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The Deep End of the Ocean (12-Mar-1999)

Director: Ulu Grosbard

Writer: Stephen Schiff

Based on a book by: Jacquelyn Mitchard

Music by: Elmer Bernstein

Producers: Kate Guinzburg; Steve Nicolaides

Keywords: Drama, Class Reunion

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Whoopi Goldberg
13-Nov-1955   Sister Act
Jonathan Jackson
11-May-1982   Lucky Spencer on General Hospital
Lucinda Jenney
23-Apr-1954   Rain Man
John Kapelos
8-Mar-1956   Det. Schanke on Forever Knight
Michael McGrady
30-Mar-1960   Det. Salinger on Southland
Ryan Merriman
10-Apr-1983   Young Jarod on The Pretender
Tony Musante
30-Jun-1936 26-Nov-2013 Toma
Michelle Pfeiffer
29-Apr-1958   The Witches of Eastwick
Brenda Strong
25-Mar-1960   Desperate Housewives
Alexa Vega
27-Aug-1988   Spy Kids
Treat Williams
1-Dec-1951   Prince of the City


Michelle Pfeiffer   ...   Beth
Treat Williams   ...   Pat
Jonathan Jackson   ...   Vincent (age 16)
John Kapelos   ...   George
Ryan Merriman   ...   Sam
Tony Musante   ...   Angelo
Rose Gregorio   ...   Rosie
Lucinda Jenney   ...   Laurie
Cory Buck   ...   Vincent (age 7)
John Roselius   ...   Bastokovich
Brenda Strong   ...   Ellen
K. K. Dodds   ...   Theresa
Whoopi Goldberg   ...   Candy
Alexa Vega   ...   Kerry (age 9)
Michael McGrady   ...   Jimmy Daugherty
Michael McElroy   ...   Ben
Joey Simmrin   ...   Schaffer
Holly Towne   ...   Martha
Maryanne Summers   ...   Cecil Lockhart
Susie Spear   ...   Cheerleader
Lisa Maris   ...   Cheerleader
Daniel Hagen   ...   Hotel Manager
McNally Sagal   ...   Woman Cop
Robert Cicchini   ...   Joey
Frank Marocco   ...   Bandleader
Alison McMillan   ...   Desk Clerk
Stephanie Feury   ...   Waitress
Wayne Duvall   ...   McGuire
Fr. Gerald McSorley   ...   Fr. Cleary
Mickey Swenson   ...   Cop Tommy / Cop #1
Todd Jeffries   ...   Cop Ricky
Steve Ireland   ...   Reporter
Scott William Mckinlay   ...   Reporter
Wylie Small   ...   Reporter
Ana Gabriel   ...   Reporter
Nancy Sullivan   ...   Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed   ...   Reporter
Robert Clotworthy   ...   Reporter
Ken Magee   ...   Cop #2
Van Epperson   ...   Guard
Jennifer Reznikoff   ...   Waitress
Ron von Gober   ...   Police Officer
Steve Blalock   ...   ND Cop
Mike Watson   ...   ND Cop
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc   ...   Helicopter Pilot
Jim James   ...   Zoo Employee
Emidio Antonio   ...   Zoo Employee
Patricia M. Leahy   ...   Zoo Employee
Pete Sutton   ...   Community Center Volunteer


Review by Anonymous (posted on 24-Sep-2007)

An effective account (real?) of a family whose middle child, a three year old boy, turns up missing one day. The family later moves to a Chicago suburb and one day the mother of the child meets a boy from the neighborhood who asks to mow their yard and begins to wonder if this boy might in fact be their lost son 12 years later. The film excellently focuses on the emotional ups and downs which each member of the family experiences from the lost child (son to the parents, sibling to an older brother and a younger sister who was only an infant at the time the boy disappeared), as well as the emotional upheaval for both the father of the missing boy during his "lost" years, particularly upon learning that the boy must return to his family of origin, and for the boy who mostly only remembers the foster father (mother who stole him is deceased by the time the family of origin "find" him), and the different reactions of the birth father and birth mother to the loss and then to the problems of trying to re-integrate him into his birth family. The film ends with a surprise outcome that seems quite realistic. The film is well worth seeing, though it may be too "heavy" for any parents or children of families in which there has been the loss, by death, accident, or deliberate theft, of a child.

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