City By The Sea

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(out of 5)


left wife and son years earlier in the now ghost town of Long Beach, moving to New York City and continuing his career as a cop. Years later, he is forced to face his past when it turns out that his now-grown, drug-addicted delinquent son () is wanted in connection with a murder, the body of which washed up on De Niro’s shores. Unsure of whether or not he can actually fix the past, De Niro at least acknowledges the difficulty of his situation when he is forced to bare all his hidden secrets to his neighbour and girlfriend ( in a throwaway role) and take in the infant grandson he never knew he had. There’s action, tension and human drama aplenty in this moody little piece, but it has a lot of false moves that keep it from being great: the plot veers back and forth from gritty cop drama to melodrama and never decides where to settle, though the latter element is developed well and is sometimes quite touching. De Niro’s performance is a disappointment, going through the motions and seeming most of the time to be in a rush to get it over with and go home, and his mellow tone is at odds with Franco’s hyperdramatic (and also extremely fine) work.  has a wonderful supporting bit as De Niro’s bitter and angry ex, and the photography looks terrific.


Franchise Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures, , Sea Breeze Productions Inc.

USA, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the article Mark Of A Murderer by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Michael Caton-Jones, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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