Sea of Love (1989)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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

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31 August 2004 | ramirocardozo
Some films don't get the credit they deserve. Sea of Love is one of those films.
Sea of Love is very good film. It works both as a very well crafted thriller about a murder investigation and also as a sensitive study about human loneliness.

The cast is top notch. Ellen Barkin is adequate and sexy as Detective Frank Keller's (Pacino's character) love interest and John Goodman does an excellent supporting job as Detective Sherman.

Al Pacino is very well known for his legendary roles in The Godfather trilogy, Serpico, Scarface, or Scent of a Woman, but in my humble opinion as Detective Frank Keller in Harold Becker's Sea of Love he delivers one of his finest and most underrated performances.

If you think Basic Instinct (a much better known film) is a good thriller please check out Sea of love and you'll realize that Paul Verhoeven's movie is not a big deal.

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Did You Know?


The scene where Al Pacino and John Goodman are undercover in a restaurant, was filmed in New York City restaurant O'Neal's. Located at 49 West 64th Street in Manhattan (near Lincoln Center), and owned by actor Patrick O'Neal for many years, the restaurant closed in 1993, not long before O'Neal's death in 1994.


Frank Keller Sr.: 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.


(at around 1h 06 mins) When Helen says "Look, why don't you come over to my house tonight for dinner...'' you can clearly see Frank's right hand reaching for his right shoe to lace it. Then you see Frank's right knee when he is putting his leg down.

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.


Siempre Hay Esperanza
Written by
Stuart Matthewman, Sade (as Sade Adu) and Leroy Osbourne
Performed by Sade
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licesing Department


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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller

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