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Sea of Love is a sexy, atmospheric thriller, very much in the style of Alfred Hitchcock, with involving characters, steamy love scenes, and surprising plot twists. Frank Keller (Al Pacino), is a lonely, tired, disillusioned, police detective, who has a problem with alcohol. Frank is investigating a serial killer, whom he believes finds victims by using personal ads in magazines, killing them while playing the old record "Sea of Love." In a scene both amusing and touching, Frank and his partner, Sherman (John Goodman) --aided by Frank's father (William Hickey in a lovely cameo) place a personal ad, hoping to lure the killer. Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), a tough, sexy single mother answers the ad and begins an affair with Frank, despite the fact that she is one of the prime suspects in the case. The suspense builds as Frank, though deeply drawn to Helen, becomes more and more suspicious of her. In a splendidly crafted script from Richard Price, the plot is compelling, with plenty of action, terrific authentic dialogue and superb characterization. Ellen Barkin gives a marvelous performance as an independent, sensual and intriguing femme fatale; John Goodman is excellent as Sherman, giving a likable, shrewd, and subtly comic performance; and Pacino, in perhaps his best performance since Dog Day Afternoon, plays Frank as a man on the edge, reckless and self-destructive, lost and alone. Frank falls in love with Helen, in spite of himself, because of his loneliness and need. Pacino's skill in showing the vulnerability and neediness of Frank explains the somewhat implausible actions of his character in continuing their affair despite the mounting evidence against Helen. Harold Becker directs with great flair, bringing the story believability, without lapsing into false sentimentality. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:September 15, 1989


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Al Pacino Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Nominee


Al Pacino
as Frank Keller
Ellen Barkin
as Helen Cruger
John Goodman
as Sherman
Michael Rooker
as Terry
William Hickey
as Frank Keller, Sr.
Richard Jenkins
as Gruber
Barbara Baxley
as Miss Allen
Patricia Barry
as Older Woman
Jacqueline Brookes
as Helen's Mother
Michael O'Neill
as Raymond Brown
Paul Calderon
as Serafino
Gene Canfield
as Struk
Larry Joshua
as Dargan
John Spencer
as Lieutenant
Mark Phelan
as Murdered Man
Tony de Santis
as Clipboard Guy #1
Gerald Lenton
as Murdered Man
Luis Ramos
as Omar Maldonado
Brian Paul
as Mackey
Joshua Nelson
as Willie
Hugh Thompson
as Young Cop
James O'Regan
as Hallway Cop
Christofer de Oni
as Supermarket Manager
Bridget O'Sullivan
as Sherman's Wife
Christine Estabrook
as Gina Gallagher
Damien Leake
as Ernest Lee
Delaney Moore-Wickham
as Helen's Daughter
Dwayne McClary
as Supermarket Cashier
Ferne Downey
as Sasha
Franz Fridal
as Criminal Type
Fred Sanders
as Cable Supervisor
Thomas Wagner
as Bartender
Paul Hubbard
as Yuppie Detective
Rafael Baez
as Efram Maldonado
Thom Curley
as Toastmaster
Ty Templeton
as Groom
Wayne Best
as Hallway Cop
Manny Alfaro
as Doorman
Michael Fischetti
as Doorman
Miranda de Pencier
as Bride
Nancy Beatty
as Raymond Brown's Wife
Nancy Gianzero
as Chris
James Kidnie
as Surveillance Team
John Thaddeus
as Tommy
Igor Stern
as Violinist
Jackie Laidlaw
as Yuppie Detective
Lorraine Bracco
as Franks Ex-Wife (footage added for TV)
Samuel L. Jackson
as Black Guy


Harold Becker
Richard Price
Adam Holender
Trevor Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Polakow
David Bretherton
Louis A. Stroller
Martin Bregman
Michael S. Bregman
Associate Producer
Gordon Sim
Set Designer
Betsy Cox
Costume Designer
Andy Chmura
Camera Operator
Shane Cardwell
Buddy Joe Hooker
Dick Ziker
Glenn Wilder
Barbara Kelly
Production Manager
Mary Colquhoun
Irene Kent