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City by the Sea (Widescreen Edition)
City by the Sea
Widescreen Edition
Actors: Robert DeNiro, Eliza Dushku
Genres: Drama
R     2003     1hr 48min

Drama. 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, L...  more »

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Actors: Robert DeNiro, Eliza Dushku
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Family Life
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/18/2003
Original Release Date: 09/06/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 09/06/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 13
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 6/15/2015...
The first time I tried to watch this movie I could not get into it. But I watched it again and I found I did like it.

Movie Reviews

Heart-wrenching story of family
wendy0528 | South Florida, USA | 09/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For me, City By The Sea (based on actual events) is the story of three generations of LaMarca men. In spite of his father (who desperately kidnapped a baby that accidentally died and was "given the chair"), New York City homicide detective Vincent LaMarca (Robert DeNiro) has had a long, successful career. The stakes are highest in his latest case: trying to protect his estranged and only son Joey (James Franco) who, on a high, killed a dope dealer in Long Beach (the "City by the Sea") and possibly a cop, Vincent's partner Reg (George Dzundza). Frances McDormand plays Vincent's girlfriend who he keeps at arms length. Her apartment is just below his, yet she knows nothing of his personal history. Vincent can't seem to escape his past, the bad name set by his father, yet he wants to finally do right by his own son as well as his girlfriend and himself.Some will say this film is slow. I say, not all movies are fast-paced and action-packed. City By The Sea is full of emotional turmoil and an all-star, award-winning cast. DeNiro's role is a bit calmer that his usual, but it's still a DeNiro performance with some emotionally heart-wrenching dialogue, especially with his son. James Franco, who received a best actor award for TNT's James Dean, has whatever it is that makes the audience unable to look away. His character Joey isn't a bad kid. He's just honestly trying to get himself out of the messed up life he's made for himself. Franco has that James Dean intensity on screen, most definitely. Frances McDormand's role is pretty subtle, but she makes it as real as possible. William Forsythe, who I usually see as one of the "good guys" (cop, FBI), plays Spyder, boss to the dope dealer that Joey killed. Keep your eyes open for a pretty news reporter named Vanessa. She may not look familiar, but she's DeNiro's daughter, Drena. - B+"
The Sins of the Fathers . . .
Debbie Lee Wesselmann | the Lehigh Valley, PA | 02/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

""City by the Sea" begins as a typical cop drama - Vincent DeMarca (Robert DeNiro) is a good solid New Jersey cop with a history. His father was executed as a "baby-killer", and now Vincent's own son Joey (James Franco), whom he abandoned as a young boy, is a strung out junkie suspected of killing DeMarca's partner. The scenes are predictably dingy and muted, with Frances McDormand popping out of her apartment now and then as DeMarca's girlfriend. The first part of this movie honestly felt like the pilot for a new television drama - with calculated character introductions and back story. But then something marvelous happens: the quality of the acting kicks in to elevate the film beyond its script. James Franco is astonishingly convincing as a junkie who both loves and despises his father, and DeNiro fools us into believing he's just an ordinary guy until the moment when all the layers are stripped off. Frances McDormand does a competent job with what she is given (not much) while adding a needed texture to DeMarca's life. This film is probably the quietest cop drama I've ever seen because it's not about crimes one can be arrested for. It probes the fragile relationship between fathers and sons, and the obligations each needs to face. The film never picks up the slow paces it sets up in the beginning, so those hoping for the high action of traditional cop dramas will be disappointed. Make no mistake: this is a three-star movie raised to four stars by the performances of DeNiro and Franco. Still, the pivotal scene is a powerful one."
City by the Sea
Zack H. | 03/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you want action, blood, gore, thrills, and cheap tricks; stay away from this one. This takes you back to the way a movie was told without all the hoopla. You find yourself getting involved and relating to the characters. Is it so bad to see emotional conflict, intense situations, reality, and still have a happy ending? This is a unique story of a family torn apart and eventually brought back together after many years. It takes place in the down and hardened east coast 'cities by the sea'. The emotions seem heartfelt and there is plenty of action. I thought the performances were all exceptional. In fact everything about this movie is quite exceptional, so why it didn't get better reviews or doesn't linger on the mind longer is sort of a mystery then."