The Deep End of the Ocean

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Released 1999

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Director:
Ulu Grosbard
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
The Deep End of the Ocean is the acclaimed 1999 drama, based on the bestselling book by Jacquelyn Mitchard and directed by Ulu Grosbard (Falling in Love, Georgia, True Confessions). Michelle Pfeiffer plays willowy photographer Beth, experiencing the sweet life in Madison, Wisconsin with a kind and attentive hubby Pat (Treat Williams) and three adorable young children. While in Chicago for a class reunion, every parent's ultimate nightmare becomes a reality: her middle child unaccountably disappears in the middle of a crowded hotel lobby. As months pass, the family attempts to cope with the horrific reality of their situation. Then, the film moves ahead a decade and the child is miraculously discovered living a mere few blocks away, happily ensconced with a man first thought to be a kidnapper, then revealed as an innocent pawn in an abduction scheme gone awry. As the child moves in with his 'true' parents, a swirling maelstrom of emotions forms, where both parents must deal with their most cherished wish coming true.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams give such magnetic performances that they elevate the film way above its middlebrow sensibility and proclivity for neat resolutions.

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Grosbard mercifully avoids melodrama -- the only real false notes are musical ones, from a score by Elmer Bernstein that turns familiar and trite when the film does not.

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A painfully stolid movie that lumbers past emotional issues like a wrestler in a cafeteria line, putting a little of everything on his plate.

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Ryan Merriman

Ryan Merriman

Sam Karras/Ben Cappadora - Age 12

Treat Williams

Treat Williams

Pat Cappadora

Alexa Vega

Alexa Vega

Kerry Cappadora

Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson

Vincent Cappadora - Age 16

Michael McElroy

Michael McElroy

Ben Cappadora - Age 3

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer

Beth Cappadora

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Drama

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Coming of Age, 90s, Family Dramas