Sea of Love

Sea of Love

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Director: Harold Becker

Cast: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman

     
 

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Sea of Love is a sexy, atmospheric thriller, very much in the style of Alfred Hitchcock, with involving characters, steamy love scenes, and surprising plot twists. Frank Keller (Al Pacino), is a lonely, tired, disillusioned, police detective, who has a problem with alcohol. Frank is investigating a serial killer, whom he believes finds victims by using personalSee more details below

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Sea of Love is a sexy, atmospheric thriller, very much in the style of Alfred Hitchcock, with involving characters, steamy love scenes, and surprising plot twists. Frank Keller (Al Pacino), is a lonely, tired, disillusioned, police detective, who has a problem with alcohol. Frank is investigating a serial killer, whom he believes finds victims by using personal ads in magazines, killing them while playing the old record "Sea of Love." In a scene both amusing and touching, Frank and his partner, Sherman (John Goodman) --aided by Frank's father (William Hickey in a lovely cameo) place a personal ad, hoping to lure the killer. Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), a tough, sexy single mother answers the ad and begins an affair with Frank, despite the fact that she is one of the prime suspects in the case. The suspense builds as Frank, though deeply drawn to Helen, becomes more and more suspicious of her. In a splendidly crafted script from Richard Price, the plot is compelling, with plenty of action, terrific authentic dialogue and superb characterization. Ellen Barkin gives a marvelous performance as an independent, sensual and intriguing femme fatale; John Goodman is excellent as Sherman, giving a likable, shrewd, and subtly comic performance; and Pacino, in perhaps his best performance since Dog Day Afternoon, plays Frank as a man on the edge, reckless and self-destructive, lost and alone. Frank falls in love with Helen, in spite of himself, because of his loneliness and need. Pacino's skill in showing the vulnerability and neediness of Frank explains the somewhat implausible actions of his character in continuing their affair despite the mounting evidence against Helen. Harold Becker directs with great flair, bringing the story believability, without lapsing into false sentimentality.

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This high-quality contemporary film noir depends primarily on the skills of Al Pacino, who delivers a comeback performance as the desperate cop falling for one of his suspects. Pacino had appeared on screen only once since Scarface -- in 1985's flop Revolution -- and Sea of Love was widely considered some of his best work since the mid-1970s. As the femme fatale, Ellen Barkin charges the movie with sexual energy and anguish. Based on his novel Ladies' Man, Richard Price's screenplay is by turns funny, suspenseful, and melancholic as it pays homage to the classic film noir structure. The material is perfectly suited not only to Pacino's performance but also to the appropriately pallid cinematography of Ronnie Taylor.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/1995
UPC:
0096898088336
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Frank Keller
Ellen Barkin Helen Cruger
John Goodman Sherman
Michael Rooker Terry
William Hickey Frank Keller, Sr.
Richard Jenkins Gruber
Barbara Baxley Miss Allen
Patricia Barry Older Woman
Jacqueline Brookes Helen's Mother
Michael O'Neill Raymond Brown
Paul Calderon Serafino
Gene Canfield Struk
Larry Joshua Dargan
John Spencer Lieutenant
Mark Phelan Murdered Man
Christofer de Oni Supermarket Manager
Nancy Gianzero Chris
Joshua Nelson Willie
Christine Estabrook Gina Gallagher
Michael Fischetti Doorman
Luis Ramos Omar Maldonado
Rafael Baez Efram Maldonado
Samuel L. Jackson Black Guy
Damien Leake Ernest Lee
Zachary Michael Simmons Ernest's Son
John Thaddeus Tommy
Dwayne McClary Supermarket Cashier
Thom Curley Toastmaster
Fred Sanders Cable Supervisor
Thomas Wagner Bartender
Manny Alfaro Doorman
Brian Paul Mackey
Deborah Taylor Tense Woman
Ferne Downey Sasha
Gerald Lenton Murdered Man
Nancy Beatty Raymond Brown's Wife
Tony de Santis Clipboard Guy #1
Jackie Laidlaw Yuppie Detective
Paul Hubbard Yuppie Detective
Bill Haslett Surveillance Team
James Kidnie Surveillance Team
Bridget O'Sullivan Sherman's Wife
Delaney Moore-Wickham Helen's Daughter
Franz Fridal Criminal Type
James O'Regan Hallway Cop
Wayne Best Hallway Cop
Hugh Thompson Young Cop
Philip Ho Karate Cop
Igor Stern Violinist
Miranda de Pencier Bride
Lorraine Bracco Franks Ex-Wife (footage added for TV)
Ty Templeton Groom

Technical Credits
Harold Becker Director
Kenny Bates Stunts
David Blewitt Editor
Steve M. Boyum Stunts
Michael S. Bregman Associate Producer
Martin Bregman Co-producer
David Bretherton Editor
Shane Cardwell Stunts
Andy Chmura Camera Operator
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Buddy Joe Hooker Stunts
Hank Hooker Stunts
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Barbara Kelly Production Manager
Irene Kent Makeup
John J. Moore Production Designer
Michael Polakow Editor
Richard Price Screenwriter
Gordon Sim Set Decoration/Design
Louis A. Stroller Co-producer
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer
Glenn Wilder Stunts
Dick Ziker Stunts

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