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Vincent Lamarca, whose father was executed for a 1950s kidnapping of a child, grew up to become a police officer, only to see his own son become a murderer.

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New York City homicide detective Vincent LaMarca has forged a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, making a name for himself as a man intensely committed to his work. But on his latest case, the stakes are higher for Vincent--the suspect he's investigating is his own son. He and Joey have been painfully estranged ever since Vincent divorced his wife and left the decaying boardwalks of Long Beach, Long Island for the anonymity of Manhattan and a successful career with the NYPD. He lives his life in solitude, keeping his girlfriend at arm's length; the closest relationship he maintains is with his partner, Reg--and Vincent makes sure that stops at the precinct door. As long as Vincent lives in the protection of the present, he doesn't have to deal with the pain of his past--or his sorrow over his broken relationship with Joey. But this murder investigation is drawing Vincent home to Long Beach, the self-proclaimed City by the Sea, where the past has been waiting for him to ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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When you're searching for a killer... the last suspect you want to see is your son.


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Rated R for language, drug use and some violence | See all certifications »

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6 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,935,426 (USA) (6 September 2002)

Gross:

$22,433,915 (USA) (8 November 2002)
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In his autobiography Dream Repairman, editor Jim Clark wrote that he walked out of the post-production in mid-2001 with the film shown in Cannes incomplete with missing insert footage. Clark said that "My 70th birthday was coming up on May 24 and I wanted to be home for that. Also, I was tired of sitting in small airless rooms in New York waiting for something to happen on a film that seemed mired in inaction." See more »

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When Vincent and Joey are 'caught' by the police, eventually Joey is forced to the floor and handcuffed, and then hustled out as his father stands and watches. In the very next scene outside, Vincent is already waiting outside as the cops bring Joey out of the building. How is it possible Vincent got outside before Joey? See more »

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Vincent LaMarca: Stick the Friar Tuck act up your ass. Where's Spyder?
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Prelude Op. 28, No. 15
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Gritty Drama More Than A Crime Film
31 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a somewhat run-of-the-mill modern-day crime movie elevated by the presence of actor Robert De Niro. He plays a policeman who is a father to his druggie son, who is accused of murder.

"Vincent LaMarca" (De Niro) is torn between the guilt of being an absentee father to his kid ("Joey," played by James Franco) but still loving him enough to help him and yet still be a good, honest cop.

This is a gritty film, a bid sordid in spots. The locale is a grimy Atlantici City-type on-the- skids town by the ocean. It isn't pretty. As tough as the story can be, it's still interesting and recommended as a decent crime film. Actually, it's much more of a drama than an action-crime film....but I liked it. It's an interesting character study, as well.


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