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A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tilda Swinton ... Margaret Hall

Goran Visnjic ... Alek 'Al' Spera

Jonathan Tucker ... Beau Hall
Peter Donat ... Jack Hall

Josh Lucas ... Darby Reese

Raymond J. Barry ... Carlie Nagel (as Raymond Barry)

Tamara Hope ... Paige Hall

Jordon Dorrance ... Dylan Hall

Heather Mathieson ... Sue Lloyd

Holmes Osborne ... Loan Officer

Richard Gross ... Deputy Sheriff

Kip Martin ... BYD

Frankie Loyal Delgado ... Barrish Brother (as Franco Delgado)
Kip Ellwood ... Male Nurse
Margot Krindel ... Amber Lloyd
Michael Pizzuto ... Heavy-Set Officer
Tajma Soleil ... Female Nurse
F.W. McGehee ... Music Teacher
Jill Mattson Classical Ballet of Lake Tahoe ... Swan Lake Dancers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tim Halpin ... Placer County Detective (uncredited)

Georgann Johnson ... 50ish Woman (uncredited)

Kandeyce Jorden ... Swan Girl (uncredited)

Scott McGehee ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)

David Siegel ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott McGehee  (as Scott Mcgehee)
David Siegel 
Writing credits
Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (novel "The Blank Wall")

Scott McGehee (written by) (as Scott Mcgehee) and
David Siegel (written by)

Produced by
Laura Greenlee .... co-producer
Eileen Jones .... associate producer
Mindy Marin .... associate producer
Scott McGehee .... producer (as Scott Mcgehee)
Robert H. Nathan .... executive producer
David Siegel .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Nashel 
Cinematography by
Giles Nuttgens 
Film Editing by
Lauren Zuckerman 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
Production Design by
Kelly McGehee  (as Kelly Mcgehee)
Christopher Tandon 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Wenz 
Costume Design by
Sabrina Rosen 
Makeup Department
Katrina Chevalier .... hair stylist
Raqueli Dahan .... key makeup artist
Lisa Rogers .... additional makeup artist
Raqueli Dahan .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Production Management
Megan B. Agosto .... post-production supervisor (as Megan Agosto)
Debbie Brubaker .... production manager: San Francisco
Beth DePatie .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig Borden .... second assistant director
Todd Corman .... assistant director: second unit
Gerard Facchini .... second second assistant director (as Gerard A. Facchini)
Christopher James Hall .... second assistant director: San Francisco (as Christopher Hall)
Mike Kitchens .... first assistant director: San Francisco
David N. Schrager .... first assistant director
Jason Newmark .... additional second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles Bloomfield .... construction
Paul Cardona .... construction
James Carpenter .... construction
Xaime Casillas .... lead scenic
Matthew Cavaliero .... additional assistant props
Ray Curtis .... construction
Earl Douglas .... construction
Kip Ellwood .... swing
Ellen Freund .... property master
Harlan Mack .... swing
Andon Major .... painter
Richard T. Olson .... assistant props (as Richard Olson)
Rod Olson .... construction
Dwane Platt .... lead man (as Dwane Brion Platt)
Jeff Schonfield .... painter
John White .... construction
Christina Ann Wilson .... assistant art director (as Christy Wilson)
Sound Department
Mike Anderson .... foley recordist (as Michael Anderson)
David Franklin Bergad .... supervising sound editor (as David Bergad)
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Frank Canonica .... supervisor: machine room
Lori Dovi .... sound mixer: San Francisco
Robert Eber .... sound mixer
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Piotr Filipowski .... sound effects editor
Anna Geyer .... assistant dialogue editor
Aura Gilge .... sound effects editor (as Aura Belle Gilge)
Chris Gridley .... assistant sound editor
Nathan Gunn .... assistant sound editor
Etina Hom .... boom operator: San Francisco (as Etina Horn)
Rick Kahn .... supervisor: transfer room
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer
Jack Serino .... boom operator
John Shepphird .... boom operator
Patti Tauscher .... foley editor
Viet Tran .... operator: transfer room
Christina Tucker .... adr mixer (as Christine Tucker)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lou Carlucci .... special effects: FX Concepts Inc.
Visual Effects by
Jessica Abroms .... visual effects technical supervisor: PDI
Gianni Aliotti .... digital artist: PDI
Richard Chuang .... visual effects supervisor: PDI
David L. Goodwine .... visual effects production coordinator: PDI
John Hanashiro .... visual effects editor: PDI
Jason Heapy .... visual effects producer: PDI
Mel Kangleon .... digital colorist: PDI
Chris Trimble .... digital compositor: PDI
Philip R. Garrett .... visual effects production assistant: PDI (uncredited)
Peter Epstein .... utility stunts
Dale Gibson .... stunt coordinator
Robert Jauregui .... utility stunts
Ben Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Ethan Jensen .... utility stunts
William S. Judkins .... utility stunts (as William Judkins)
David Dustin Kenyon .... precision driver: driving sequence
Kay Kimler .... utility stunts (as Kay Kimmler)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cynthia Bystrak .... second company grip (as Cynthia N. Bystrak)
Louis DiCesare .... gaffer
Tim Durr .... best boy electric (as Timothy R. Durr)
John Emory .... company grip (as Jon L. Emory)
Patrick Farrell .... additional company grip
Warren Feldman .... additional photographer
Warren Feldman .... second assistant camera
William H. Hobson .... company grip (as William Hobson)
Michael Hoffer .... additional company grip
Steve Hurson .... assistant camera: second unit
Renaldo Jackson .... lamp operator
Brook Johnson .... gaffer: San Francisco
Matthew Kenney .... lamp operator (as Matthew S. Kinney)
Richard Lacy .... additional photographer: second unit
Dwayne McClintock .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Paul Meehan .... dolly grip
Sabrina Merics .... additional second assistant camera
Chris Moseley .... underwater photographer
Brad Peterman .... assistant camera
Michael Pizzuto .... key grip
Elizabeth Rogers .... camera loader
Andrea Ruane .... company grip (as Andi Ruane)
Pablo Santiago-Brandwein .... company grip (as Pablo Santiago)
Moulaye Sene .... lamp operator (as Idrissa Moulaye Sene)
Jim Sheldon .... still photographer
Christopher Slater .... additional company grip
Peter Burgess Smith .... lamp operator
Andrew D. Stadler .... second assistant camera: San Francisco (as Andy Stadler)
Rob Sweeney .... director of photography: second unit
Paige Thomas .... camera operator
Paige Thomas .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Everett Blix .... extras casting
Everett Blix .... local casting
Amanda Harding .... casting associate
Nina Henninger .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Chestnut .... costume supervisor
Hayley Stuppel .... on-set costumer
Editorial Department
Megan B. Agosto .... first assistant editor: San Francisco (as Megan Agosto)
Debra Light .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Robert Marty .... assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
Dana Mulligan .... assistant editor
Martha Pike .... assistant editor
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Scott Ansell .... music recordist (as Scott Ansel)
Ronnie Buttacavoli .... musician: trumpet, "En Forme de Habanera"
Missy Cohen .... music editor
Michael Farrow .... music mixer
Jerry Leonard .... musician: guitar
Nelson Padgette .... musician: piano, "En Forme de Habanera"
Amy Sheldon .... music coordinator
David Torn .... musician: special textural music (as Splatter Cell)
Patrick Zimmerli .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Dennis Clark .... driver
Jason Fornal .... driver
Ed Jones .... driver
'Wild Bill' Laczko .... driver (as William Laszko)
Melvin G. Liel .... driver
Glenn Mack .... transportation coordinator
Patrick Maguire .... driver
Nathan Serratore .... picture car coordinator
Larry Smith .... driver
Chris Tolladay .... driver
David D.B. Wilson .... transportation captain (as David 'DB' Wilson)
David Dustin Kenyon .... production driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Julie Adams .... dialect coach: Ms. Tilda Swinton, Mr. Gorin Visnjic and Mr. Johnathan Tucker
Kent James Stewart Barber .... additional location manager (as James Barber)
Sivan Baron .... assistant to director
Brian Berry .... medic
Buffy Beyer .... assistant production coordinator
Rhonda Bingham .... paymaster
Dale Cannedy .... assistant to producers
Carmel Cathi .... stand-in
Bundy Chanock .... lifeguard: San Francisco
Bundy Chanock .... set medic: San Francisco
Francisco Cortes .... set production assistant: San Francisco
Jeff DiPaolo .... craft service (as Jeff Di Paolo)
Terri Fredlund .... production assistant: San Francisco
Rebecca Fulton .... script supervisor
Hayley Goggin .... key set production assistant
Paul Gugliuzza .... medic
Kent Hamilton .... insurance: Truman Van Dyne Company
Sebastian Harms .... title designer
Robert Hawk .... production consultant
James Jaber .... boat wrangler
Brent Jones .... production accountant
Ryan Khavari .... assistant to producers
Kimie Kimura-Heaney .... production assistant: San Francisco (as Kimie Kimura-Heany)
Kristen Lamantia .... office production assistant
Jack Livesey .... Jack Livesey
David Logie .... chef: S&H Catering (as Dave Logie)
Hatch Logie .... chef: S&H Catering
Jill Mattson .... choreographer
Dana M. Michaelsen .... first assistant accountant (as Dana Michaelsen)
Stephen Monas .... production counsel: Business Affairs Inc.
Maggie Muzio .... production assistant: San Francisco
Jason Newmark .... set production assistant (as Jason B. Nemark)
Jenna Piccolo .... production counsel: Business Affairs Inc.
Linda Stanley .... studio teacher
Jendy Stewart .... location assistant
Christian W. Thompson .... production coordinator (as Christian Thompson)
Jay Townsend .... runner: Los Angeles
Gloria M. Uribe .... locations: second unit (as Gloria Uribe)
Terry Wyner .... location manager
Dwayne Zajonc .... helicopter pilot
Joshua B. Porter .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sandy Stoltz .... production assistant (uncredited)
Clark Aganon .... special thanks
Brian E. Conley .... special thanks
Chris Cullens .... special thanks
David Dotson .... special thanks
Anne Friedberg .... special thanks
Gregory Goodman .... special thanks
Dane Holweger .... special thanks
David Dustin Kenyon .... special thanks
Mary Lonergan .... special thanks
Richard Lonergan .... special thanks
Eric Mas .... special thanks
Michael McCusker .... special thanks
Beth McGroarty .... special thanks
Michael Mueller .... special thanks
Robert Ted Parker .... special thanks
Patricia Perbetsky .... special thanks
Bronwyn Preston .... special thanks
Howard A. Rodman .... special thanks (as Howard Rodman)
Roger Schwed .... special thanks
Israel Segal .... special thanks
Mike Shannon .... special thanks
Steve Shurtz .... special thanks
Blossom Siegel .... special thanks
Aron Warner .... special thanks
Pete Wittlinger .... special thanks
Paul Zaentz .... special thanks
Pamela Zeh .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for some violence and language, and for a strong sex scene
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Brazil:16 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 | New Zealand:M (TV rating) | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | USA:R (certificate #38386)
Filming Locations:

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Director Cameo: [Scott McGehee and David Siegel]as the EMTs from the ambulance that arrive to pick up Jack.See more »
Continuity: In one scene Beau can be heard off camera practicing his trumpet then immediately ceases to appear on camera to speak with his mother. A bottle of valve oil is in his hand and one valve of his trumpet has been removed, presumably to oil. However, the time that elapses between his playing and appearance on camera is way too short for him to remove a valve from his trumpet.See more »
Margaret Hall:We don't have the money.
Alek 'Al' Spera:You have to get the money. Is that not clear enough?
Margaret Hall:It's $50,000. It is not the kind of thing that everyone can just go out and get.
Alek 'Al' Spera:Have you spoken with your husband?
Margaret Hall:He can't be reached. He's on a carrier somewhere in the nor - This is truly none of your business.
Alek 'Al' Spera:What about the old man? Well, you have to try harder.
Margaret Hall:"Try harder?"
Alek 'Al' Spera:I don't think you're really trying.
Margaret Hall:Really?
Alek 'Al' Spera:Yes.
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Effective Character Study, 9 May 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

The myriad effects of the natural instincts of a mother are at the heart of this film, which explores the positive aspects, as well as the inherent flaws of those same instincts. The ways in which an ordinary person will react under extraordinary circumstances often produces results that are most inexplicable; and when it's a mother responding to a situation in which her son is involved, the results may, in fact, be absolutely incomprehensible. And in such cases, decisions made quickly in the shadows of the subjective are often revealed as unconscionable in the cold light of objectivity, a scenario examined by writers/directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, in their tension laced drama, `The Deep End,' starring Tilda Swinton.

Margaret Hall (Swinton) lives with her family in a picturesque lakeside home in Tahoe City, Nevada; but her life is about to become less than that offered by her distinctive surroundings. Her husband is away at sea on an extended tour of duty, and the care and responsibility of raising their three children has fallen to her. And all is not well. Her seventeen-year-old son, Beau (Jonathan Tucker), an aspiring musician who hopes to garner a scholarship to study music at college, has become involved with a man, Darby Reese (Josh Lucas) who owns a bar, The Deep End; and once she is aware of it, it's a situation of no little concern for a mother.

For her son's welfare, Margaret knows that this relationship-- whatever the context-- must end, and she goes to Reese, insisting that he leave her son alone. There is some question as to whether or not he agrees, but regardless, late that night he shows up at Margaret's home, where he entices Beau to come outside with him. Things go badly, and by the next morning, Margaret is embroiled in a situation beyond her wildest nightmares. Blinded by fear and concern for Beau, she does something out of character for any rational person, yet within the parameters established by the unconditional love of a mother for her son. It's an act that brings more bad news to her doorstep, in the form of a man named Alek Spera (Goran Visnjic). And it's the beginning of a series of events that will take her into places darker than any she has ever known.

McGehee and Siegel adapted their screenplay from the novel `The Blank Wall,' by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, and it's a taut thriller, to be sure; but it is so singular of purpose that it decidedly becomes more of a character study that focuses on Margaret, and the effects of that natural bond between mother and son that provides the catalyst for her motivation and the impetus of her actions. It's a story that clearly illustrates how even the most discerning individual (and most especially a mother) will abandon reason in the heat of the moment, giving way to the most primitive and basic instincts for survival that are inherently a part of the human condition. And though MeGehee and Siegel maintain the tension of the situation throughout the film, it does wear a bit thin along the way, and at least one pivotal element of the plot is questionable, and strains the credibility of the overall story. The real interest of the film, however, is the study of what the mother/son relationship is really all about, and how affecting it can be, especially under extreme circumstances.

What really makes the film work, though, and what maintains interest, is the performance by Tilda Swinton as Margaret. And it's quite a feat, given the fact that the emotional boundaries she is given to explore are somewhat limited, as the conflict begins even as the film begins, and Margaret is driven on and presented in an emotional state that gives her very little latitude in which to operate. To her credit, however, Swinton finds all of the variables one could expect in what is basically a lone emotion, which encompasses concern and apprehension, and she conveys them admirably; it is, in fact, what keeps the film afloat. Her portrayal of Margaret is subtle, concise and introspective, and most importantly, comes across quite naturally; all of which makes her character and her actions-- which on the surface and in the cold light of day may seem questionable-- convincing.

As Alek, Goran Visnjic gives a solid performance, though it somewhat lacks the kind of emotional depth that could have made this character more than what it is. Whether it is the way the character was written, or the way it was acted, there is an ambivalence to Alek that makes him less than believable. He looks good on the surface, and Visnjic does have some nice touches, but he doesn't tap into the absolute credibility that he needs. And it makes one aspect of the film seem a little too pat, as if the character is there merely as a means to an end, to help the story along and tidy up the resolution. It's a minor weakness, not worthy of blame; suffice to say that something apparently was missed in the translation of the material from page to screen. In retrospect, Visnjic does a good job with what he is given to work with.

In a smaller, but pivotal role, Josh Lucas gives a good performance as Reese, creating a character that is repugnantly smarmy, a guy whose influence over one's son would be any mother's nightmare. Lucas does exceptionally well in this regard, and with comparatively little screen time; he uses his time well, however, as it is the nature of his character more than anything else that gives credence to Margaret's actions.

The supporting cast includes Peter Donat (Jack), Raymond J. Barry (Carlie), Tamara Hope (Paige) and Jordan Dorrance (Dylan). As a thriller, this one has merit; but viewed as a character study/drama, `The Deep End' is even more engrossing. It's flawed, but it's still smart, thought provoking entertainment-- the magic of the movies. 7/10.

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