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City by the Sea (2002)

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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 murder suspect.

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(article) (as Michael McAlary), (screenplay)
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... Vincent LaMarca
... Michelle
... Joey
... Gina
... Spyder
... Maggie (as Patti Lupone)
... Dave Simon
... Henderson
... Snake
... Vanessa Hansen
Michael P. Moran ... Herb
... Rossi
... Arnie
... Margery
... Carl
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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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Release Date:

6 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mark of a Murderer  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,935,426, 8 September 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,433,915, 10 November 2002
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In June 2001, Michael Caton-Jones and his assistant Mitchel Stanley were ordered to move to Los Angeles to finish the film, thus missing the 9/11 terrorist attacks that could have also hit the editing facility in Tribeca. See more »

Goofs

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

Vincent LaMarca: Stick the Friar Tuck act up your ass. Where's Spyder?
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Crazy Credits

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

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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Sails In The Sunset
Written by Jimmy Kennedy and Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams)
Performed by Guy Lombardo
Courtesy of MCA
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Underrated Drama
30 November 2004 | by 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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