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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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12 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Aussi profond que l'océan  »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$13,376,506 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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Extensive rewrites and re-shoots caused the film to be delayed from its planned fall 1998 release to spring of 1999. See more »

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When Pat drives Beth home for the first time after losing Ben, Beth chooses to stay in the car for a few moments alone. Young Vincent then comes to the door on the passenger side and frightens Beth and the boom mic is reflected in the front passenger-side window. See more »

Quotes

Sam Karras: Were you drunk?
Vincent Cappadora - Age 16: I was overserved.
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Referenced in According to Jim: A Crying Shame (2005) See more »

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Written by Michael Knott
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Pfeiffer great
28 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Beth Cappadora (Michelle Pfeiffer) is in Chicago for her reunion. She loses her son Ben in the crowded hotel lobby. Police detective Candy Bliss (Whoopi Goldberg) investigates but he's nowhere to be found. Many years later, young Sam Karras comes to Beth's door to offer to mow the lawn. She recognizes Sam as her long lost son Ben. It's discovered that Ben was kidnapped by a disturbed woman who has since committed suicide. His new father didn't know about the kidnapping. Ben is reunited with the Cappadoras but life with the family is problematic. Ben wants to go home. His brother Vincent is rebelling. Beth and her husband Pat (Treat Williams) are cracking under the pressure.

Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams are both great. Cory Buck as young Vincent does an admirable job. Jonathan Jackson and Ryan Merriman are in a tough situation as the older versions of the sons. So much is expected but they aren't given the tools. This movie tries very hard to get emotional truths but it only gets glimpses. There is so much ground to cover. It would have been better to concentrate mostly after the reunion. Losing Ben is too alluring and takes up half of the movie. The first half is effective and traditional. The second half feels thin and more original. The movie feels split between the two.


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