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City by the Sea (2002)

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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)

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$248,609 (Brazil) (9 May 2003)

Gross:

$566,358 (Brazil) (30 May 2003)
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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 Spider runs out of the diner after Joey, the camera crew are reflected in the windows. See more »

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Michelle: He's got to choose who he wants to be.
Vincent LaMarca: Yeah, you think we got a choice? Nah, we just pretend that we got a choice.
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The "Good Bye" guy
19 February 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"City by the Sea" is all about De Niro as a New York homicide detective who views the world as black and white and has trouble dealing with the grays of interpersonal relationships. Adrift between a broken home history, an ex-wife, a companion and bed mate (McDormand), and a adult son junkie (Franco), the aging cop protag finds that forging needed reconciliations is more difficult than busting the scumbags on his beat. A solid three star drama, "City by the Sea" is a must see for De Niro fans and a good watch for anyone into gritty dramas. (B+)


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