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The Deep End (2001)

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A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.


Scott McGehee (as Scott Mcgehee), David Siegel


Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (novel), Scott McGehee (as Scott Mcgehee) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Margaret Hall
Goran Visnjic ... Alek 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 Heather Mathieson ... Sue Lloyd
Holmes Osborne ... Loan Officer
Richard Gross ... Deputy Sheriff
Kip Martin ... BVD
Frankie Loyal ... Barrish Brother (as Franco Delgado)
Kip Ellwood Kip Ellwood ... Male Nurse
Margot Krindel Margot Krindel ... Jackie


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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Did You Know?


One of the promotional items distributed during the film's release was a notebook with a cover fashioned to look like the license plate of the Corvette driven by Darby Reese (Josh Lucas). See more »


After Margeret retrieves Darby's car keys from his body, which has been underwater, she goes back and "beeps" the car to open it. The electronic keys would no longer be working after being underwater. See more »


[forcing Margaret to watch a video of Beau and Darby having sex]
Alek 'Al' Spera: Like movies?
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Crazy Credits

Wild Bill Laczko - Transportation See more »


Referenced in Micmacs (2009) See more »


En Forme de Habanera
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Nelson Padgette (piano) and Ronnie Buttacavoli (trumpet)
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Next time you're dumping a dead body
4 January 2002 | by phigginsSee all my reviews

A word of advice: when disposing of a corpse in a huge lake, dump it in the shallowest waters available. This way, you can guarantee it will be found almost straight away, thus plunging you into an abyss of blackmail, double-cross and MURDER... Also, when being blackmailed by bad guys, make sure one of them is actually good ON THE INSIDE and that his boss is a useless, unthreatening dope. Who looks like he's wearing a toupee. Also, if you are a married woman, try to get plunged into an abyss of blackmail, double-cross and MURDER when your husband is away at sea. This serves two functions: 1) It means you have to carry the movie yourself. Which, for the admirably restrained Tilda Swinton (is she named after the rice, or is the rice named after her?) is not difficult. Imagine if she weren't in it. What would be the point of seeing it? 2) It allows lazy viewers (most UK critics, especially) to bask in their brilliant insight - "the gay son is seeking a father figure in his real father's absence, and the wife is seeking a husband figure. Do you see?" Also, if you are planning a career as a bad guy, then either be really bad and start beating people up when they can't get the money together, or just forget it right now. You're not cut out for this sort of work. ALSO, if you are making movies which, you hope, use a standard noir plot-line on which to hang serious, like, issues and stuff, then please (I'm asking you nicely) make sure the standard noir plot line is watertight. No plot-holes. No utterly implausible events. No scenes that will make the average audience member (heck, the average five year-old) howl with derision. That way, your serious, like, issues and stuff, will be much more impressive. Alternatively, of course, you could just make a really good noir thriller with no pretensions to anything loftier. Hey, it worked for Hitchcock, "The Usual Suspects" and lord knows how many others. But that would probably be beneath the worthy but inept people who made "The Deep End".

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Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tahoma, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,852, 12 August 2001

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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