City By The Sea


Taking its cue from a real-life case, Michael Caton-Jones' film stars Robert De Niro as a dedicated crim-chaser whose No1 suspect in a murder case is his own estranged, druggy son (Spider-Man's James Franco).

This low-key combo of police procedural and family drama works its way from lumbering to lump-in-the-throat, mainly due to a quality cast, with Franco bulking up his rep as a Jimmy Dean for Generation Y. That said, it's sometimes hard to tell whether De Niro's underplaying beautifully or if he just looked at the title and thought "coast".

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 1st 2003

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