The Deep End of the Ocean script
Synopsis: After Beth Cappadora's (Michelle Pfeiffer) youngest son, Ben, vanishes in Chicago, she slowly descends into a deep depression, affecting her husband, Pat (Treat Williams), and her other children (Jonathan Jackson, Alexa Vega). Relocating to Chicago several years later, they are shocked to discover a local boy named Sam (Ryan Merriman) who looks strikingly similar to Ben. Along with detective Candy Bliss (Whoopi Goldberg), the family must relive their trauma and find out the truth about Sam.

Jimmy

Cecil Lockhart.

Ellen

You mean Cecil Maria Lockhart?

Beth

Star of stage, screen and mouthwash

commercials. Oh my God! There she is.

Ellen

Remember when she first got laid? When

she was 15, and she told us

Beth

" I can't imagine going a mouth without

it."

Jimmy

She was talking about pizza, guys.

Woman A

Hey, Beth! My God! How are you?

Woman B

Look at you! How are you?

Beth

Good, good.

Woman A

Is she your new one?

Beth

Aha.

Woman A

Where's little Vincent?

Vincent

I'm not little.

Woman A

Oh, No, you're not.

Vincent

Mom, I want to go.

Ben

Mom, I want pizza.

Beth

You stay with your brother. Martha, would

you take care of the car? It's ... Well,

you saw it. Right.

Benbo

I'll pay the thing.

Beth

Vincent! Listen! I want you to hold Ben's

hand real tight. And you guys can play on

this really cool cart, okay?

Vincent

Mom, my neck's hot. My neck is killing

me.

Beth

Vincent, listen up! This will only take a

second, okay? Stay here with Ben while

I'm paying the lady. When Martha comes,

she'll take you swimming, okay?

Vincent

okay.

Beth

Oh, thanks.

Front desk clerk

Sorry it took so long.

Beth

That's okay.

Beth

Where's Ben?

Vincent

He wouldn't let me hold him. Would you

look at my neck? I've got a heat rash or

something. Yeah, hold on sweetie.

Beth

Yeah, hold on sweetie. Ellen! Ben took

off. Would you...?

Ellen

I'll find him. See you later.

Beth

You stay here! Don't move.

Beth

Excuse me? Have you seen a little boy?

He's got a red baseball cap, 3 years old.

Waitress

No, sorry.

Beth

Vincent

Think heard. Which way did Ben go?

Vincent

I don't know.

Beth

Didn't you watch?

Vincent

I couldn't see him.

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Stephen Schiff

Stephen Schiff is an American screenwriter and journalist. He is best known for his work at The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, his screenplays for Lolita, True Crime, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and his work as a writer and producer on the acclaimed FX television series The Americans. more…

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