DVD 108 mins IMDB 6.2 (6,264 votes)
R
City by the Sea
Franchise Pictures (2002)
In Collection
#27

My Rating:
6

Seen It:
Yes
Crime, Drama
USA  /  English

Robert De Niro Vincent LaMarca
Frances McDormand Michelle
James Franco Joey
Eliza Dushku Gina
William Forsythe Spyder
Patti LuPone Maggie
Anson Mount Dave Simon
John Doman Henderson
Brian Tarantina Snake
Drena De Niro Vanessa Hansen
George Dzundza Reg Duffy
Michael Caton-Jones
Michael P. Moran Herb
Nestor Serrano Rossi
Matthew Cowles Arnie
Linda Emond Margery
Cyrus Farmer Carl

Director Michael Caton-Jones
Producer Matthew Baer; Brad Grey; Michael Caton-Jones; Elie Samaha
Writer Mike McAlary; Ken Hixon
Cinematography Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Musician John Murphy
User Credit 1 Jim Clark
User Credit 2 Richard Owings

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. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 085392208227
Region Region 1
Chapters 30
Release Date 2/3/2004
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Language, drug use and some violence.
User Text 2 When you're searching for a killer... the last suspect you want to see is your son.
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Notes
Trivia: Robert De Niro personally had James Franco cast, after viewing his performance in James Dean (2001) (TV). (more)

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: When Spider runs out of the diner after Joey, the camera crew are reflected in the windows. (more)

Quotes: Spyder: [to Gina at the drive-thru speaker] I'll have a bacon cheeseburger and a blowjob. (more)

Awards: 1 nomination (more)