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The Surface (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 16 May 2016 (USA)
1:30 | Trailer
Two strangers, both at the end of their rope, suddenly meet in the middle of the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan.


Gil Cates Jr.


Jeff Gendelman
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Credited cast:
Sean Astin ... Mitch
Mimi Rogers ... Kim
Chris Mulkey ... Kelly
John Emmet Tracy ... Bank Manager
Elvis Thao ... Factory Worker
Jeff Gendelman ... John
Chike Johnson Chike Johnson
Lisa Mihelich ... Cheering Fan
Neil Willenson ... Nelson, Fox TV Cameraman
Megan Lorie Megan Lorie ... Amanda Enright
Rachel Renee Rachel Renee ... Laurie
Deleono Johnson Deleono Johnson ... Factory Worker
Robert A. Smith Robert A. Smith
Sam Fuhrer Sam Fuhrer ... The Waterskier
David John Rosenthal David John Rosenthal ... Fisherman


Two strangers, both at the end of their rope, suddenly meet in the middle of the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan.

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Sometimes You Look For The End. Sometimes It Looks For You.


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Sean Astin & Chris Mulkey both appeared on the popular TV show 24, Sean in season 5 & Chris in season 7. See more »


After bringing Kelly on board his boat Mitch attempts to start his boat to take them home but the motor sputters and smokes and won't start. But when he pulls the motor up he finds that the prop has broken off which would not have caused the problems previously shown. See more »


Kelly: When I was a child, my mother used to say to me, "If you had another brain, it would be lonesome." Talking to you, I finally understand what she meant.
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Good character studies.
27 October 2015 | by HoosierBobSee all my reviews

Being an older person, I remember when serious acting was still the expectation of good movies, before special effects were given the priorities. This film is a very good and believable study of how two very different men might be brought together in very fantastically different circumstances. The fact that in the ending credits the note is made that the events of the film are based on actual happenings does much to explain and reinforce some of my personal beliefs about "pre-destination" and possibly "Divine" intervention. The main actors did an excellent job, considering the limitations of being pretty much a two actor film for most of the movie, and how the chance meeting of the two would change their lives forever.

I strongly suggest you might overlook some of the films negative ratings and see it for the very good film it is.

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16 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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