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Story

Vintage film noir gets a confidently stylish upgrade in this subtle domestic thriller, intensified by Tilda Swinton's acclaimed performance as a mother who risks everything to protect her family. Adapted from Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's story The Blank Wall (previously filmed as 1949's The Reckless Moment), the film's gripping plot commences with Margaret (Swinton), a naval officer's wife and mother of three, disposing of the body of a sleazy club owner, who died in an accident after a confrontation with Margaret's closeted gay son. Maternal instinct shifts into high gear when a blackmailer (Goran Visnjic) demands $50,000 to withhold incriminating evidence, and his unspoken feelings provoke an unexpectedly compassionate alliance. Compelling plot twists aside, The Deep End gains much of its impact from the quiet desperation of a family defined by its secrets and rescued by the mysterious motivations of the human heart. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Tilda SwintonMargaret Hall
Goran VisnjicAlek 'Al' Spera
Jonathan TuckerBeau Hall
Josh LucasDarby Reese
Raymond J. BarryCarlie Nagel
Tamara HopePaige Hall
Jordon DorranceDylan Hall
Heather MathiesonSue Lloyd
Holmes OsborneLoan Officer
Richard GrossDeputy Sheriff
Kip MartinBYD

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Scott McGehee
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 101 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 4, 2003
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