The Deep End (2001)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  31 August 2001 (USA)
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A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Donat ...
Jack Hall
Carlie Nagel (as Raymond Barry)
Paige Hall
Dylan Hall
Sue Lloyd
Loan Officer
Deputy Sheriff
Barrish Brother (as Franco Delgado)
Kip Ellwood ...
Male Nurse
Margot Krindel ...
Amber Lloyd


With her husband perpetually away at work, a mother raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their rural lakeside home. What would you do? What is rational and what do you do to protect your child? How far do you go and when do you stop? Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language, and for a strong sex scene | See all certifications »

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31 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bleu profond  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$141,852 (USA) (10 August 2001)


£177,380 (UK) (28 December 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Scott McGehee, David Siegel:  as the EMTs from the ambulance that arrive to pick up Jack. See more »


When Margaret is "typing" the letter, she is propping her head up with her left hand, and entering text with her right. But how is she able to create the upper case letters we see appearing on her computer screen without using both hands? See more »


Darby Reese: Beau-Beau, she's a mother, not a moron.
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Extra Credit Erlin A. Velberg See more »


Referenced in Emmett's Mark (2002) See more »


Swan Lake, Op. 20, Finale
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Megatrax Music/Unlimited Classics
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Swinton rocks in a true twisted thriller!
15 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film is like a great term paper: it flows like fire-water from a heated pitcher. I bought it on a caprice, only to rivet myself to the screen unexpectedly. Tilda Swinton is absolutely flawless (not to mention Visnjic) in a very strange tale about a mother's endless desire to protect. Not that I consider it a true flaw, but I would have liked for Margaret to tell Beau exactly why things had been so screwy and deadly for the past two days. The opportunity arises at the very end but she decides not. For me, I certainly would have explained to a seventeen-year-old boy that if he screws around with derelicts in seedy closets, people die. It's sort of an important part of growing up. However, directors McGehee and Siegel decide to omit that part. While the film is a must for thrill-seekers, I really felt that the boy should have been let in on the sticky, lethal web his juvenile lust did spin. BUT TILDA ROCKS! Just like this movie.

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