City by the Sea

City by the Sea

Director: Michael Caton-Jones Cast: Robert De Niro, Frances McDormand, James Franco


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A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca (Robert DeNiro) is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police detective who has gone to great lengths to distance himself from his past; four decades earlier, Vincent's father Angelo killed a young child, and since then Vincent has carried emotional scars from this incident that he refuses to show to the world. Vincent lives alone in a small apartment building, though he has nurtured a close if tentative relationship with his downstairs neighbor, Michelle (Frances McDormand). One day, Vincent and his partner, Reg Duffy (George Dzundza), are assigned to investigate a murder when the body of a young man is found dead in a dumpster. It turns out the body was that of a drug dealer, and the dealer's partner in crime, Spyder (William Forsythe), believes the killer was one of his regular customers -- a junkie would-be musician who calls himself Snake (Brian Tarantina). City By the Sea was adapted from a piece by journalist Mike McAlary which first appeared in Esquire magazine; the cast also includes Eliza Dushku and Anson Mount.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/18/2003
UPC: 0085392208234
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Detective Vincent LaMarca
Frances McDormand Michelle
James Franco Joey LaMarca
Eliza Dushku Gina
William Forsythe Spyder
George Dzundza Reg Duffy
Patti LuPone Maggie
Anson Mount Dave Simon
John Doman Henderson
Brian Tarantina Snake
Jay M. Boryea Picasso
Leo Burmeister Lieutenant Katt
Dominick Angelo Cangro Baby Angelo
Pasquale Enrico Cangro Baby Angelo
Leslie Cohen Jean
Matthew Cowles Arnie
Michelle Daimer Terry
Drena De Niro Vanessa Hansen
Michael Dellafemina Angelo LaMarca
Gregg Edelman A.P.C. Johnson
Linda Emond Margery
Cyrus Farmer Carl
Teresa Kelsey Reporter Laura
Mark LaMura Mayor Jackson
Joanne Lamstein Screaming Teenager
Jill Marie Lawrence Evelyn
Stephi Lineburg Bree
Jim Marcus Medical Examiner
Michael P. Moran Herb
Orlando Pabjoy Will
Nestor Serrano Rossi
Jason Winther Jason
Teresa Woods Reporter Carol

Technical Credits
Michael Caton-Jones Director,Producer
Jason Alexander Musical Direction/Supervision
Jason Alexander Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthew Baer Producer
Don Carmody Executive Producer
Jim Clark Editor
Don Fleming Musical Direction/Supervision
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Brad Grey Producer
Ken Hixon Screenwriter
John Keating Consultant/advisor
Dan Klores Executive Producer
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
John Murphy Score Composer
Jane Musky Production Designer
Tom Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Owings Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Paradiso Executive Producer
Tom Reilly Asst. Director
Elie Samaha Producer
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer
B. Lynn Tonneson Set Decoration/Design
Laura Viederman Co-producer
Trevor Ward Consultant/advisor
Patricia Woodbridge Art Director

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City by the Sea 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert De Niro (''Good Fellas'', ''Backdraft'', ''Analyze This'' & ''Meet The Parents'') plays the part of Detective Vincent DeMarco, a respected New York City police officer. The product of a failed marriage and family, Vincent has moved from Long Island, where he left behind his own failures as a husband and father, to a quiet life in the big city. His downstairs neighbor, Michelle (Frances McDormand - ''Blood Simple'', ''Fargo'' & ''Almost Famous'') and he have developed a no-strings attached relationship that Michelle hopes will be more someday. Ever patient and understanding, Michelle tries to get Vincent to open up and communicate with her on certain aspects of his life, but then finds out later that maybe she wishes he hadn't. Carrying along with him the burdens of his own father's crimes and death, Vincent now finds himself investigating the murder of a drug dealer who washed up on the shore in his province and his own son, James Franco (''Whatever It Takes'', ''James Dean'' (Made For TV) & ''Spiderman''), is the prime suspect. Everything comes to a head as Vincent is forced to deal with his past, both as a son and a father, and try to save his son from himself. In doing so, Vincent finds that he is saving himself as well. *Based on a true life account, ''City By The Sea'' was a very well acted and filmed movie. However it lacked any sensationalism that most police action dramas do have, and had more of a ''made for television'' feel to it. I would compare this movie to the likes of ''Cop Land'' or ''City Hall''. Frances McDormand put in yet another good performance, and Robert De Niro showed us rare emotion as a father trying to save his son. And it is nice to see the young James Franco develop into a very good actor. Certainly worth watching and even owning. But the draw and appeal to ''City By The Sea'' will fade over time, until it won't seem as good a film to you as you seemed to remember it being.
Guest More than 1 year ago