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City by the Sea -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Mike McAlary (article)
Ken Hixon (screenplay)
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6 September 2002 (USA) See more »
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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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Cast

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Robert De Niro ... Vincent LaMarca

Frances McDormand ... Michelle

James Franco ... Joey

Eliza Dushku ... Gina

William Forsythe ... Spyder

Patti LuPone ... Maggie (as Patti Lupone)

Anson Mount ... Dave Simon

John Doman ... Henderson

Brian Tarantina ... Snake

Drena De Niro ... Vanessa Hansen
Michael P. Moran ... Herb

Nestor Serrano ... Rossi

Matthew Cowles ... Arnie

Linda Emond ... Margery

Cyrus Farmer ... Carl

George Dzundza ... Reg Duffy
Jay Boryea ... Picasso

Leo Burmester ... Lieutenant Katt
Gregg Edelman ... A.P.C. Johnson
Jason Winther ... Jason

Orlando Pabotoy ... Will (as Orlando Pabjoy)

Leslie Cohen ... Jean
Michelle Daimer ... Terry

Stephi Lineburg ... Bree (as Stephi Lineberg)
Mark La Mura ... Mayor Jackson
Jill Marie Lawrence ... Evelyn
Teresa Kelsey ... Reporter Laura
Teresa Woods ... Reporter Carol
Michael Della Femina ... Angelo LaMarca
Jim Marcus ... Medical Examiner
Joanne Lamstein ... Screaming Teenager
Dominick Angelo Cangro ... Baby Angelo
Pasquale Enrico Cangro ... Baby Angelo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby J. Brown ... Uniform Cop (uncredited)

Michael Caton-Jones ... Man in Subway Train (uncredited)
Jonah Falcon ... Fast Food Employee (uncredited)

Angel Feliciano ... Tom (uncredited)
Rodney Holland ... Spyder's Main Drug Dealer (uncredited)
Chris Huvane ... Uniform Cop (uncredited)
Christopher Jumper ... Young Vincent LaMarca (uncredited)

Pete Macnamara ... Uniform Cop (uncredited)

Riley G. Matthews Jr. ... Detective with Megaphone (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Caton-Jones 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mike McAlary (article Mark of a Murderer) (as Michael McAlary)

Ken Hixon (screenplay)

Produced by
Matthew Baer .... producer
Don Carmody .... executive producer
Michael Caton-Jones .... producer
Brad Grey .... producer
Dan Klores .... executive producer
Roger Paradiso .... executive producer
Elie Samaha .... producer
Andrew Stevens .... executive producer
Laura Viederman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
John Murphy 
 
Cinematography by
Karl Walter Lindenlaub (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich  (as Cathy Sandrich Gelfond)
 
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
 
Art Direction by
Patricia Woodbridge 
 
Set Decoration by
Lynn Tonnessen  (as B. Lynn Tonnesson)
 
Costume Design by
Richard Owings 
 
Makeup Department
Leonard Drake .... key hair stylist
Lisa Hazell .... assistant hair stylist
Ilona Herman .... hair stylist: Mr. DeNiro
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. DeNiro
Nicki Ledermann .... key makeup artist (as Nicki Lederman)
Neal Martz .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Eddy Collyns .... unit manager
Kristen Figeroid .... post-production supervisor
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Roger Paradiso .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shawn Griffith .... second assistant director
Deanna Leslie .... second second assistant director
Michael Pitt .... first assistant director: second unit
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Tom Reilly)
Eric Yellin .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Donald Caruthers .... illustrator
Barbara Cohig .... scenic
Paul Dale .... foreman scenic
Joseph DeLuca .... on-set dresser (as Joby Deluca)
Wilfredo Feliciano .... scenic shopman
Sarah Frank .... graphic artist
Jamie Gallagher .... second key shop electric
Glenn Gertsen .... shop craft foreman: Asbury Park
Scott Gertsen .... shop craft foreman
James Geyer .... scenic
Jeffrey L. Glave .... scenic charge (as Jeff Glave)
Rafael Gonell .... art department assistant
Robert Griffon Jr. .... property master (as Bob Griffon)
Denise Gurkas .... stand-by scenic
Jay Halligan .... first construction grip
Paul Halligan .... construction grip
Thomas E. Halligan .... key construction grip (as Thomas Halligan)
Kenneth Hammer .... construction coordinator: Asbury Park (as Ken Hammer)
Gary Hildebrand .... key shop electric (as Gary Hildrebrand)
Andrew Houseworth .... shop manager (as Andrew 'Drew' Houseworth)
Darrell K. Keister .... assistant art director
Emily Klimkiewicz .... art department assistant
Eric Lewin .... first set dresser
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist
Peter Matejcyk .... shop craft
Michele Mayas .... scenic
Vinny Mazzarella .... set dresser
John McDonnell .... assistant property master
Fred Merusi .... construction coordinator
Gregory Morell .... third property (as Greg Morell)
Anthony Munafo .... set dresser (as Anthony G. Munapo)
Dennis Murray .... set dresser
Gerarda Pizzarello .... scenic
Louis J. Porzio .... shop craft (as Louis Porzio)
Nixon Stephenson .... storyboard artist
Mark van Rossen .... third shop electric (as Mark Van Rossen)
Chris Vogt .... leadman: Asbury Park
Ron Waters .... art department assistant
Dave Weinman .... leadman
Alyson Wellins .... art department coordinator
Charlie Whitney .... stand-by carpenter (as Charles Whitney)
Kevin P. Williams .... construction grip
Paul J. Wilson .... construction grip
Daniel Geary .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Neal J. Anderson .... dialogue editor (as Neal Anderson)
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Stu Bernstein .... sound effects editor (as Stewart Bernstein)
Glenn D. Bloom .... sound mixer: second unit (as Glenn Bloom)
David Boulton .... adr mixer (as David Bolton)
John Cannon .... assistant sound editor (as John G. Cannon)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Joe Earle .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... assistant sound editor
Ann Hadsell .... adr mixer
Michael Hertlein .... foley editor
John Keating .... stereo sound consultant: DTS
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as Dianne Marshall)
Dave McMoyler .... supervising sound editor
Tom Nelson .... sound mixer
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer
Doug Reed .... foley artist
Perry Robertson .... sound effects editor (as Perry D. Robertson)
Daniel Rosenblum .... boom operator (as Daniel Rosenbaum)
Mike Schmidt .... cable person
Mike Schmidt .... second boom operator
Frederick H. Stahly .... adr editor
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue editor
Patrick Stoltz .... chief re-recording engineer (as Pat Stoltz)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Trevor Ward .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Drew Webster .... digital sound mix technician
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydell)
Barney Cabral .... sound editor (uncredited)
Daniel L. Griffiths .... additional recording engineer (uncredited)
Ron Kalish .... sound editor (uncredited)
Igor Nikolic .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Larry Wineland .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James R. Bilz .... special effects assistant (as James Bilz)
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... special effects assistant (as Conrad Brink Jr.)
Connie Brink .... special effects coordinator
Harold McConnell Jr. .... special effects assistant (as Harold McConnell)
 
Visual Effects by
John E. Sullivan .... visual effects supervisor (as John F. Sullivan)
Simon Taylor .... visual effects supervisor
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jonathan Flack .... visual effects (uncredited)
Christopher Otto Gallagher .... visual effects (uncredited)
Jeff Wells .... digital compositor: Pacific Title Digital (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunts (as Danny Aiello)
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Jay Boryea .... stunts (as Jay M. Boryea)
Paul Bucossi .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
Jay Carrado .... stunts
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts (as Christopher Cenatiempo)
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
Darren Cerullo .... stunts
Frank Ferrara Jr. .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunt coordinator
Ralph Ferrara .... stunts
Tim Gallin .... stunts
Tony Guida .... stunts
Cort Hessler .... stunts
Joanne Lamstein .... stunts
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
Jodi Michelle Pynn .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Michael C. Russo)
Chuck Zito .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Anderson .... camera operator: betacam camera, second unit
Bruce Atwater .... electrician: second unit
John Bolz .... rigging grip
Dave Cambria .... lamp operator (as David Cambria)
Michael Cambria .... second assistant camera (as Mike Cambria)
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer (as Philip V. Caruso)
Andrew Casey .... camera operator
Francesca Cobaco .... lamp operator (as Fran Corbacho)
Charles Colon .... grip
Steve Comesky .... best boy
Gavin Curran .... lamp operator
Glenn Davis .... lamp operator
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator
Michael J. Delaney .... generator operator (as Mike Delaney)
James Domorski .... 24 frame video operator (as James Domarski)
Damien F. Donohue .... grip (as Damien Donohue)
Gene Engels .... gaffer (as Gene Engel)
Patrick Fontana .... lamp operator
Thomas Ford .... rigging gaffer (as Tom Ford)
Carlos Omar Guerra .... first assistant camera (as Carlos Guerra)
James Harker .... lamp operator
William Hines .... rigging electrician (as Billy Hines)
Sarosh Hussain .... second assistant camera: second unit
Frances 'Buddy' McBride .... rigging gaffer (as Francis 'Buddy' McBride)
Joe McCabe .... rigging grip
Robert McGavin .... best boy (as Bob McGavin)
Robert McGavin .... gaffer: second unit (as Bob McGavin)
Patrick McGrath .... dolly grip (as Pat McGrath)
John Milcetic .... lamp operator
John Mitchell .... lamp operator
Richie Montgomery .... best boy (as Rich Montgomery)
Neil Orlowski .... camera loader
Hernan Otaño .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Mike Otano)
Billy Patsos .... key grip
Louis Petraglia .... rigging electrician
Ozzy Phothivongsa .... lamp operator
Ronald Plant .... rigging key grip
Chris Primavera .... rigging grip
Joseph Proscia .... grip
Declan Quinn .... additional photographer
Gerard Sava .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gerard Sava .... director of photography: second unit
I. Nate Scaglione .... lamp operator (as Nate Scaglione)
Tom Schnaidt .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Frank Schumo .... grip (as Frank Schiumo)
Robert Sciretta .... gaffer (as Bob Sciretta)
Blackford 'Boots' Shelton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Boots Shelton)
Michael Slovis .... director of photography: second unit
Igor Srubshchik .... video assist operator
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera (as Stu Stein)
Kyle Stephens .... generator operator
Brian Stocklin .... lamp operator
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera
Joel Tishcoff .... rigging best boy (as Joel Tischoff)
Jendra Jarnagin .... additional rigging electrician (uncredited)
Sean McCardell .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Darren Ryan .... video assist operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sig De Miguel .... casting associate (as Sig Demiguel)
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Lee Genick .... extras casting associate
James Mattram .... extras casting associate (as James Mottram)
Wendy Weidman .... casting associate
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pashelle Clayton-Robinson .... wardrobe supervisor (as Pashelle L. Clayton)
Marcie Olivi .... costumer: Mr. DeNiro (as Marci Olivi)
Edwin Pabon .... assistant costume designer
Paul A. Simmons Jr. .... wardrobe supervisor
Omar J. Simmons .... wardrobe supervisor (as Omar Simmons)
Marta Font .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Boucher .... assistant editor: avid, London
Lynn Culbertson .... editing room assistant
Scott Darlington .... post-production assistant
John Gardiner .... video colorist: Post Perfect NY
Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez .... assistant editor (as Sonia Gonzalez)
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Kathy LaCommare .... first assistant film editor (as Kathy Lacommare)
Morgan Neville .... assistant editor
Maureen Norton .... executive in charge of post-production
Joel T. Pashby .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Matt Poll .... video colorist: Post Perfect NY
Aaron Rottinghaus .... post-production assistant
Craig Seti .... dailies supervisor
Beatrice Sisul .... assistant editor
Mitchel Stanley .... additional editor (as Mitch Stanley)
Stan Tatum .... dailies supervisor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
 
Music Department
Jason Alexander .... music supervisor
Steven Bernstein .... orchestrator (as Steven R. Bernstein)
Dan Blessinger .... score mixer
Dan Blessinger .... score recordist
Simon Denny .... score engineer
Simon Denny .... score mixer
Simon Denny .... score producer
Simon Denny .... score programmer
Simon Denny .... score recordist
Don Fleming .... music supervisor
Toby Foster .... music recordist: strings
Wayne Kaiser .... music copyist (as Wayne Kiser)
William Kidd .... conductor
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Douglas Lackey)
Michael Lloyd .... executive music producer
Ged Lynch .... musician: loops
Ged Lynch .... musician: percussions
Ben Murphy .... score production manager
Justin Taylor .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Frank J. Apicelli .... driver: Mr. Caton-Jones (as Frank Apicelli)
Tom Baeza .... driver
Ron Baum .... driver
Brian Buck .... driver
Mike Buckman .... transportation co-captain
Mike Canelli .... driver
Joe Cassella .... driver
James Chestermann .... driver
Salvatore Cicone .... driver
William Curtin .... driver (as Bill Curtin)
Jon Gallagher .... driver
Rich Gutterding .... driver
Michael Iriarte .... driver (as Mike Iriarte)
Tom Leavey .... transportation coordinator
Scott Lieberz .... driver
Gino Lucci .... picture car coordinator
Mathew Mamola .... driver
Frank Mayr .... driver
Jim McGraw .... driver
Robert McGucken .... driver
Victor Meich Jr. .... driver (as Vic Meich)
Ray Moyer .... driver
Regis Mullaney .... driver (as Regis Mulaney)
Kevin Reilly .... driver
Dominick Riccardi .... driver
Columbo Saggese .... picture car coordinator
David M. Salisbury .... driver (as Dave Salisbury)
T.J. Seccamanie III .... driver
Sonny Sherry .... driver
John Sinnott .... driver
William Speranza .... driver
Bob Trebotica .... driver
Harold Wagner .... driver
 
Other crew
Peter Anders .... craft service
Erik Anderson .... assistant: Mr. Samaha
Sarah Baker .... assistant: Mr. Caton-Jones
Jennifer Barrons .... assistant: Mr. Caton-Jones
Tiffany K. Boehmke .... business and legal affairs
Michael Boretz .... office production assistant
William L. Bourne .... parking coordinator (as Bill Bourne)
Josef Brandmaier .... slate financed by
Shari L. Carpenter .... script supervisor (as Shari Carpenter)
Adam Carroll .... set production assistant
Martha Carrozza .... unit publicist
Al Cerullo .... aerial coordinator
Al Cerullo .... pilot
Robin Chambers .... assistant: Mr. DeNiro
Santena Jenaris King Clough .... assistant: Mr. Paradiso (as Santena Jenaris King)
David Cofresi .... parking coordinator
David Cofresi .... security officer
Jennifer Collett .... location production assistant: Asbury Park
Davey Cutler .... set production assistant
Carolyn De Sousa .... script supervisor: second unit
Joan Devilla .... payroll accountant (as Joan DeVilla)
Elissa Donenfeld .... production secretary
Lori Drazen .... worldwide marketing
Milan P. Duke .... accounting clerk (as Milan Duke)
Alex Eller .... parking coordinator
Alex Eller .... security officer
Cliff Fuller .... assistant production coordinator
Cecile George .... assistant parking coordinator
Theresa C. Gillen .... set production assistant (as Theresa Gillen)
Amanda Hayward .... assistant: Mr. Carmody
Nicki Infante .... first assistant accountant
Eddie Joe .... parking coordinator
Todd Kelly .... assistant parking coordinator
Terry Ladin .... production coordinator
Kimberly Lisner .... office production assistant
Ged Lynch .... percussion and loops
Thomas Maxwell .... location scout (as Tom Maxwell)
LeRoy McCarthy .... assistant location manager
Katie McLaughlin .... office intern
Britt McMurray .... dailies apprentice
David Montero .... set production assistant (as David Montera)
Andrea O'Connor .... set production assistant
Aimee O'Shea .... assistant: Mr. Caton-Jones (as Amy O'Shea)
George Pagan .... technical advisor
Laura Parazaider .... assistant: Mr. Baer
James Paul .... second assistant accountant
Tony Phillippe .... set production assistant (as Tony Phillipe)
Lou Phillips .... production accountant (as Louis B. Phillips)
Martina Pozzi .... set production assistant
Samantha Prag .... office intern
Henry Previl .... chef
Michael Price .... assistant: Mr. Grey
Morgan H. Rector .... production financing: Comerica Entertainment Group (as Morgan Rector)
Lance Reisch .... set production assistant: second unit
Jaime Rigal .... production financing: Comerica Entertainment Group
Krissy Rudell .... set production assistant (as Kristina Hawley)
Craig Seti .... dailies supervisor
Claire Shanley .... technical support: T.H.E. Tools
Timothy Shea .... craft service (as Tim Shea)
Allan Stearns .... caterer: Coast to Coast
Maria Stearns .... caterer: Coast to Coast
Jeff Stolow .... assistant location manager
Stan Tatum .... dailies supervisor
Simon Taylor .... title designer: Tomato
Tim Trevathan .... set production assistant
Hans Turner .... chief financial officer
Jared Underwood .... production financing: Comerica Entertainment Group
Jim Valdez .... assistant: Mr. Stevens
Alex Waldron .... location scout
Ian Watermeier .... finance coordinator
Laura Williams .... production controller
Lisa Wilson .... international distribution
Charles Zalben .... location manager
Daniela Barbosa .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Brotsky .... location scout (uncredited)
Jared Cauliffe .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Chena .... stand-in: James Franco (uncredited)
Linda Sophie Chiu .... assistant: Mr. Grey, Brad Grey Pictures (uncredited)
Jordan Brendan Finnegan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Karen-Eileen Gordon .... adr voice (uncredited)
Peter Kelley .... dialogue coach: Eliza Dushku (uncredited)
Alexis Loughran .... assistant: Mr. De Niro (uncredited)
Kiersten Mikelas .... assistant: Michael Caton-Jones (uncredited)
Brian Palatucci .... set location assistant (uncredited)
Michael K. Reynolds .... chef (uncredited)
Daisy Schwartz .... assistant: Mr. De Niro (uncredited)
Al Valentine .... location manager (uncredited)
John Verni .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Albertine Anderson .... special thanks: New York City Transit Authority (as Alberteen Anderson)
Werner Baumgartner .... special thanks: Ashbury Park Historical Society
Jane P. Brawley .... special thanks: deputy commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office for Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (as Jane Brawley)
Joseph Friedman .... special thanks: Executive, New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission
Steven Gorelick .... special thanks: Associate Executive, New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission (as Steve Gorelick)
Patricia Kaufman .... special thanks: commissioner, State Governor's Office for Motion Picture & Television Development (as Pat Kaufman)
Charles Rouse .... special thanks: Executive in Charge of Special Events, City of Asbury Park, New Jersey
Kenneth Saunders .... special thanks: City of Asbury Park, New Jersey (as Mayor Kenneth Saunders)
Pat Scott .... special thanks: commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office for Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (as Patricia Reed Scott)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mark of a Murderer" - International (English title) (DVD title), USA (working title)
"The Suspect" - Philippines (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, drug use and some violence
Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A | Canada:A (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Malaysia:18SG (uncut version) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/12 (original rating) | Singapore:M18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (2003) | USA:R (certificate #38840)

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Trivia:
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:
Revealing mistakes: When they find Picasso killed, they take the money out of his jacket. The cop says there is nothing larger than a 20, and there is 4,000 dollars. Yet the wad is tiny and if it were small bills, might make up three hundred bucks at the most.See more »
Quotes:
Spyder:[to Gina at the drive-thru speaker] I'll have a bacon cheeseburger and a blowjob.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cleanflix (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pride and JoySee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Fatherhood, 26 October 2008
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Homicide detective Robert De Niro (as Vincent LaMarca) has a skeleton in his closet. Mr. De Niro's father was executed as a baby killer. However, De Niro "turned his life around" and, with help from a law-abiding father figure, became a respectable police officer. Unfortunately, he left his wife and young son on the wrong side of the tracks. Fourteen years later, De Niro's handsome son James Franco (as Joey LaMarca) has become a gaunt Long Beach junkie, with a neglected son of his own. While scoring some junk, Mr. Franco knifes a dealer, in self-defense (this is the film's opening). Then, father De Niro is assigned the task of bringing in his estranged son as a murderer...

If you give "City by the Sea" a chance, it should make a good impression, thanks to the skillfully focused cast and crew. De Niro is particularly good at elevating the story; he keeps everything real. The story is, otherwise, not structurally sound. To give an example (without giving anything away) note that Franco's opening "killing" is hardly a crime. Wouldn't the film's theme have worked better if this was a real, however warranted, passionate murder? This would strengthen the sense of loss/salvation expressed by De Niro and Franco in the final act. There are other puzzling story developments, right up until the final "beach" visit. Director Michael Caton-Jones' near-ending "auto body shop" segment is exciting, though.

******* City by the Sea (2002) Michael Caton-Jones ~ Robert De Niro, James Franco, Frances McDormand

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