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City by the Sea (2002)

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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Mark of a Murderer  »

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$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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Trivia

Robert De Niro and William Forsythe previously appeared together in Once Upon a Time in America (1984). See more »

Goofs

Joey sells his football ring but is still wearing it in subsequent scenes. See more »

Quotes

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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This motion picture was not actually filmed in Long Beach, New York. See more »

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Pride and Joy
Written by Marvin Gaye, William Stevenson and Norman Whitfield (as Norman J. Whitfield)
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Underrated Drama
30 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very good movie. I do not understand why so many of the comments here are negative. The plot is great with no holes. The characters are well developed and the acting is top notch. Maybe the lack of computer animation or computer generated special effects or car chases or machine guns blazing away turned some of you off. If you like dramas that are heavy on acting and character development, you will like this movie. The filming locations are very fascinating too. I am not sure where the boardwalk scenes are filmed (Asbury NJ or Yonkers NY) but it looks just like a formerly popular beach front local, that is now a ghost town. Very underrated by the IMDb voters.


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