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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  25 June 1993 (USA)
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A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Valerie Wright ...
Betsy Reed
Irene Reed
Harold Reed
Uncle Milton


After his wife Maggie passes away, Sam Baldwin and his 8-year-old son Jonah relocate from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief associated with Maggie's death. Eighteen months later Sam is still grieving and can't sleep. Although Jonah misses his mother, he wants his father to get a new wife despite Sam having not even contemplated dating again. On Christmas Eve, Sam (on Jonah's initiative) ends up pouring his heart out on a national radio talk show about his magical and perfect marriage to Maggie, and how much he still misses her. Among the many women who hear Sam's story and fall in love with him solely because of it is Annie Reed, a Baltimore-based newspaper writer. Annie's infatuation with Sam's story and by association Sam himself is despite being already engaged. But Annie's relationship with her straight-laced fiancé Walter is unlike her dream love life in the movie An Affair to Remember (1957). She even writes to Sam proposing they meet atop the Empire State Building on ... Written by Huggo

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radio | love | radio show | airport | grief | See All (44) »


What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?


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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sintonía de amor  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,533,322 (UK) (15 October 1993)


£9,223,234 (UK) (10 December 1993)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nora Ephron:  When Meg Ryan's character is in the kitchen in the middle of the night listening to the 'best of' radio callers, the caller 'Disappointed in Denver' is voiced by Ephron. See more »


When Annie and Walter are getting out of their cars at her parents' home in Baltimore, a street sign for Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood is visible. See more »


Sam Baldwin: I am NOT going to New York to meet some woman who could be a crazy, sick lunatic! Didn't you see Fatal Attraction?
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Spoofed in Kate & Leopold (2001) See more »


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Written by Herman Hupfeld
Performed by Jimmy Durante
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It's time for something different...something like this
13 March 2004 | by (Taipei, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

After his wife's funeral, Sam (Tom Hanks), an architect, moves from Chicago to Seattle with his son, Johna (Ross Malinger) so he can stay away from all those things that remind him of his beloved wife, which he just can't bear any longer.

In Baltimore, Annie (Meg Ryan), a newspaper journalist, is engaged to Walter (Bill Pullman) and is looking forward to getting married. But when Annie's mother talks about the 'magic' that she instantly feels when Annie's father holds her hand, Annie cannot comprehend the meaning. One evening, Annie hears Johna on a national radio show, saying his dad is lonely and sad, still cannot forget his late wife and Johna thinks his dad needs a new wife to make him happy. Thousands of women across the country write to Sam, among them is Annie. Her letter in the rubbish bin is sent out by her good friend Becky (Rosie O'Donnell).

So Annie travels all the way to Seattle in hope to meet Sam, but it doesn't work out fine. However, when Johna reads the letter from Annie, he knows she's the right one and he replies on his father's behalf for meeting each other on the roof of the Empire State Building...

This is a refreshing, quite light-hearted story. It's slow but I'm sure many people would like it. It's funny that, when Sam first sees Annie, he somehow feels that he has met her before...rather funny, isn't it? Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are great on the screen together and the flick is perfect for relaxing. With a delightful soundtrack.

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