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The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

The Deep End of the Ocean



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A drama that touches on the issues of the rights of adoptive vs. biological parents, and what is ultimately best for the child, The Deep End Of The Ocean stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams as Beth and Pat Cappadora, working parents with three children. When Beth visits Chicago with the kids, she asks the oldest son to watch the youngest, three-year-old Ben, while she checks in to a hotel. When she returns a few minutes later, Ben has disappeared, nowhere to be found. Despite the best efforts of police detective Candy Bliss (Whoopi Goldberg), no trace of the boy can be discovered, and the loss has a profound effect on the family, especially Beth. Nine years later, a boy knocks on the Cappadoras' door, asking if they'd like him to mow their lawn. While Beth can hardly believe her first instinct, she soon discovers it's true -- the boy cutting the grass is actually Ben, who has been living with another family since his disappearance. While Ben is returned to the Cappadoras, the reunion isn't as blissful as everyone imagined at first; the family discovers Ben is in many ways a stranger to them, and Ben misses his adopted father, running away to be with him. Stephen Schiff based his screenplay on the 1996 novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Schiff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Michelle Pfeiffer
as Beth Cappadora
Treat Williams
as Pat Cappadora
Whoopi Goldberg
as Candy Bliss
Jonathan Jackson
as Vincent (age 16)
John Kapelos
as George Karras
Cory Buck
as Vincent (age 7)
Alexa Vega
as Kerry (age 9)
K.K. Dodds
as Theresa
Joey Simmrin
as Schaffer
Mary Anne Summers
as Cecil Lockhart
Susie Spear
as Cheerleader
Lisa Maris
as Cheerleader
Daniel Hagen
as Hotel Manager
McNally Sagal
as Woman Cop
Frank Marocco
as Bandleader
Aison McMillian
as Desk Clerk
Wayne Duvall
as McGuire
Gerald McSorley
as Father Cleary
Mickey Swenson
as Cop Tommy/Cop No. 1
Todd Jeffries
as Cop Ricky
Steve Ireland
as Reporter
Wylie Small
as Reporter
Ana Gabriel
as Reporter
Ken Magee
as Cop No. 2
Ron Von Gober
as Police Officer
Robert "Bobby Z" Zaj...
as Helicopter Pilot
Jim James
as Zoo Employee
Emidio Antonio
as Zoo Employee
Patricia M. Leahy
as Zoo Employee
Pete Sutton
as Community Center Vol...
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Critic Reviews for The Deep End of the Ocean

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (17)

Well-acted but pedestrian TV-like melodrama what what consitutes a family, or sociology versus biology in the kinship debate.

Full Review… | June 20, 2006
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Grosbard...forgets the need for character motivation, point of view, or anything else that might make this compelling subject an interesting film.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

TV movie fare. Not bad, but nothing more than average.

Steve B.

Super Reviewer


Michelle did a great job in this.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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