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R| 1 hr. 48 min.

Plot Summary
When a respected New York homicide detective (Robert De Niro) discovers the prime suspect in a murder case is his estranged son (James Franco), he is forced to return home to the decaying boardwalks of Long Beach, Long Island to confront the darkness of his past. During the course of the investigation, he realizes that his failures as a father - and his unresolved anguish about the painful estrangement - have deeply influenced his son's life.

Cast: Robert De Niro , Frances McDormand , James Franco , Eliza Dushku , William Forsythe , George Dzundza , Patti LuPone , Anson Mount

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

City by the Sea (2002)

Release Date: September 6th, 2002|1 hr. 48 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • The true story of the LaMarcas, well told by the late Mike McAlary in Esquire, has been pounded into TV-crime mush by screenwriter Ken Hixon and director Michael Caton-Jones. Shockingly, the acting doesn't help. show more

  • It's so bleak that it would play like a contrived neo-noir if it weren't so consistent, committed and obviously sincere. show more

  • It's a run-of-the-mill cop thriller but also a gripping family drama. It is in the moments spent untangling the threads of troubled relationships that the movie is at its best. show more

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  • November 23, 2009 robbie61987
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    so called true to life story based on a lousy screenplay, shallow acting, and a all too predictable ending.

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