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The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 March 1999 (USA)
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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 nine years later, living in the same town, where his family had just moved.

Director:

Ulu Grosbard

Writers:

Jacquelyn Mitchard (book), Stephen Schiff (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Beth Cappadora
Treat Williams ... Pat Cappadora
Whoopi Goldberg ... Candy Bliss
Jonathan Jackson ... Vincent Cappadora - Age 16
Cory Buck Cory Buck ... Vincent Cappadora - Age 7
Ryan Merriman ... Sam Karras / Ben Cappadora - Age 12
Alexa PenaVega ... Kerry Cappadora (as Alexa Vega)
Michael McGrady ... Jimmy Daugherty
Brenda Strong ... Ellen
Michael McElroy Michael McElroy ... Ben Cappadora - Age 3
Tony Musante ... Grandpa Angelo
Rose Gregorio Rose Gregorio ... Grandma Rosie
John Kapelos ... George Karras
Lucinda Jenney ... Laurie
John Roselius John Roselius ... Chief Bastokovich
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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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El lado profundo del mar See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,558,400, 14 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,376,506, 9 May 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,655,433
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A different ending was filmed which tested poorly with audiences who felt it was too grim. Despite being the original ending of the book, not to mention producer Michelle Pfeiffer's preferred ending, the studio opted for the more conventional happy ending. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which baby Kerry is crying in the crib, she is initially seen on her stomach near the head of the bed crying. In the very next take, young Vincent walks in the room to console her and she is on her back, tucked under a blanket. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Cappadora - Age 16: I let go of your hand I said Sam get lost
Sam Karras: So? That's what brothers' do they say things like that
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Soundtracks

The Bunny Song
Performed by Michelle Pfeiffer
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Michelle Pfeiffer gives a great performance!
11 December 2016 | by Davis PSee all my reviews

The deep end of the ocean (1999) is a very touching portrayal of a family of 5 who lose their 3 year old son Ben at a reunion. Fast forward nine years later, when they are miraculously reunited with him. Michelle Pfeiffer gives a wonderful performance here as the lead. I also really enjoyed Whoopi Goldberg as detective candy bliss. The acting is strong all around, even by the child actors. The writing is pretty good, the deep conversations between Beth and pat are well written and near perfectly acted. The movie is slightly slow in the middle, but not to the point to wanting to give up on it. The movie really is all about relationships, dealing with tragic loss as a parent, and then learning how to rebuild once what is lost is found. And in my opinion, this film does a pretty good job of showing all of those things in raw detail. Bottom line: If you are looking for a film that shows these things I have mentioned above, and is strongly acted and very dramatic, then I would suggest this to you. But if you are looking for simple escapist entertainment, then steer clear of this movie. 7/10.


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