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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.

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Ulu Grosbard

Writers:

Jacquelyn Mitchard (book), Stephen Schiff (screenplay)
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Beth
Treat Williams ... Pat
Whoopi Goldberg ... Candy
Jonathan Jackson ... Vincent (age 16)
Cory Buck Cory Buck ... Vincent (age 7)
Ryan Merriman ... Sam
Alexa PenaVega ... Kerry (age 9) (as Alexa Vega)
Michael McGrady ... Jimmy Daugherty
Brenda Strong ... Ellen
Michael McElroy Michael McElroy ... Ben
Tony Musante ... Angelo
Rose Gregorio Rose Gregorio ... Rosie
John Kapelos ... George
Lucinda Jenney ... Laurie
John Roselius John Roselius ... 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.

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Drama

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

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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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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Oprah Winfrey was considered for the role of Candy Bliss. See more »

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When Beth pulls into the garage, a boom mic is reflected in the driver's side window. See more »

Quotes

Beth Cappadora: This is Vincent I can't win with him, he hates me
Candy Bliss: He doesn't hate you, what's you talking about he loves, have you never seen the way he looks at you, all he wants is for you to forgive him
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Written by Michael Knott
Performed by Bomb Bay Babies
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment
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A TV movie with spit, polish and a well-known cast
25 December 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Beth Cappadora is at a reunion in a hotel when her middle child of three goes missing. At first the search is informal but it grows increasingly frantic and official as they realise that Ben has been taken by somebody. The family never fully recovers and carry the scars for years. Nine years later the family have moved to Chicago to start a new life. When Beth has a local boy come to the block to cut the grass, she believes that he must be Ben because her looks just like him despite the age. The police recover Ben but is it fair to take him away from the people Ben now considers his family?

The plot summary gives the impression that this is just a standard weepy that would easily screen on a weekday afternoon. However the presence of a couple of well known names in the cast list suggests that this film will give the subject a more serious approach that acts more as drama than weepy. Partly the latter is true but not 100%, and the film is still essentially a sort of weepy that has a control of it's emotions and is actually quite stable but not to the point where it is an engaging debate.

The material should be thought provoking but it isn't really. What I thought would be the main thrust of the film was really just mentioned in the final 20 minutes and it was not only obvious that it was coming but it was quite logically dealt with without real emotion - this is not a `Sophie's Choice' situation but something quite lacking. The start of the film is OK but it deals with the loss too easily and I never got overwhelmed with the emotions the family must feel. Towards the end the film does a good job looking at the effects the whole thing has had on the other son's character but even this lacks an emotional punch.

The cast are good on paper but they seem strangely stilted. Pfeiffer is a good actress who sadly doesn't seem to get as much good work as she gets older. Here she tries hard but can't get across what her character must be feeling inside. Williams is an OK support for her and does OK. Jackson is quite good and his character became more interesting to me than the return of Ben itself. Goldberg hangs around but attempts to give her a character through one line of dialogue about her sexuality and security in her job are so out of the blue that I was left wondering where it came from.

Overall this is not a weepy because it aims higher than that and doesn't wrench all the emotion out of every scene to get the audience. However it doesn't aim high enough or reach the level where it is emotional or thought provoking, the end result being an interesting film that is a notch above the level of daytime TV weepy but not as worthy or moving as it wants to be.


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