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A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca (Robert DeNiro) is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police detective who has gone to great lengths to distance himself from his past; four decades earlier, Vincent's father Angelo killed a young child, and since then Vincent has carried emotional scars from this incident that he refuses to show to the world. Vincent lives alone in a small apartment building, though he has nurtured a close if tentative relationship with his downstairs neighbor, Michelle (Frances McDormand). One day, Vincent and his partner, Reg Duffy (George Dzundza), are assigned to investigate a murder when the body of a young man is found dead in a dumpster. It turns out the body was that of a drug dealer, and the dealer's partner in crime, Spyder (William Forsythe), believes the killer was one of his regular customers -- a junkie would-be musician who calls himself Snake (Brian Tarantina). City By the Sea was adapted from a piece by journalist Mike McAlary which first appeared in Esquire magazine; the cast also includes Eliza Dushku and Anson Mount. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 6, 2002


Robert De Niro
as Detective Vincent LaMarca
Frances McDormand
as Michelle
James Franco
as Joey LaMarca
Eliza Dushku
as Gina
William Forsythe
as Spyder
George Dzundza
as Reg Duffy
Patti LuPone
as Maggie
Anson Mount
as Dave Simon
John Doman
as Henderson
Brian Tarantina
as Snake
Orlando Pabjoy
as Will
Gregg Edelman
as A.P.C. Johnson
Mark LaMura
as Mayor Jackson
Cyrus Farmer
as Carl
Michelle Daimer
as Terry
Teresa Kelsey
as Reporter Laura
Linda Emond
as Margery
Matthew Cowles
as Arnie
Teresa Woods
as Reporter Carol
Nestor Serrano
as Rossi
Jay M. Boryea
as Picasso
Leslie Cohen
as Jean
Jason Winther
as Jason
Michael P. Moran
as Herb
Stephi Lineburg
as Bree
Joanne Lamstein
as Screaming Teenager
Leo Burmeister
as Lieutenant Katt
Drena De Niro
as Vanessa Hansen
Michael Dellafemina
as Angelo LaMarca
Jim Marcus
as Medical Examiner


Michael Caton-Jones
Michael Caton-Jones
Matthew Baer
Brad Grey
Elie Samaha
Ken Hixon
Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Jason Alexander
Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Fleming
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Clark
Jane Musky
Production Designer
Patricia Woodbridge
Art Director
Laura Viederman
Roger Paradiso
Executive Producer
Andrew Stevens
Executive Producer
Don Carmody
Executive Producer
Dan Klores
Executive Producer
Richard Owings
Costume Designer
Tom Nelson
Sound/Sound Designer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond
Amanda Mackey-Johnson
John E. Sullivan
Visual Effects Supervisor
Nick Neutra
Foley Mixer
Nate Scaglione
Fran Corbacho
Barbara Cohig
Scenic Artist
Elissa Donenfeld
Production Secretary
Brian Stocklin
Gerard Sava
Additional Cinematography
Dave McMoyler
Supervising Sound Editor
Alyson Wellins
Art Department Coordinator
Simon Denny
Music Producer
Sonia Gonzalez
First Assistant Editor
Michele Mayas
Scenic Artist
Boots Shelton
First Assistant Camera
Igor Srubshchik
Video Assist
Paul Halligan
Gavin Curran
Beatrice Sisul
First Assistant Editor
John Milcetic
Dave Cambria
Steve Boucher
Assistant Avid Editor
Erin Lewin
Set Dresser
Tom Schnaidt
Second Assistant Camera
Jay Halligan
Michael Slovis
Additional Cinematography
James Geyer
Scenic Artist