Sea of Love Movie Review Summary

Actors: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker, Richard Jenkins

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New York City detective Frank Keller (Pacino) is a burned-out case. He's put 20 years in, is eligible to retire, but keeps working (and drinking), partly because he can't get over his wife dumping him for a colleague. Keller takes on the case of a serial killer who locates the male victims through the lonely hearts columns in New York papers, has sex with them, and kills them. While on the case, he falls for sexy Helen (Barkin), but gradually realizes she may be the primary suspect. Goodman provides welcome comic relief as Keller's partner, Det. Sherman, and then-unknown Samuel L. Jackson turns up as a "Black guy" in several early scenes. This is a solid but not spectacular 1989 thriller which takes its name from the old Twilights hit, which Keller finds on the turntable in several victims' apartments.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Based on a screenplay directly written for the screen by Richard Price, SEA OF LOVE is a movie directed by Harold Becker in 1989.

A serial killer chooses his victims among the men who put ads in the lonely hearts column of the NYC newspapers. Detectives Pacino and Goodman decide to place themselves an ad, hoping to find the killer they believe to be a woman. Pacino falls in love with Barkin, one of the women who's answered. But Barkin could be the killer.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Sea of Love

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 15%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 35% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80%    -   90% Misc. Plotlets    -   victim dies just after sex Special suspect?    -   lover Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex with icepick    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language    -   A lot of foul language

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