The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Movie InfoBeth Cappadora (Michelle Pfeiffer), a photographer, is married to Pat (Treat Williams), a restaurateur, and they would seem to have a perfect life in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1988, they have three small children that Beth takes along to her high school reunion in Chicago. While checking in at a crowded hotel lobby, her middle child, three-year-old Ben, disappears. Despite a frantic search and much media coverage, the boy is not found, and Beth soon falls apart. Nine years later, the family has only barely recovered when they move to Chicago so Pat can open a restaurant with his father. A few months later, a neighborhood boy named Sam Karras (Ryan Merriman) knocks on the door, asking to mow the lawn. Beth notices the boy's appearance exactly matches a time-elapsed photo of Ben constructed by the police; she takes pictures of the boy and contacts both her husband and police detective Candy Bliss (Whoopi Goldberg). School fingerprints of Ben and Sam match, and the boy is taken to foster care while Candy and Beth confront the father, George (John Kapelos). It seems Ben was abducted by an unbalanced woman who was Beth's high school classmate; the boy was eventually adopted by George when he married "Sam's" new mother, and she later committed suicide, leaving no one to blame. Having grown up happily with George, Sam has no memories of his real parents. Now Beth and Pat must find a way to bond with Sam, and heal older brother Vincent (Jonathan Jackson), who was supposed to be watching Ben at the time he disappeared, and has been suffering from guilt ever since. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Deep End of the Ocean
Well-acted but pedestrian TV-like melodrama what what consitutes a family, or sociology versus biology in the kinship debate.
Grosbard...forgets the need for character motivation, point of view, or anything else that might make this compelling subject an interesting film.
a flawed but often effective family drama that turns on the deepest fear of every parent or guardian: that one dumb move, a single moment of neglect that can turn the rest of your life inside out.
Sometimes in tragedies healing can only take place when love means letting go.
Michelle Pfeiffer turns in an impassioned performance of often gut-wrenching intensity in a film that deserves far less.
A respectable family drama, but is all the more disappointing since it is obvious that it could have been so much more.
Fans of Jacquelyn Mitchard's novel may find enough echoes of the book to justify the price of admission. But others can see this sort of thinly crafted melodrama in TV movies every week.
Seems just to skim over the story... without ever delving into its depths.
Audience Reviews for The Deep End of the Ocean
Moving story about a family who's son disappears but thye find him years later. Brilliant performance by Michelle.More
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