It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,
Frank Keller is a New York detective investigating a case of a serial killer who finds the victims through the lonely hearts column in newspapers. Keller falls in love with Helen, the main suspect in the case.Written by
Sami Al-Taher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ellen Barkin, in a 2011 interview with Chicago's Huffington Post, said that this movie was not her best work, didn't think Director Harold Becker liked her, but this movie did make her a household name. The article states that Barkin says that "she was forced into doing the sensual grocery store scene, where she caresses yellow peppers while wearing little under her raincoat other than a sly thigh to entice co-star Al Pacino. Barkin said she had a big fight with Becker over it, since she really didn't want to do it. Pacino was 'brilliant' and 'very generous' to work with, but the reason it's hard for her to watch, is when she views Sea of Love (1989) what the audience sees as 'attitude' on her part, is really a 'tenseness'. But through her training in method acting at the Actors Studio, she made her tenseness in that scene work for her in front of the camera. It was her first role where she was cast as 'an object of desire'." See more »
In one scene as Frank is getting out of bed, he is shown putting on his underwear. But as he gets up to pull them all the way up, you can tell that he already had them on before he got out of bed. You see the elastic band. See more »
Some of my friends thought this is one of those films that is great the first time you see it, but diminishes after that because the heavy suspense questions have been answered. However, Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin and John Goodman are all so entertaining to watch that I've always enjoyed this film no matter how many times I've seen it.
The suspense is what this film is all about, but I am fascinated with these actors, including supporting performances by Michael Rooker and William Hickey. Although her looks are a little hard and her mouth way too profane for my tastes, Barkin never looked better and sexier. That Pacino's character, "Detective Frank Keller" would fall for her is understandable, especially know what part of his anatomy is doing the "talking." However, adultery, once again is excused in this film along with other not-so-moral acts so this isn't a film you want to show to your church group. All three of the leads are very weak, ethically-speaking.
The fact that this film can go on for almost two hours with very little action and still keep you riveted to your seat speaks highly of its entertainment value. Why critics knocked it so much, I don't know. Hey, it's good entertainment. What more do you want?
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