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The Deep End of the Ocean
(1999)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated and Produced by:
Emilie A. Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(February 23rd, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a soft, nostalgic, and sensitive tribute by Elmer Bernstein to the introverted personal style common to his early Golden Age years.

Avoid it... if you have no affinity for Bernstein's two most similar scores during the last eight years of his career, Frankie Starlight and Far From Heaven.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #979
WRITTEN 3/19/99, REVISED 5/4/08
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The Deep End of the Ocean: (Elmer Bernstein) Deeply flawed in its adaptation of Jacquelyn Mitchard's novel, The Deep End of the Ocean was soundly rejected by critics who correctly complained about the film's poor pacing and character development. In the shallow, rushed plot, a family loses one of its three children to kidnapping and is forced to adapt to life without a young boy. Many years later, the boy just happens across his former family when he unwittingly comes to their door asks if they need their lawn mowed. The boy has been raised by a nearby family who, in part, doesn't realize that he had been kidnapped. How the two families cope with the turn of events is the bulk of the story, and Michelle Pfeiffer's performance as the lost boy's mother was the advertising point for the production. Mediocre performance left The Deep End of the Ocean without much of a future, though its score by the legendary Elmer Bernstein has kept the production closer to the forefront in the minds of film score collectors. Bernstein turned 77 years old near the release of the film and 1999 was the composer's final full year of score writing. The quality of his music did not significantly decline in those late years, though while Hoodlum is perhaps the most impressive standalone work from that period, there is no doubt that the return to Bernstein's own dramatic works late in the Golden Age was a fitting way to cap off his career. Three scores together represent that lovely tribute to personal and introspective drama from the classic era: Frankie Starlight, The Deep End of the Ocean, and Far From Heaven. All three offer graceful themes and a genuine heart, a sound increasingly forgotten in the digital era.



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Average: 3.34 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 30:04
• 1. Main Title (5:11)
• 2. Brothers (2:33)
• 3. Sam is Lost (3:59)
• 4. Home Again (4:13)
• 5. Photographs (2:25)
• 6. Cecil (2:26)
• 7. Giving Back (3:04)
• 8. Reunion (3:06)
• 9. End Credits (3:08)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains credits and the following note from Bernstein:

    "The Deep End of the Ocean is a film about a family being held in a very delicate balance after the abduction of their youngest son. This causes a dysfunctional relationship between husband and wife and mother and the remaining two children.

    Because the central character in the film is an absent child, much of the music and its instrumentation suggests child-like memories. There is a great presence of harps, bells and musical sounds which conjure up images of childhood. Although there is a general, and in my opinion regrettable, trend towards synthesizer music, such sounds would be inappropriate in a film which is about people and people's anguish. Therefore, the orchestration leans on musical sounds we associate with people rather than machines. Because of the fact that thereis a delicate balance in the relationships, the score is subtle and unobtrusive in an effort to support rather than disturb that balance."
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