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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)
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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.

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Candy Bliss: This is a nice imitation of a life you've got here.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Zorba's Dance
Written by Mikis Theodorakis
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Stand-out Character Dynamic
21 October 2006 | by movieratings03See all my reviews

THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN **** Jacqueline Mitchard's bestselling tearjerker is incorporated into this heartfelt, emotional motion picture about losing a loved one, rising above certain challenges from which point, and finally experiencing a saving grace. Ulu Grosbard's cast is exquisite, with Michelle Pfeiffer playing the mother of three kids who attends a high school reunion, and accidentally loses the younger son. A search for the little guy wasn't over for weeks upon weeks, until our family had to face facts that he wasn't coming home. But the most unexpected thing happens about nine years later when a boy comes up to mow the lawn, whom the family believes is the long-lost child. Treat Williams is great as the man-to-lean-on husband who wants to do the right thing. Whoopi Goldberg adds a nice touch as Detective Bliss. Amid its interesting theme, the character dynamic stands out - from how the players respond to each other through the horrific circumstance, to mutually reaching a place of forgiveness and comfort, with each other and in themselves. One of the more rewarding films I've seen lately.


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