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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

Bree (Stephi Lineburg) is named after Director Michael Caton-Jones' younger sister. See more »

Goofs

Joey sells his football ring but is still wearing it in subsequent scenes. See more »

Quotes

Spyder: [to Gina at the drive-thru speaker] I'll have a bacon cheeseburger and a blowjob.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »

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Out Of Reach
Written by Peter Green
Performed by John Mayall
Courtesy of MCA
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The "Good Bye" guy
19 February 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"City by the Sea" is all about De Niro as a New York homicide detective who views the world as black and white and has trouble dealing with the grays of interpersonal relationships. Adrift between a broken home history, an ex-wife, a companion and bed mate (McDormand), and a adult son junkie (Franco), the aging cop protag finds that forging needed reconciliations is more difficult than busting the scumbags on his beat. A solid three star drama, "City by the Sea" is a must see for De Niro fans and a good watch for anyone into gritty dramas. (B+)


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