star Al Pacino. Barkin said she had a big fight with the director over it since she really didn't want to do it...Pacino was 'brilliant' and 'very generous' to work with, but the reason it's hard for her to watch is when she views Sea of Love (1989) what the audience sees as 'attitude' on her part, is really a 'tenseness'. But through her training in method acting at the Actors Studio, she made her tenseness in that scene work for her in front of the camera. It was her first role where she was cast as 'an object of desire'."
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Actor Al Pacino's first movie in four years. Pacino's last film at the time had been 1985's Revolution (1985).
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The film represented the end and the start of a four year hiatus for actor Al Pacino and director Harold Becker respectively. Pacino had not made a film for four years since 1985's Revolution (1985) whilst director Harold Becker would not direct another feature film for four years until 1993's Malice (1993).
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Sea of Love (1989) is often credited as the film that pulled Al Pacino out of a slump of failures he'd starred in throughout the 1980s.
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The movie was filmed between May and September 1988.
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Breakthrough film role of actress Ellen Barkin.
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Actor Michael Rooker got cast in this movie based on his title role performance in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986).
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In the final scene, when Frank and Helen are walking down the street, some of the passersby glance at Pacino, obviously recognizing him.
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Scenes with Lorraine Bracco as Pacino's ex-wife were filmed but cut from the final product. They've been restored for TV screenings of Sea of Love (1989).
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Harold Becker replaced Gregory Hoblit as director.
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There are two renditions of the 1950s song "Sea of Love" heard in the movie. This included the original 1959 recording performed by Phil Phillips with the Twilights and a then new 1980s end title version performed by Tom Waits.
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The nick-name of the serial killer was "The Shooter".
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At 1:22 59 In the restaurant scene the violinist is playing "Strangers in the Night". The song was also used in Al Pacino's Scarface (1983) during the shootout scene.
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This major motion picture involved a considerable amount of filming at night-time.
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First of two film collaborations of actor Al Pacino and director Harold Becker. The second movie was about seven years later with 1996's City Hall (1996).
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The fall from the ninth story window scene was performed by stuntman and stunt co-ordinator Dick Ziker at West 84th Street in New York City.
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Both of the movie's stars, Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin, were method actors.
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One of two late 1980s Hollywood thrillers with a title based on a famous song. The other was Ridley Scott's 1987 film Someone to Watch Over Me (1987). Both movies were set in New York City and both pictures prominently feature their famous tunes in each's film.
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In addition to the deleted scenes from the DVD and the Lorraine Bracco scenes from the TV premiere, the theatrical trailer features a glimpse at yet another scene not in the final cut. In it a guy recognizes Keller and draws a gun on him to which Keller does the same and says "Don't you move!".
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The interiors and sound stage set sequences for this New York set movie were filmed in Toronto instead of the Big Apple. The exteriors were still shot in New York with most of them being filmed in the city's Upper West Side.
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Director Harold Becker had previously directed two police dramas, both filmed adaptations of Joseph Wambaugh novels, they being 1979's The Onion Field (1979) and 1980's The Black Marble (1980).
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First cop movie directed by Harold Becker that was not an adaptation of a novel by Joseph Wambaugh.
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This New York set picture that filmed its location exteriors there featured such locales in the Big Apple such as Queens, The Bronx, Broadway in the 70s, the Taft House in East Harlem, Eighth Avenue, O'Neals Balloon near the Lincoln Center, East 57th Street, West End Avenue, West 84th Street, Amsterdam Avenue and the 59th Street Bridge.
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Due to interiors being shot in Toronto and exteriors being filmed in New York, much attention to detail needed to be made for continuity to make sure that portions of shots relating to the same sequences actually matched.
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Star Billing: Al Pacino (1st), Ellen Barkin (2nd) and John Goodman (3rd).
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The film was released only about a year after Irish rock band The Adventurers had released in 1988 an unrelated album called "The Sea of Love".
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Actress Ellen Barkin played a character, Helen Cruger, who had a first name that rhymed with her own.
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Principal photography on this picture was a "long shoot" according to producer Martin Bregman. It ran from start to finish for a period of about four to five months.
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First major sex symbol role of actress Ellen Barkin.
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A short fourteen minute behind-the-scenes making-of video documentary was made about this movie in 2003. Entitled, The Creation of: 'Sea of Love' (2003), it is available on some of the DVDs for this film.
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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.
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The Lonely Hearts advertisement in the singles magazine that the NYPD took out was a poem by Frank Keller (Al Pacino)'s mother written in 1934 while she was in high school. The ad read: "Lady - I live alone within myself like a hut within the woods. I keep my heart high upon a shelf barren of other goods. I need another's touch and smile to fill my hut with songs. I remain; a single, white, male, 42. NYW POB 233".
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One of two 1989 movies starring actress Ellen Barkin which were first released in that year. The other major motion picture was Johnny Handsome (1989).
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The city of Toronto in Canada was selected quite early on during the pre-production period of this movie for shooting of scenes which were interiors and would be shot inside on studio sound stages.
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One of two 1989 movies starring actress John Goodman which were first released in that year. The other film was Steven Spielberg's Always (1989).
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Al Pacino was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama at the 1990 Golden Globe Awards for this movie but lost out to Tom Cruise for Born on the Fourth of July (1989).
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Final film directed by Harold Becker for about four years with his next picture that he directed not being until 1993 with Malice (1993).
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The movie's title is derived from the classic 1950s song of the same "Sea of Love" name. According to Wikipedia, the 1959 tune was the subject of this movie and was "written by John Phillip Baptiste (aka Phil Phillips) and George Khoury. Phillips' 1959 recording of the song peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100".
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Cameo 

Samuel L. Jackson:  As a Black Guy. Jackson was billed in the credits as this.
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William Hickey:  As Al Pacino's father Frank Keller Snr.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The identity of "The Shooter" was the ex-husband of Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin) - that being Terry Cruger (Michael Rooker).
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