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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 »

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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

Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams, who play husband and wife in this film, have also acted in Batman productions. Pfeiffer played Selina Kyle/Catwoman in "Batman Returns" (1992), while Williams voiced Dr. Milo in 2 episodes of 'Batman: The Animated Series' (1992-1995). See more »

Goofs

We see Ben at the kitchen table with his real family eating pizza, We see Him put the bottle of salad dressing down on the table, then a scene or two later Ben puts the salad dressing bottle down again. 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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Referenced in According to Jim: A Crying Shame (2005) See more »

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Energy
Written by Michael Knott
Performed by Bomb Bay Babies
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment
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Satisfying, intense emotional drama
9 March 1999 | by cinemelSee all my reviews

Ulu Grosbard has directed this fine adult drama adapted from the best-selling novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams portray Beth and Pat Cappadora, parents of three youngsters. On a trip to her high school reunion, Beth loses her three year old son in a busy hotel lobby. The boy is absent from the family for nine years, after which he is surprisingly returned to his birth family. This is just the bare bones of the plot. However, it is the touching performances of all of the principals which transcend the television movie-of-the-week sound of the plot.

Michelle Pfeiffer adds another moving performance to her gallery of roles. If the film had been released in the fall of 1998, as was originally planned, she might have had an Academy Award nomination. Treat Williams' role is less defined, but it is alway a pleasure to watch this under-used and under-rated actor. However, it is Jonathan Jackson and Ryan Merriman as the oldest son and the lost boy who make this such an emotionally satisfying drama. Whoopi Goldberg adds some needed humor to the serious proceedings as the detective assigned to the case.

Stephen Schiff, writer for the New Yorker, has done a lean adaptation of the novel. Grosbard has unpretentiously directed this fine cast. "The Deep End of the Ocean" is one of the best contemporary dramas to come along in quite a while.


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