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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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Mike McAlary (article) (as Michael McAlary), Ken Hixon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Michael P. Moran ... Herb
Nestor Serrano ... Rossi
Matthew Cowles ... Arnie
Linda Emond ... Margery
Cyrus Farmer ... Carl
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of a Murderer See more »

Filming Locations:

Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA See more »

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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Al Pacino was approached for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

When Joey and his Father are in the building surrounded by cops, and Joey fires the gun into the floor, the cop outside in the police car nearest the camera makes his hands into a gun shape instead of pointing a real gun. 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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Soundtracks

Red Sails In The Sunset
Written by Jimmy Kennedy and Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams)
Performed by Guy Lombardo
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Sad and Brilliant
1 May 2003 | by diorio2001See all my reviews

City By the Sea is definately the most depressing movie I have ever seen. It's amazing to see how much troubles one man has to endure all at once. I wasn't expecting much from this film but I was surprised at the strength that this movie has. It takes your emotions on a roller-coaster ride. Robert DeNiro has an amazing screen presence and his performance is very well done and is very convincing. It was great to see DeNiro in a role like this after seeing him in somewhat demeaning roles like that in 'Analyze This'. DeNiro is truly a powerful actor and this movie reassures that. James Franco is equally convincing as Robert DeNiro's junkie son. Some parts of the movie are so morbid that it is discouraging, but the overall excellence of City By the Sea is well worth it. At first the characters seem a little one-dimensional, but as the plot progresses all that changes. This is a very well done movie with great acting, directing and cinematography. Powerful and moving.

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