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Sea of Love (1989)

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director:

Harold Becker

Writer:

Richard Price

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Det. Frank Keller
Ellen Barkin ... Helen Cruger
John Goodman ... Det. Sherman
Michael Rooker ... Terry
William Hickey ... Frank Keller Sr.
Richard Jenkins ... Gruber
Paul Calderon ... Serafino
Gene Canfield ... Struk
Larry Joshua ... Dargan
John Spencer ... Lieutenant
Christine Estabrook ... Gina Gallagher / Lonelyheart
Barbara Baxley ... Miss Allen
Patricia Barry ... Older Woman
Mark Phelan ... Murdered Man
Michael O'Neill ... Raymond Brown
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Storyline

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 <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

In search of a killer, he found someone who's either the love of his life... or the end of it. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prohibida obsesión See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,840, 17 September 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,571,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,879,513
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Lonely Hearts advertisement in the singles magazine, that the NYPD took out, was a poem by Frank Keller, Jr.'s (Al Pacino's) mother, written in 1934 while she was in high school. The ad read: "Lady - I live alone within myself like a hut within the woods. I keep my heart high upon a shelf barren of other goods. I need another's touch and smile to fill my hut with songs. I remain; a single, white, male, 42. NYW POB 233". See more »

Goofs

Postcards on Helen's fridge. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Helen Cruger: Do you still drink coffee?
Det. Frank Keller: Like it's going out of style.
Helen Cruger: C'mon, I'll buy you a cup.
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Alternate Versions

DVD features three deleted scenes; however, the scenes featuring are not included. The deleted scenes are as follows:
  • Keller talking to a man about his dogs on the street.
  • Keller and comrades visiting a black family's apartment.
  • Keller and Helen at a restaurant.
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Connections

Referenced in Frequency (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Times a Lady
(uncredited)
Written by Lionel Richie
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I Remember Sea of Love -
3 November 2006 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

I've watched it many times and never get tired of it. "Sea of Love" is one of few films where Al Pacino is very sexy, and it is adds to the film's many pleasures. The rest of them are - well constructed story of a New York Homicide cop (Pacino) attracted to a mysterious blond woman with a charming crooked grin (Ellen Barkin - talented, sexy and underrated actress) who may or may not be a serial killer. The chemistry between Pacino and Barkin is powerful and undeniable and the love scenes between them are among the best and most memorable ever filmed. John Goodman is very good as Pacino's partner and friend and yes I love the soundtrack and the title song.


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