• Sea of Love (1989)

Sea of Love

Release Date: September 15th, 1989

DVD Release Date: May 26th, 1998

R |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Troubled New York City detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) investigates a serial killer who finds victims using personal ads in a magazine and leaves the song "Sea of Love" playing at his crime scenes. With the help of his partner, Sherman Touhey (John Goodman), Frank concocts a plan to find the killer using his own personal ads. But when Frank falls for one of his chief suspects, Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), he struggles to reconcile his personal life and his professional duty.

Cast: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker, William Hickey, Richard Jenkins, Christine Estabrook, Barbara Baxley

Director: Harold Becker

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Father, 1980s, Love, Mystery, Pursuit, Tense, Police station, Murder, Suspenseful, New York City

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    With a wealth of talent at his disposal, director Becker spends too much of the film's flashier currencies-criminality and sex-and draws too little on nuance and personality. Even so, the movie winds up in the black. show more

  • 88
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Sea of Love is a tough, sexy thriller, one of the most exciting suspense movies of the year, and undoubtedly the funniest. Al Pacino and John Goodman are terrific as detectives teamed up to catch a serial killer who apparently is choosing victims from personal ads in a New York weekly. [17 Sep 1989, p.11F]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Sea of Love tells an ingeniously constructed story that depends for its suspense on the same question posed by Jagged Edge and Fatal Attraction: What happens when you fall in love with a person who may be quite prepared to murder you? show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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