The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Deep End of the Ocean1999

The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)



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In the middle of a crowded hotel lobby Beth Cappadora looks away for a moment-and in that moment lives every parent's nightmare when her three-year-old son Ben disappears. THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN portrays the joyful and wrenching experiences of Beth and her husband Pat when Ben mysteriously and miraculously reappears nine years later, at the age of twelve, a happily adopted child with no memory of his real parents or of his troubled teenage brother Vincent.

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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 PenaVega
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" Zajonc
as Helicopter Pilot
Jim James
as Zoo Employee
Emidio Antonio
as Zoo Employee
Patricia M. Leahy
as Zoo Employee
Pete Sutton
as Community Center Volunteer
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Critic Reviews for The Deep End of the Ocean

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8)

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

June 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
Top Critic

The Deep End of the Ocean is unconvincing from start to finish.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The subject is poignant and suspenseful, but the treatment is drab and uninvolving despite competent acting and a few well-crafted scenes.

March 21, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Grosbard...forgets the need for character motivation, point of view, or anything else that might make this compelling subject an interesting film.

January 12, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

June 23, 2002 | Full Review…

Sometimes in tragedies healing can only take place when love means letting go.

February 28, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Deep End of the Ocean


This is truly a sad film, but it has its problems. Michelle Pfeiffer played an incredible performance however.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

Super Reviewer


Moving story about a family who's son disappears but thye find him years later. Brilliant performance by Michelle.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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

Steve B.
Steve B.

Super Reviewer

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