Close Menu. Travelling or based outside United States? Video availability outside of United States varies. Sign in to see videos available to you. Joining forces with detective Sherman Touhey John Goodman to track down a bizarre serial killer, he encounters a beautiful suspect Ellen Barkin.
Convinced of her innocence, Keller enters into a passionate affair, despite hard evidence linking her to the murders. Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started. More purchase options.
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Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Top reviews from the United States. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. When I first saw this movie , way back in years gone by, I actually had to be shushed by my embarrassed wife for laughing out loud in the movie theater at a particular sex scene between Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino.
What Maria Schneider did to Brando? Then, things are so hot, that she has to take a breather, and breaks off from him, and paces around the room like a tiger surrounding her prey, before pouncing on him again One of the earliest movies where Michael Rooker played up his patented crazy mofo routine, something he went on to perfect in so many other movies spread out in time from this one, to Guardians of the Galaxy.
For someone who has never seen this, a classic example of late 80's Adult erotic thrillers, and for those who haven't seen it in a while, a reminder about why there was so much of a buzz about Ellen Barkin back then.
John Goodman believe it or not--I'm unashamed was the selling point for me. I was curious to see how he would do in a suspenseful role. The movie itself sorry John Goodman , was beyond disappointing. It really wasn't a suspense thriller at all. It was just a slow and weird movie about two people Pacino and Barkin entangled in a weird affair. He lies to her a few times, she gets angry, but the two of them just keep going on with the affair.
It's more like a not so good love story with a side story of cops trying to crack a case. A sprinkling of suspense is thrown in, but not even in an entertaining way. I kept waiting for something to happen--some kind of twist--anything!
And when it got to the twist, it was so anticlimactic, it couldn't even be considered a twist It was just stupid. And then the ending turned out to be more "When Harry Met Sally" then the ending of a movie dubbed "suspenseful". Anyway, needless to say, I didn't enjoy it all. I expected a lot more. Ellen Barkin was the 'It' girl in Hollywood for a few years.
Al Pacino plays an alcoholic cop trying to find a serial killer. All the clues point at Barkin, which makes it pretty obvious they're trying to do a twist and it isn't really her. Spoiler alert: Surprise! They tried to do a twist, and it wasn't really her! Watching this only made me wonder why the director hated NYC so much, it looks like a disgusting festering cesspool and never explains why anyone would tolerate staying there.
That's about all there is to say. I've seen this movie 20 times, at least, and it still keeps me on the edge of my seat. Al Pacino is in top-form as a cop with issues. John Goodman, also a detective, adds a breath of fresh air. Together they team-up as they investigate a string of murders. Ellen Barkin owns her roll as the prime suspect. The story is realistic and engrossing. Included is a feature commentary with the director, Harold Becker. Other special features are: the creation of Sea Of Love, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.
The movie is 1 hour 53 minutes long. Captions are available in English. Optional languages are French and Spanish with subtitles. The movie is not in HD but it is crisp and clear. I had this movie in video tape format and hadn't seen it for a few years, I came across the DVD on Amazon and had to add it to my library.
One of Pacino's best and the film that brought him out of retirement , this is one of the most self-assured slices of noir the 80's produced. What makes this so exceptional is the time it allows to let the character beats resonate, when someone gets hurt, you feel it all the more acutely a standout scene when an older lady's feelings become collateral damage in Pacino's quest to find the killer is particularly effective These are characters with complex inner lives, there is a ring of truth to their story.
The ending short-changes you somewhat, but the journey there is so very worth it. Very interesting premise. Great whodunit. If you are in the mood for a good drama with interesting characters, this is a great movie. I don't like to spoil movies by describing the plot in detail. If you like serial murder mysteries, this movie will not disappoint. There are a couple of steamy love-making scenes that would make any twenty year old guy envious of Al Pachino's character One person found this helpful.
This is an Al Pacino movie. So if you do not like him, stop here. Teamed up with partner John Goodman, they set up a sting to track and capture a serial killer believed to be a woman. Knowing the trail starts with a personal ad in a local magazine, a restaurant is used to meet prospective suspects. Thus, Ellen Barkin is introduced, a born New Yorker that fits right into this police drama.
She brings a dimension of beauty to the dragnet and Al Pacino convinced of her innocence enters into a passionate affair. The relationship is on and off as he discovers intimidating information. The flick is a good mystery and remains so, until a surprise ending surfaces.
Worth the price. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Pacino like Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman are amongst a handful or two of consummate film actors with a natural charisma that pulls you into whatever films they appear in, and to make you believe in their character and their situation.
In this instance, Pacino plays the part of Frank Keller a New York cop who drinks a lot, lives alone after his wife decided to move in with another colleague of his at the police station, and still finds that difficult to accept. Keller is on top form when he masterminds a sure way to arrest dozens of New York's most wanted criminals by staging a sting, and to invite each of them By way of a golden ticket to a meet and greet the New York Yankees, at a special event celebration. Against this background there seems to be a serial killer going around killing off a number of naked men, by putting a bullet into the back of their heads, whilst the title music from a recording of 'Sea Of Love' is being played by Phil Phillips.
Frank Keller is assigned to the case and manages to sell the prospect to his boss of mounting another police sting operation whereby he and Sherman Touhey played by John Goodman will put in a number of personal newspaper ads for lonely women, and to invite them at various times of the night to meet up at a nearby restaurant, which will be staked out by other police colleagues, and in an attempt to lure the serial killer out.
Ellen Barkin plays the beautiful and very sultry female lead Helen Cruger who works by day in a shoe shop, but has Frank Keller having serious doubts over his initial judgement as to whether she is possibly the serial killer.
Surprisingly for its rating the film is not that graphic. Nevertheless, this is a good enjoyable thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the end. The Blue-Ray release is good albeit, lacks any additional material that these days you would hope to see for the cost that you have to shell out. A great old film with a fabulous performance by Al Pacino! I bought the Blu Ray version in the expectation that it would give me much improved definition over the DVD and although there is an improvement, it remains slightly blurred.
Whether or not this is connected with the original production or sloppy reproduction, I am unsure. Whichever it is, the picture clarity does not stand up against say John Ford's The Searchers which was made in, I think, the 's, or indeed any of the other Blu Ray's I have purchased. The packaging tells us that the film was licensed from Universal by 'Fabulous Films'. Maybe they can shed some light on this.