City by the Sea Movie Review 2002

Information and Film Reviews for City by the Sea the Movie

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2.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Pitch-black drama starring De Niro as NYC homicide detective La Marca, an absentee father trying to find his son Joey (Franco), a junkie on the lam for murder. Though he's not exactly a model son, La Marco is convinced Joey is not the perp who popped a loathsome drug dealer. Events force him to revisit the title's run-down Long Island city, where he must confront his bitter ex (LuPone) and the troubled past he fled 14 years ago. McDormand appears as La Marca's trusty sometime-girlfriend. Suffers from overwrought, lengthy exposition, mostly via De Niro (not exactly his specialty). Overacting only exposes a depressing, overcooked script. Loosely based on a true story.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 108 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Bad Dads, Homicide, New York, New York, Police Detectives, Divorce, True Crime, Adapted from an Article, Drug Use & Abuse
Ken Hixon
Robert De Niro, James Franco, Frances McDormand, Eliza Dushku, William Forsythe, George Dzundza, Patti LuPone, Anson Mount, John Doman, Brian Tarantina, Nestor Serrano, Leo Burmester
Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Michael Caton-Jones
John Murphy
Tom Nelson, Jason Alexander, Don Fleming, Jim Clark, Patricia Woodbridge, Richard Owings, Jane Musky
Brad Grey, Elie Samaha, Michael Caton-Jones, Matthew Baer, Franchise Pictures, Warner Bros.

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