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Sea of Love (1989)

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director:

Harold Becker

Writer:

Richard Price

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Det. Frank Keller
Ellen Barkin ... Helen Cruger
John Goodman ... Det. Sherman
Michael Rooker ... Terry
William Hickey ... Frank Keller Sr.
Richard Jenkins ... Gruber
Paul Calderon ... Serafino
Gene Canfield ... Struk
Larry Joshua ... Dargan
John Spencer ... Lieutenant
Christine Estabrook ... Gina Gallagher / Lonelyheart
Barbara Baxley ... Miss Allen
Patricia Barry ... Older Woman
Mark Phelan ... Murdered Man
Michael O'Neill ... Raymond Brown
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Storyline

Frank Keller is a New York detective investigating a case of a serial killer who finds the victims through the lonely hearts column in newspapers. Keller falls in love with Helen, the main suspect in the case. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Deception is dangerous. Desire is deadly. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prohibida obsesión See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,840, 17 September 1989

Gross USA:

$58,571,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,879,513
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The interiors and soundstage set sequences, for this New York City-set movie, were filmed in Toronto, instead of the Big Apple. The exteriors were still shot in New York City, with most of them being filmed in the city's Upper West Side. See more »

Goofs

When Frank visits Helen in the shoe store, she takes his shoe off. He never puts it back on, and he leaves the store in a huff. See more »

Quotes

Frank Keller Sr.: [a poem by Frank's mother written in 1934 while she was in high school] I live alone within myself, like a hut within the woods; I keep my heart high upon the shelf, barren of other goods; I need another's arms to reach for it, and place it where it belongs. I need another's touch and smile, to fill my hut with songs.
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Alternate Versions

Several scenes featuring Lorraine Bracco as Al Pacino's wife were cut before release and reinserted for the film television premiere. These additions were all included on the Universal Thrillers VHS edition of the film. They are as follows: 1) Frank sees a suspicious man on the street and calls for back-up from a nearby pay phone. It is revealed that this man is a personal bodyguard for a child at a nearby school. Parts of this scene were included in the original theatrical trailer. 2) The complete scene with Lorraine Bracco in which she pleads with Frank to stop bothering her and her husband. She also reveals that she is pregnant. 3) Frank comes home to his apartment and is surprised by his father, played by William Hickey, who is already in the apartment. His father tells him about an old partner who just passed away. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Sea of Love
Written by George Khoury and Phil Phillips (as Phillip Baptiste)
Performed by Phil Phillips with the Twilights
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of
PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Edgy, smart thriller
21 January 2002 | by The_CoreSee all my reviews

Great screenplay, acting and settings combine to make a dynamite film. The constant tension between the police investigation and Pacino's love interest keep the suspense going strong, and the chemistry between Barkin and Pacino is fabulous. John Goodman is excellent as always, the sex/death themes add to the tension, and the ending will throw most for a loop... this film delivers. Try it, you'll like it.

8/10


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