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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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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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Plot Keywords:

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?


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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?


Natasha Richardson was considered for the role of Annie Reed. See more »


While Sam and Jonah are on phone with Dr. Marsha Fieldstone they sit on a bench. Sam's hand jumps from between his legs to on his right leg between shots. See more »


Annie: This was mailed before I went to Seattle. Before the ho.
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A Wink And A Smile
Written by Marc Shaiman and Ramsey McLean
Produced by Marc Shaiman and Harry Connick Jr.
Performed by Harry Connick Jr.
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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I enjoyed it for its characters and performances, and was thankful for what wasn't there.
18 August 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

This is a movie with characters and performances which are appealing, and it is an old-fashioned, feel-good love story. The film also has a bit of sadness in its early part, thankfully not overdone. The five lead characters and the performances by their actors (Hanks, Ryan, Malinger, Pullman and O'Donnell) are all engaging.

The primary members of the support cast are also excellent (David Pierce, Annie's brother; Garber and Wilson as Sam's brother-in-law and sister; Reiner as his colleague/friend; young Gaby Hoffman; and Barbara Garrick as Sam's brief girlfriend).

The story, juxtaposed with the classic Grant/Kerr predecessor, could have provided an excessive gimmick, but here it worked well. And I was grateful for some things I didn't find in this flick. Although I watched the program like everyone else, I found Rob Reiner's character, acting and presence in "All in the Family" to be obnoxious and annoying, ALL THE TIME, and watched the program in spite of his presence. And I have found Rosie O'Donnell's presence to be the epitomé of ANNOYING in every respect, every time I've observed her, previously. But in this film, I enjoyed both of their performances completely. Children in movies can also be an irritating presence, but Malinger and Hoffman were delightful as son Jonah, and his little neighbor/friend. Barbara Garrick, with a supporting role here (as in "The Firm") is an appealing actress, for whom one would wish more prominent roles.

Tom Hanks is one of the foremost actors of our time, but even he can go a smidgen too far in a characterization (I thought he did so in both "Forrest Gump" and "Philadelphia"). But he certainly didn't here. Watch, enjoy, and feel good.

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