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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$126,670,704 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In "Everything Is Copy," the 2015 documentary about Nora Ephon's life and career, Tom Hanks reveals that there was another child actor cast as his character's son, Jonah, before Ross Malinger, but Ephron thought the first kid was not working out and she fired him. Hanks avoided specifying who that first child actor was. See more »


On the Empire State Building, Annie's scarf is longer after she picks up the backpack. See more »


Jessica: I am telling them you're twelve so you can fly unaccompanied and the stewardess won't carry you around and stuff like that.
Jonah Baldwin: Are you crazy! Who'd believe I'm twelve?
Jessica: If it's in the computer, they believe anything.
Jonah Baldwin: Are you sure?
Jessica: Do you want me to say that you are really really short for your age and they shouldn't say anything because it would hurt your feelings.
Jonah Baldwin: Yeah, that's a great idea!
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26 December 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

like this one, a 10 is all you can do. Tom is great, Meg the woman plays the woman's role like nobody else could have.....If I get tears in a movie, the movie is a m o v i e ........touching. Thank you folks who did it, the folks who wrote this wonderful story. Am I sentimental? Yess. And it feels good. Each turn of the story makes you wish, hope, and finally no violence in a movie. What a relief. If you watch this movie around x-mas, you probable get more sentimental than in a hot summer night, I don't no. It took me 12 years to get to see this movie. Heard so much and everything I heard was an understatement. Thank you Tom and Meg and specially Ross, love you.

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