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City by the Sea (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  6 September 2002 (USA)
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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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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$566,358 (Brazil) (30 May 2003)
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Michael Caton-Jones was unhappy with the final result and said that working on this film for 3 years was the worst and most depressing period of his career. See more »

Goofs

When Joey and his Father are in the building surrounded by cops, Joey looks through a glass window pane which then disappears, reappears and is then broken out by Joey in consecutive shots. See more »

Quotes

Vincent LaMarca: It's Him. Joey. He's my son.
Dave Simon: Jesus Christ! I'm sorry.
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This motion picture was not actually filmed in Long Beach, New York. See more »

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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Curious Mind (Um Um Um Um Um Um)
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Major Lance
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By Arrangement with Sony Records
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VERY MOVING, VERY POIGNANT
7 April 2003 | by (Dallas TX USA) – See all my reviews

The problem with this movie is that it has real substance, real integrity. Men won't like it because it's much too serious, and the bodycount is relatively low. Women won't like it because the message is for men.

But let there be no mistake about this picture. It is first class storytelling with a first rate group of actors. And the result is a terrific picture that is hardly predictable (no matter what other reviewers might opine).

City By The Sea is a dark, unrelenting look into a dysfunctional family. It addresses the frailty and imperfection of a father who chose to retreat rather than to fight for his son during a divorce. It shows the near-total destruction of the son based on his father's absence.

But it also tells the story of a father's epiphany, a son's salvation, and brutal truths which guide this movie to one of the more compelling denouements I've seen in years.

No, this movie isn't for everyone. If you go to the theater simply for distraction, choose another movie. If you bring a clicker to the movie so you can count the number of dead and maimed, this one will disappoint.

But if you want to watch some great craftsmen dissect some touchy subjects and do so while constructing a very intriguing whodunit, this is YOUR movie. A 6.2 reviewer rating makes me wonder who's doing the reviewing.


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