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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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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?


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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mary Kelly was the name Sam Baldwin gave as the eighth girl he "made it with" in college. Mary A. Kelly is the Script Supervisor and also played a bit role as the nervous woman on the plane. See more »


When Jonah is sitting with Jessica in the chair, he tells Sam: "When you play it backwards this says 'Paul is Dead'." The actual saying is 'Turn me on dead man' and it is on The Beatles' White Album, which was released on Apple records. (The record on their record play has a 'Capitol' label on it). The Capitol record that they are playing is more likely Strawberry Fields Forever. In the end section people claimed they heard John sing,"I buried Paul" which contributed to the hoax of Paul's premature death. See more »


[last lines]
Annie Reed: Sam... It's nice to meet you.
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When I Fall In Love
Written by Edward Heyman and Victor Young
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Céline Dion (as Celine Dion) and Clive Griffin
Courtesy of Epic Records
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22 June 1999 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The movies are full of alternate universes and maybes that make them a great escape. Sleepless In Seattle is a great romantic comedy. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in a movie where they are hardly onscreen together and yet we feel both of their characters infatuation. It's an amazing job that director Nora Ephron does in making us care about the relationship between these two characters when their not hardly together onscreen. The movie also has great performances, from the leads and from supporting players Rosie O'Donnell and Rob Reiner, as well as a very goofy but sweet turn from Bill Pullman. This movie will make you feel good.

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