Sea of Love

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Released 1989

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Director:
Harold Becker
Released:
1989
Rating:
R
Sea of Love is a sexy, Hitchcockian thriller from 1988. New York City detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) tracks a serial killer who places ads in the personal section of the newspaper to lure victims. The killer then murders those who show up to the soundtrack of the 1959 song, "Sea of Love." Frank and his partner, Sherman (John Goodman), try to catch the killer by posting their own personal ad. However, the woman who shows up is a sultry, single mom named Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin). She begins a torrid affair with Frank even though he wonders if she is responsible for the string of killings he is investigating. Pacino is at his best as a detective living on the edge. He is ably supported by the subtly comic John Goodman as his partner and Ellen Barkin as a sensual femme fatale. Sea of Love is a taut and entertaining thriller.

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  • 88

    Chicago Tribune

    With a wealth of talent at his disposal, director Becker spends too much of the film's flashier currencies-criminality and sex-and draws too little on nuance and personality. Even ...

  • 88

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Sea of Love is a tough, sexy thriller, one of the most exciting suspense movies of the year, and undoubtedly the funniest. Al Pacino and John Goodman are terrific as detectives tea...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Sea of Love tells an ingeniously constructed story that depends for its suspense on the same question posed by Jagged Edge and Fatal Attraction: What happens when you fall in love ...

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Crime, Thrillers