Sea of Love (1989)


“What’s she gonna do, shoot me? We’re in a restaurant!” – Det. Frank Keller

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (Cable in the 90’s and 10 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A police detective goes undercover in order to try and story a murderer who is killing men who have responded to singles ads.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recalled seeing years ago on cable but only recalled the great onscreen chemistry between the two leads.

Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin are both superb here and we get a clear feeling that they are playing characters drawn very realistically.

Their characters sizzle together and despite knowing things that they don’t know, the viewer wants things to somehow work out between them.

The story presented here has some nice twists and turns along the way and that helps keep the story moving along at an interesting pace.

The supporting cast is quite talented and we get to see John Goodman, Richard Jenkins, William Hickey, John Spencer and Michael Rooker doing nice work here.

They are especially great since each of them is able to find a way to create characters that don’t feel like stereotypes or caricatures.

The plot of the film works well and they do a nice job of showing how the life of a detective can get quite complicated when they try to separate their work life from their personal life as they get deeper and deeper into the case they are trying to solve.

Bottom Line – Pacino and Barkin are both great in this film and have great chemistry together. The story has a few nice twists and turns along the way that help keep things quite interesting along the way.  The supporting cast is also great with Goodman, Jenkins, Hickey, Spencer and Rooker all creating memorable characters who don’t feel at all as if they are stereotyped or just caricatures.  The plot works quite well and allows us to see how police work can affect a detective’s personal life as he gets deeper and deeper into the case in order to catch the criminal.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the DVD documentary, included in the final cut of the film, is a scene where Al Pacino’s character gets rudely bumped into on 5th Avenue, while trying to court Ellen Barkin’s character. According to Director Harold Becker, this was an unscripted moment caused by a real New Yorker, and not an extra. Pacino incorporates the moment into his performance, and continues without missing a beat. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “Sea of Love (1989)

  1. A favorite of mine. Terrifically written and acted. My #1 line (of many) comes early on at the police sting – when Pacino lets a very young Samuel L. Jackson off with a warning since he’s with his son – and as he walks away, says “Catch ya later…”

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