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The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 March 1999 (USA)
The Deep End of The Ocean is a film about a family's reaction when Ben, the youngest son is kidnapped and then found nine years later, living in the same town, where his family had just moved.

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The Deep End of The Ocean is a film about a family's reaction when Ben, the youngest son is kidnapped and then found ten years later, living in the same town. Written by Anonymous

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The search for her son was over. The search for her family was just beginning.

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Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Aussi profond que l'océan  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,558,400 (USA) (12 March 1999)

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$13,376,506 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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Cast members Treat Williams and Brenda Strong later appeared on the TV series "Everwood" (2002-2006). See more »

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When Beth is in Candy's office at the police station, Candy is standing at her desk with her back to an outside window. The scene is cut about halfway through to eliminate a line that Candy must have said. The result of the cut, though, is that people walking outside (who you see through the window) appear to jump forward 10 feet or so. See more »

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Sam Karras: Your my brother... I missed you
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Zorba's Dance
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Satisfying, intense emotional drama
9 March 1999 | by (North Woodmere, NY) – See all my reviews

Ulu Grosbard has directed this fine adult drama adapted from the best-selling novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams portray Beth and Pat Cappadora, parents of three youngsters. On a trip to her high school reunion, Beth loses her three year old son in a busy hotel lobby. The boy is absent from the family for nine years, after which he is surprisingly returned to his birth family. This is just the bare bones of the plot. However, it is the touching performances of all of the principals which transcend the television movie-of-the-week sound of the plot.

Michelle Pfeiffer adds another moving performance to her gallery of roles. If the film had been released in the fall of 1998, as was originally planned, she might have had an Academy Award nomination. Treat Williams' role is less defined, but it is alway a pleasure to watch this under-used and under-rated actor. However, it is Jonathan Jackson and Ryan Merriman as the oldest son and the lost boy who make this such an emotionally satisfying drama. Whoopi Goldberg adds some needed humor to the serious proceedings as the detective assigned to the case.

Stephen Schiff, writer for the New Yorker, has done a lean adaptation of the novel. Grosbard has unpretentiously directed this fine cast. "The Deep End of the Ocean" is one of the best contemporary dramas to come along in quite a while.


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