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At Theaters: 3/12/1999 On Video: 8/10/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 28 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 029908
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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What happens at the heart of an American family when it is forced to brave the most devastating of tragedies -- and what happens to Beth, her husband Pat and their troubled teenage son Vincent when that tragedy is mysteriously and miraculously reversed.

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Drama - A drama based on the best-selling novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Likely to appeal most strongly to women.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Michelle Pfeiffer (Up Close and Personal)
Treat Williams (Deep Rising)
Jonathan Jackson (Free Willy)
Whoopi Goldberg (How Stella Got Her Groove Back)
Director: Ulu Grosbard (Georgia)
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Production Information
About the Book
About the Production
About the Production (Pg 2)
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PROFANITY: Occasional profanity, some of which is extreme.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: One scene involving mild violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One young character is seen drinking, and is later involved in drunk driving incident.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: None
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The ads for The Deep End of the Ocean, a 108-minute adaptation of Jacquelyn Mitchard's novel, have been trumpeting Michelle Pfeiffer's performance without saying much about the quality of the overall production. There's a reason for this: Pfeiffer is indeed superlative, but The Deep End of the Ocean is disappointing. The film is lacking in three distinct areas: character development, relationship building, and dramatic tension. This movie strips out the basic plot elements and presents them, disjointed and disconnected, for consumption by those of us who don't have the 10 hours necessary to peruse the book. Not surprisingly, the experience of watching the movie is about as satisfying as reading an outline.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 105 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
4
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M/F)
20
High
85%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
About 50/50
50%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
23
Fairly High
87%
30+Adults (F)
48
High
85%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Beth Gappadora (Pfeiffer) is like most mothers - loving, devoted, and occasionally overwhelmed by the demands of caring for her family and maintaining a successful career as a photographer. With her three small children in tow, she arrives at a hotel for her 15th high school reunion weekend. In the middle of the crowded lobby, she looks away for a moment - and in that moment her three-year-old son Ben disappears. A frantic search turns up nothing; he has vanished in the blink of an eye, seemingly without a trace.

As hours turn into days, days into months, Ben's disappearance has a devastating effect on Beth's ability to cope, creating tensions between her and her husband Pat (Golden Globe nominee Treat Williams) as well as her older son, Vincent (Gory Buck). Time goes by, and with Pat's help, Beth and the children go back to leading a seemingly normal life.

Then one day, some nine years later, a boy knocks on the Cappadoras' door, a boy who is the same age that their missing son would be now. Something strikes Beth about the color of his hair, the shape of his eyes, the curve of his cheek... Her mind dares to entertain the impossible thought - could it be him?

With the help of a tenacious police detective who over the years has become a close friend (Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg), Beth, Pat, their daughter Kerry and their troubled teenage son Vincent (Emmy award winner Jonathan Jackson) are reunited with Ben (Ryan Merriman), who now goes by the name of Sam and has been raised by his loving, adoptive fat her George (John Kapelos).

The joy that Beth and Pat experience at the miraculous reappearance of their son soon turns to concern as they realize that, since he has no memory of them or his brother or sister, they are all little more than strangers.

Despite Pat's resistance, it becomes increasingly clear to Beth that, however strong their love of and need for Sam, they must face the reality of his growing unhappiness at being deprived of the home he has known most of his life. What might be best for them may not be best for Sam.

In the end, Beth' selflessness, conviction and courage to act opens the way for Sam to bring a measure of hope to the family.

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